• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    HND Complementary Therapies

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time, one year

  • Start Date

    Sep 2020

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The practice of the complementary and holistic therapeutic approach has become extremely popular in the UK for supporting health and wellbeing. This can simply be an indulgent treatment experience at a spa or salon. However, it can also be used in the support and management of an individual coping with health issues, and in line with conventional medicine to bring an individual’s health back into balance.

This course will equip you with the necessary skills of the Holistic Therapist to help maintain the balance of health and wellbeing. You’ll gain the knowledge necessary to be able to work independently in line with current codes of practice and alongside conventional medicine in an integrative practice.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • HNC Complementary Therapy with a minimum of 15 credits
  • To submit an application, completing all sections, including Personal Statement in full. NB we may notify you of the outcome by letter and/or invite you to attend an interview.
  • To be over 16.

What's Involved

This course builds on the acquired knowledge of the HNC, giving you an even deeper understanding of how the body works in both health and ill health, as well as how to maintain wellbeing. You’ll focus largely on theory, but will also further develop your practical skills in respected therapies in our commercial training salon. On completion, you’ll have in depth knowledge of both western and eastern philosophies of health, and will be fully prepared to enter employment or establish your own practice.

Here’s just some of the units you may study:

  • Aromatherapy - you’ll look more in depth at essential and fixed oils, and their uses in holistic practice within a clinical setting.
  • Reflexology – you’ll develop your skills to an advanced level, building on prior learning in techniques and applications in the support of balancing health, and preparing you for work within a clinical environment.
  • Stone therapy - you’ll develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills to provide the highly specialised technique of stone therapy.
  • Lifestyle - you’ll explore a holistic approach to a balanced lifestyle, and learn how to advise clients to improve and maintain good health and wellbeing.
  • Pathological processes – you’ll explore the factors that lead to disease and how they affect the body, and look at how Complementary Therapists support the treatment of diseases.
  • Integration in health care services – you’ll look at the different approaches to health care and healing, then focus on an integrated system which combines complementary therapies with conventional medicine.

You’ll also have the opportunity to develop your skills through:

  • Working on placements
  • Volunteering in the community such as Women’s Aid
  • Helping at promotional events, like campus wellbeing days
  • Hearing from industry speakers

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto a degree course at university, such as BSc Integrative Healthcare (direct entry into Year 3 at the University of the Highlands and Islands (available via distance learning)
  • Seeking to start your career as a Self-Employed Holistic Therapist, Holistic Therapist within a Spa, Holistic Clinical Practitioner or in a Holistic/Mainstream Integrated Practice in Healthcare.
  • Positive partnership - Melissa starts off student work placements with Ayrshire Hospice. Click here to read the blog.


  • See what’s on offer at our commercial hair, beauty and nail salons in Kilwinning, Kilmarnock and Ayr. Click here to read our blog.

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Start Date

Sep 2020

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