• Hair, Beauty, Complementary Therapies and Make-Up

    Wellness Therapies (Level 6)

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • 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.

If you want to learn and explore techniques for developing and promoting a healthy lifestyle, and to help others, then this course is an ideal starting point.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in health and wellbeing
  • Four National 5s or equivalent OR a relevant qualification at SCQF Level 5 or equivalent
  • 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.

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

What's Involved

This course offers a great introduction to holistic therapies, helping you to develop a toolkit to promote health and wellbeing. With the emphasis on practical skills, you’ll spend a lot of time training in our own commercial salons, providing treatments to external clients. You’ll also cover several theory aspects, to give you essential knowledge and understanding.

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

  • Healthy eating and wellbeing - you’ll explore what’s involved in a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle. You’ll use your knowledge to advise clients on how to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing, from detoxing to exercising.
  • Massage - you’ll learn how to perform individualised massages on the body, face, and scalp, neck and shoulders. You’ll use a range of techniques for different treatment plans.
  • Managing stress - you’ll look at what cause stress and how this affects the body. You’ll develop skills in stress management strategies, such as visualisation, breathing techniques and relaxation.
  • Natural products - you’ll investigate how natural ingredients can be used to treat minor ailments, help seasonal allergies and benefit everyday skincare.
  • Investigation - you’ll develop skills in researching a range of Wellness therapies, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, reflexology, floatation and hydrotherapy. You’ll also look at body structures/systems, and how complementary treatments can benefit how they function.
  • First Aid - you’ll learn how to administer basic first aid in the Salon.

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

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

Go Anywhere

In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.

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

  • Moving onto HNC Complementary Therapies
  • Exploring your future career options which could include: Self-Employed Holistic Therapist within a salon or spa, Holistic Therapist within a Spa or an Holistic Clinical Practitioner.


  • Positive partnership - Melissa starts off student work placements with Ayrshire Hospice. Click here to read the blog.
  • Treat yourself at our training salons - 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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