Complementary Therapies SCQF Level 7

Providing you with the confidence and competence to pursue a career in complementary therapies.


Why take this course?

This course provides students with an industry recognised qualification, and the knowledge/skills necessary to work as a Complementary Therapist in a variety of contexts. Upon successful completion, learners may progress to further study in related fields or an HND Complementary Therapies course. 

What you will experience

You will learn advanced aspects of complementary therapies and related industries, and how to work effectively with colleagues and clients.

You will develop critical and evaluative thinking, self-direction and reflective practices, whilst gaining practical skills in body, aromatherapy and Indian head massage, reflexology, anatomy, physiology, clinical practice, health and safety, and stress management for clients.

You will learn in a realistic work environment, and identify excellent practice in promoting personal health and wellbeing. All skills will provide you with a range of opportunities due to enhanced career planning and employment prospects.

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Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area
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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 2 Highers (preferably English, Biology or Chemistry), units at SCQF Level 6 in appropriate subjects, an SVQ/NVQ at Level 3 in relevant subjects, a HNC/HND in Beauty Therapy, or occupationally relevant skills and experience. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Employment may be secured in the NHS, private hospices, salons, voluntary organisations, clinics or in self-employment endeavours.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2018
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.