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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy

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.


Unlock New Career Opportunities with Our ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy

Are you ready to embark on a fulfilling career or add a rewarding income stream to your existing profession? Our comprehensive aromatherapy course will equip you with the skills needed to become a certified professional aromatherapist. Upon successful completion, you'll gain the qualifications required for insurance to practice on the general public and access membership in professional associations.

This internationally recognised qualification offers you the flexibility to work in various settings, including:

  • Launch your own private practice as a self-employed practitioner.
  • Work within salons, clinics, health clubs, spas, or hotels.
  • Serve in healthcare settings such as the NHS, hospices, and more.

For anyone involved in the Complementary Therapy and Care Industry, this course is indispensable. Learn to provide an exceptional level of care to your clients, promoting overall well-being and responding to each client's unique needs.

Moreover, once you're certified, you can further enhance your skills through Continued Professional Development (CPD) short courses. We offer a range of 1 and 2-day courses, including pregnancy massagehot stone therapy and trigger point therapy, enabling you to create a unique and exciting business within this incredible industry. Start your journey with Cotswold Academy today.

Upon completion, you'll be able to join a number of associations, we recommend the CThA (Complementary Therapists Association) or FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) as highly reputable within the industry.

  • Aromatherapy Bundle: Get a premium carry case with 43 essential oils, tunic (for ladies), polo-shirt (for gents), and a towel set.
  • Choose online ITEC Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology 'e-learning' with interactive materials or in-classroom sessions.
  • Aromatherapy Theory: Access online e-learning to prepare for classroom sessions with interactive content.
  • 6 days of classroom instruction to reinforce theory and gain practical skills.
  • Study Support: Attend optional biweekly (Aromatherapy) and tri-weekly (A&P) Zoom sessions with your tutor.
  • Community Access: Join 'Thursday Evenings' for practice, learning, and networking with fellow therapists.
  • Small Class Sizes: Enjoy personalised support in small groups (8-10 students max).
  • All-Inclusive: The course cost covers ITEC Registration and final exam fees.
  • Career Resources: Access our private Facebook group with local job listings and equipment options.
  • Business Building: Attend free workshops to enhance your entrepreneurial skills.

For detailed information of the Aromatherapy course syllabus , please refer to the course syllabus tab.

Customise Your Anatomy & Physiology Learning Experience:

At the Cotswold Academy, we offer you the flexibility to choose how you'd like to study the Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) component of your course. By default, this unit is available for e-learning, but you have the option to switch to classroom learning and select your preferred attendance dates.

If you opt for e-learning, you'll gain instant access to our comprehensive online A&P curriculum. Designed to be self-paced, you can delve into the materials at your convenience. This means you can explore the A&P unit before, during, and after your classroom contact days. Our e-learning package includes a variety of resources, such as videos, interactive presentations, written materials, and quizzes. Additionally, you'll have access to Zoom catchup sessions every three weeks, offering valuable support specifically tailored to the A&P portion of your course.

Access to your Aromatherapy Course Learning Materials:

Furthermore, you'll have immediate access to your Aromatherapy online theory study. This section is thoughtfully designed to introduce you to crucial aspects, including essential oil properties, chemistry and componants of oils, and an exploration of the history, benefits, and contraindications of Aromatherapy. We recommend that students spend approximately 2-4 weeks before their classroom dates to review this learning content.

For your 6 days of classroom attendance, you have two options to choose from:

  1. Fast Track: This option allows you to attend 6 consecutive classroom days, granting you the opportunity to start your coursework right after completing your classroom sessions.
  2. Saturdays: When selecting a course date option for Saturdays, you will attend 6 Saturday classroom days, usually every other week. You can begin your coursework towards the end of your classroom days.

Explore the 'Assessment Criteria' tab for a detailed breakdown of coursework and examination requirements. At the Cotswold Academy, we empower you to tailor your learning journey according to your needs and preferences.

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.

Assessment Criteria

After completing your aromatherapy class days, you'll begin home-based studies and assignments.These must be submitted upon your return to the Academy for final exams.

Students are able to register for their final exams, having completed the required folder work which as an estimate takes an average of 5-6 months. To prepare adequately, it's suggested to allocate 5-10 hours per week for case studies, theory studies, and assignments.

Folder Work / Portfolio

  • 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)


  • "Mock" Practical Exam (2 weeks before the actual exam, for practice and tutor feedback)
  • Practical Exam, externally invigilated by ITEC
  • Anatomy & Physiology Theory Paper: 50 multiple choice questions

Entry Requirements

No Previous Experience Needed - Suitable for complete beginners!

If you already hold a recognised Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology qualification or completed the same assignments in another qualification, you may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) subject to specific criteria:

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

We'll initiate the official RPL process with ITEC after enrollment, involving a fee of £35+VAT. Contact us to begin or check your qualification's eligibility. Alternatively, you can self-study the A&P unit and just sit the exam 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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Frequently asked questions

Aromatherapy is a holistic healing practice that utilises natural plant extracts, typically in the form of essential oils, to enhance a person's physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. These essential oils are derived from various parts of plants, including the leaves, flowers, stems, bark, and roots.

Aromatherapy is based on the idea that the aromatic compounds found in essential oils can have therapeutic effects when inhaled or applied to the skin. These effects can include relaxation, stress reduction, improved mood, pain relief, and various other health benefits. Aromatherapists often use essential oils in massages, diffusers, bath products, and other applications to harness their potential benefits.

The practice of aromatherapy involves selecting specific essential oils or oil blends tailored to an individual's needs or desired outcomes.

Aromatherapy is not only used for its potential physical health benefits but is also appreciated for its ability to create a soothing and pleasant atmosphere, making it popular in spa settings and for personal relaxation and well-being.

Aromatherapy courses offer in-depth knowledge of essential oils and their therapeutic benefits, enabling you to pursue a rewarding career in alternative medicine or simply enhance your wellness routine.

Yes, our aromatherapy course are designed for beginners and enthusiasts with no prior experience in aromatherapy.

Our course covers essential topics such as essential oil extraction, blending techniques, therapeutic applications, and the science behind aromatherapy as well as learning to give a full body massage, applying the oil blend for your clients needs.

No specific qualifications are required. A passion for aromatherapy and a desire to learn are the only prerequisites.

The duration of aromatherapy training programs can vary. A typical program may range from 200 to 300 hours of instruction, which can be completed over several months. The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology offered at the Cotswold Academy recommends a total of 296 Guided Learning Hours; this includes classroom attendance, online theory learning, treatment logs/case studies and assignment writing. On average, it takes students around 5-6 months to complete the required coursework after their classroom days and take their final examinations.

We recommend around 5-10 hours of home study a week to complete your case studies, theory study and assignments.



To become a certified aromatherapist, you need to enroll in an aromatherapy training program offered by an accredited college. These programs provide comprehensive training in aromatherapy essential oils, blending, client care and massage techniques as well as Anatomy and Physiology. After completing the required coursework and practical training, you can take an examination to earn your certification. At the Academy we offer ITEC Accredited Aromatherapy courses, the leading accrediting board in the UK.

Yes, there are online aromatherapy courses available, however these courses don't usually meet the criteria of a regulated qualification (Ofqual). We strongly recommend that students choose a course with in person training as this is an essential part of delivering the practical massage elements of the course effectively. We appreciate though that some theory elements can be learnt via online learning which is why we've created a blended learning approach on our ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy. This allows you to learn the theory content at your own pace from the comfort of your home and attend in person training days to apply this theory to the practical application of aromatherapy. The online study includes video lessons, reading materials, and assignments to ensure a comprehensive learning experience.

Yes! There are a number of associations you are able to join as an Aromatherapist in the UK. We've included a list of recommended associations below.

  1. The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT): FHT is one of the leading professional associations for complementary therapists in the UK. They offer support, training, and insurance for practitioners in various disciplines. You can find more information on their website at www.fht.org.uk.
  2. The CThA, or the Complementary Therapists' Association, is a professional association for complementary and holistic therapists in the UK and Ireland. It was established to provide support, guidance, and resources for individuals working in the field of complementary and alternative therapies. You can find out more information at their website www.ctha.com 
  3. The International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA):IFPA is a UK-based professional association that offers membership to aromatherapists and provides accreditation, educational resources, and a platform for networking with other professionals in the field. Their details can be found at www.ifparoma.org

  4. Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC): The CNHC is the regulatory body for complementary healthcare practitioners in the UK, including reflexologists. Being registered with CNHC demonstrates a high level of professionalism and adherence to established standards and gives you access to work in the NHS. Their website is www.cnhc.org.uk.