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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy

Course Syllabus

Unit iUCT40 - Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies

View the full ITEC syllabus here
Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration. Students will cover the following:

  • Working properties of 45 essential oils
  • Properties of 7 Carrier oils
  • Oil blending, synergies, definitions
  • Diseases & Disorders of all body systems
  • Advanced massage techniques, lymphatic drainage and acupressure points
  • Skincare & Facials
  • Advice on using Aromatherapy for Stress Management and cancer patients. Signposting and advice for recommended further CPD training.
  • Learn to make your own creams and lotions for treatments

Unit iUCT38 - Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies:

View the full syllabus for Unit iUCT38 here

Understand the anatomy, physiology and pathologies of each system:

  • Organisation of the body
  • Cells
  • Skeletal
  • Muscular
  • Cardiovasular
  • Respiratory
  • Digestive
  • Neurological/Nervous
  • Endocrine
  • Lymphatic
  • Reproductive
  • Urinary
  • Skin, Hair, Nails

Assignment 1: Unit 384 Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies

View iUCT21 Assignment Guidelines Here

Identify and explain the origins and principles of 4 other complementary therapies.

Assignment 2: Unit iUCT34 Business Practice for Complementary Therapies

View iUCT34 Assignment Guidelines Here

Plan and prepare an appropriate business plan for a potential complementary therapy practice.

Assignment 3: Unit iUCT40 - Provide Aromatherapy for Complementary Therapies

View iUCT40 Assignment Guidelines Here

Research and create an index of 15 essential oils from the list of essential oils on the guidance form.

If you've completed similar assignments as part of a prior qualification, such as a Massage Diploma, within the last three years, you might qualify for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning). Get in touch to discuss if this might be available to you.

Course Overview

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy - qualify as a massage therapist specialising in prescriptive blending of essential oils.

Learn the Power of 45+ Essential Oils with Clinical Aromatherapy Training

Discover the unique properties of over 45 essential oils and learn how to use them safely and effectively. Our Clinical Aromatherapy program equips you with specialised knowledge, enabling you to expertly blend and prescribe these beautiful oils and other products tailored to your clients' specific needs. Enhance your skills and become a trusted practitioner with us.

This comprehensive training program goes beyond aromatherapy. It not only equips you to provide specializsd care for clients and address health issues effectively but also qualifies you as a massage therapist. You'll master the art of full-body massage, incorporating techniques such as lymphatic drainage and acupressure.

Our course also covers in-depth anatomy and physiology, offering an in-depth understanding of various diseases and disorders affecting the entire body.


+ About this Aromatherapy Course

+ What's included in Your Course

+ Choosing how and when to study

+ Your Qualification Journey

Assessment Criteria

After the completion of your classroom days, you'll be required to complete home-based studies and assignments. You'll need to provide evidence of these studies upon your return to the Academy for final exams, typically taken 5-6 months after your course contact days.

Students have the flexibility to register for an exam block, which occurs every 3 months, once they feel prepared and have completed the following requirements. This approach allows for flexibility in the timeframe for completion.

To effectively prepare, we recommend dedicating approximately 5-10 hours per week to complete your case studies, theory studies, and assignments.

Folder Work / Portfolio

You'll be required to complete the following after your clasroom days:

  • 36 case studies (6 individuals, each receiving treatments 6 times)
  • 15 individual treatments
  • Completing 9 'applications' - this involves creating and blending a cream, potion or lotion for your clients needs
  • Compiling a directory of 15 oils
  • Writing 2 assignments (Business Plan & Complementary Therapies)


Examinations will be conducted at the Academy once you have completed the above and registered for an exam date:

  • "Mock" Practical Exam (scheduled 2 weeks before the practical exam, allowing you a practice run and providing feedback from your tutor for improvement)
  • Practical Exam, externally invigilated by ITEC
  • Anatomy & Physiology Theory Paper – 50 multiple choice questions

Entry Requirements

No Previous Experience Needed

If you do not yet have a Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology qualification, you will study this along side your Aromatherapy course via e-learning or classroom learning. Once you have selected your dates for the Aromatherapy course, you will be prompted to select how you would like to study the A&P part of this course which defaults to e-learning. If you need advice on whether you need to do your A+P qualification, please get in contact.

Already completed an Anatomy and Physiology qualification or similar assignments in another qualification?

If a student already holds a recognisable Anatomy & Physiology qualification, there might be an opportunity for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for the A&P Unit. RPL could also be considered for assignments completed as part of another Level 3 RQF qualification. However, specific criteria need to be met:

  • It must be a regulated qualification
  • Qualifications must be less than 3 years old
  • A minimum of 80% of the syllabus must match like-for-like

It's important to note that if RPL is granted, the student will only receive a "Pass" mark; no Merit or Distinction will be awarded.

There's an official RPL process initiated with ITEC after enrollment, involving a fee of £35+VAT (charged by ITEC for the service).

Please get in contact to begin the RPL process or check if your qualification is eligible. Alternatively, you can opt to "self-study" the A&P unit and still sit the exam element with us. 

Books for Study

Below is a list of books that we recommend students buy to support their studies. The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils is particularly useful for the pre-learning elements of your course.

An Introductory Guide to Aromatherapy

ISBN: 978-1903348147

Encyclopedia of Essential Oils

ISBN: 978-0007145188

An Introductory Guide to Business                            


An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology-5th Edition


Why Train with Us

At the Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality training in Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage, ensuring that each student attains the highest level of professional qualification. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to your success.

Here's why you should choose us:

1. ITEC Accredited Course: Ensuring highest quality training.

2. Guaranteed Small Group Tuition: We believe in personalised support, so our class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 10 students per tutor. This ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance throughout your training.

3. Passionate, Experienced Tutors: Our experienced tutors are not just educators; they are industry experts committed to upholding the highest standards. You'll learn from the best in the field.

4. Free Thursday Evening Support: Your learning journey doesn't end when you're qualified. We offer free Thursday in person evening support, available both during your training and after you've earned your certification. We're here to assist you every step of the way.

5. A Positive, Inclusive Learning Environment: Our academy provides a fun and friendly atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in your studies and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for complementary therapies.

6. Exclusive student TOTUM Card Eligibility: All our courses qualify you to apply for a TOTUM card, granting you access to discounts and savings at various retailers, making your educational journey even more cost-effective.

7. Ongoing Industry Support: We are committed to your success as a qualified therapist. Beyond your training, we offer free talks on setting up your own practice, provide access to exclusive Facebook groups with job opportunities, and maintain regular contact with your dedicated tutor. We're here to support your journey into the industry.

When you choose the Academy, you're not just choosing a training college; you're choosing a pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in Complementary Therapies. Join us today and embark on a journey of knowledge, growth, and achievement.

About Your Tutor(s)

Annette Stoker

Holistic Tutor

I have been involved with the Complementary Therapies Industry since 2004 and have been teaching since 2008. I have a teaching degree in post compulsory education (Cert Ed) and am ITEC qualified in all the subjects I teach. Having worked in prestigious spas and run my own practice, I am confident that as a passionate and committed member of the team I can inspire, enthuse and provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a highly sought after therapist in your chosen field.


I studied Aromatherapy and Deep Tissue with you. On Sunday I won silver at National Massage Championships. Just wanted to say thanks for all your support and inspiration during my course...please say thanks to Annette and Chris. It was great for me to get out of London and study somewhere different and really grateful for your academy.. I’m so happy I won, massage has been a huge part of my life since that course. 

- Tara Oakley | October 2021

Just wanted to say what a superb course I attended, the entire experience was so rewarding. 

Annette was such a great tutor, even though I was forgetting some of the massage movements and struggling with Latin names I was getting so well drilled by the end I was dreaming about Piper Negrum,Ladders, kneading etc..

Such a great group and lovely staff, cannot wait to get stuck into my coursework and A nd P.

— Brian Newlyn : August 2020

Excellent course and Annette, the trainer, was knowledgeable, friendly and supportive - all in all, very well run and I was impressed throughout. I was disappointed when it came to an end and plan to do more courses with them in the future.

— Lauren - Aromatherapy | July 2019

Many thanks for all your help, advice and support today and throughout the course. I have loved learning and feel very lucky to have found a craft that gives me as much pleasure as the client.

I will see you again, just want to keep on learning, and the academy is such a wonderful environment with caring, happy, kind and lovely people.

Thank you again and all the very best.

— Stephanie Davis - Massage Diploma | February 2018

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