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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 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 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.

If you have already covered these assignments in a previous qualification such as a Massage Diploma, we may be able to RPL (recognition of prior learning). Get in touch to find out if this applies to you!

Unit UIP4: Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for complementary therapies and sports massage

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to work safely. Learners will develop knowledge on the importance of social responsibility, the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They will also gain an understanding of the safe working practices required to protect themselves and their clients.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit, learners will:

  • LO1 Understand the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19
  • LO2 Understand social responsibility for the complementary therapy and sports massage sectors in relation to COVID-19
  • LO3 Understand the controls necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • LO4 Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene and Personal Hygiene in the prevention of COVID-19
  • LO5 Understand potential hazards and risks and the workplace procedures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the complementary therapy/sports massage environment
  • LO6 Understand decontamination and waste management processes relevant to complementary therapies and sports massage

Course Overview

Learn Aromatherapy massage underpinned by anatomy and physiology within the highest industry standards.

Learn the properties of 45+ essential oils and how to use them appropriately and safely. Training to become a Clinical Aromatherapist will give you the specialist knowledge needed to be able to blend and prescribe beautiful oils and other products for your clients specific needs. This practice will also enable you to treat clients and support health problems. Additionally you will be qualified to work as a massage therapist, learning how to perform a full body massage, including lymphatic drainage and acupressure techniques. The course includes anatomy and physiology and you will be given a depth of knowledge in diseases and disorders of the whole body.

Ideal for anyone looking to begin a new career or have a new income stream alongside an existing career. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be a professional aromatherapist and will be able to gain insurance to practice upon the general public and gain membership of professional associations.  The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy is an internationally recognised qualification enabling you to work in the following settings:

  •     In your own private practice, as a self-employed practitioner.
  •     In a salon, clinic, health club, spa or hotel.
  •     In the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.

This course is an absolute essential for any Therapist involved in the Complementary Therapy and Care Industry. Strive for excellence learning to truly hold a space for your client, energising all systems to stimulate wellbeing of each individual as a whole and reacting to the unique needs of each client.

Additionally, once qualified, you will be able to continue your journey as a therapist adding to your skill base with CPD (Continued Professional Development) short courses. We offer a host of 1 and 2 day courses such as pregnancy massagehot stone therapy and trigger point therapy, to enhance your treatments and build a truly unique business that excites you and allows you to explore this incredible industry.

What's included: 

  • ITEC Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology online 'e-learning' via interactive presentations, videos, written materials and quizzes (or select to study in the classroom on additional contact days)
  • 6 days classroom tuition - learning the practical hand skills and consultation process required to be an aromatherapist.
  • ITEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention for complementary and sports massage therapists online 'e-learning' via interactive presentations
  • Biweekly (Aromatherapy) and Tri-weekly (A&P) Zoom study sessions with your tutor (optional to attend)
  • Weekly access to 'Thursday Evenings' - a space to come and practice, learn from others and be a part of a community of therapists
  • Small class groups (8-10 max) providing maximum support for each student
  • ITEC Registration & final exam fees are all included in the course cost
  • Access to our private Facebook group with local job opportunities and equipment listings
  • Free Business Building workshops

For more detail please click on the course syllabus tab.

Choosing how and when to study:

You can select how you'd like to study the Anatomy & Physiology unit of your course below (this defaults to e-learning) but you can change this to classroom learning and select your preferred dates for attendance. 

If you select to study the A&P via e-learning, you will have access immediately to the online home study that you can work through at your own pace. This will be delivered to you via videos, interactive presentations, written materials and quizzes. You will have access to Zoom catchup sessions every 3 weeks, specifically supporting you through the A&P element of your course. 

You will also have instant access to the Aromatherapy online study which will look to introduce you to the theory elements of your course and prepare you for your classroom contact days. You will then attend the college for 6 days to review the theory and learn the practical application of aromatherapy massage. Your 6 days classroom attendance can be selected from the date options below. Take a look at the Assessment Criteria tab for more information on coursework and examination requirements.

This qualification also includes the ITEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention for complementary and sports massage therapists which is now a pre-requisite for all ITEC courses. Details of the unit can be found on the course syllabus tab.

Open Days & Events


Aromatherapy for Yvonne
On this course, you will learn the properties of 45+ essential oils and how to use them appropriately and safely as well as learning to blend to make your own creams and lotions. You will be given a depth of knowledge in diseases and disorders of the whole body as well as advanced massage techniques, lymphatic drainage and acupressure points.

Mar 8th 2021

17:00:00 - 12:00:00


ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy
On this course, you will learn the properties of 45+ essential oils and how to use them appropriately and safely as well as learning to blend to make your own creams and lotions. You will be given a depth of knowledge in diseases and disorders of the whole body as well as advanced massage techniques, lymphatic drainage and acupressure points.

Jun 20th 2022

17:00:00 - 18:00:00

Assessment Criteria

You will be required to complete a number of treatments/case studies and assignments at home after/during your course and supply the evidences of these. You will then return to the Academy to sit your final exams usually 5-6 months after your course contact days. 

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

Folder work/ Evidences

After your contact days, you will complete: 

  • 36 Case studies (6 people x 6 times)
  • Plus 15 individual treatments logged in consultation forms
  • 9 applications - can be making up creams, potions & lotions
  • Directory of Oils to be completed (15 oils)
  • 2 x Assignments (Unit iUCT34 & iUCT21)


You will then return to the Academy to sit your exams (usually 5-6 months after your course):

  • "Mock" Practical Exam (usually 2-3 weeks before the “real” practical exam. This is to allow you a practice run, and for your tutor to give you feedback on areas to work on.)
  • Practical Exam, externally invigilated by ITEC
  • A&P Theory Paper – 50 multiple choice questions
  • Multiple choice question paper (sat remotely) on Infection Prevention (COVID-19) for complementary therapies and sports massage

Entry Requirements

No Previous Experience Needed

If you do not yet have a Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology qualification, you can 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. If you need advice on whether you need to do your A+P qualification, please get in contact.

Already have an Anatomy and Physiology qualification or completed the same assignments on another qualification? 

If a student already holds a recognisable qualification in Anatomy & Physiology, we may potentially be able to RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) for the A&P Unit.  We may also be able to RPL for the assignments if they have been completed as part of another Level 3 RQF qualification. A previous qualification will only be considered for RPL if it meets the following criterias:

  • It must be a regulated qualification
  • Qualifications must be less than 3 years old
  •  A 100% mapping is required (the A+P/ assignment syllabus must match like for like to that of the ITEC syllabus).
  • Please note, you will only be able to receive a “Pass” mark if part of the course is RPL’d (no Merit or Distinction will be rewarded)

There is an official RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) process that we would begin with ITEC once you have enrolled onto a course. ITEC charge us for this service, and we would need to pass this onto the student. The fee is £35+vat.

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 just sit the exam element with us. 

Books for Study

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

Here at the Academy, we are passionate about delivering quality training in Complementary Therapies to ensure each student gains a professional qualification of the highest level. We believe the combination of expertly trained, passionate tutors,  quality assured certification, and our on-going support for students, helps grow our students into highly successful therapists.

What set's us apart from the rest...?

  • iTEC Accredited 
  • Guaranteed small group tuition (max 10 per 1 tutor) for maximum individual support
  • Passionate, experienced tutors committed to the highest standards in the industry
  • Free Thursday evening support - available throughout your training and when you are qualified
  • A fun, friendly environment to study and meet like minded people
  • All our courses are eligible to apply for an NUS Extra card, giving you savings on lots of retailers.
  • We continue to support you as you make your way into the industry as a qualified therapist, with free talks on setting up a business, Facebook groups with job opportunities and continued contact with your Tutor...for life!

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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