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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology

Course Syllabus

Unit iUCT32 - Provide Reflexology for Complementary Therapies

View the full ITEC syllabus here

Students learn through classroom-based tuition and active participation. Regular home-study is carefully designed to prepare our students for their examinations and more importantly, to become excellent therapists.

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using detailed practical demonstration. Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves while carrying out reflexology treatments.

Key contents include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Foot, Ankle, Lower Leg, Hand, Wrist, and Lower Arm
    • Detailed study of the structures and functions of these body parts, enabling a comprehensive understanding of their anatomy.

  • Holistic Care and Historical Use of Reflexology
    • Exploring the concept of holistic care and tracing the historical applications of reflexology throughout different cultures and periods.

  • Reflexology Methods and Zones
    • Understanding methods for interpreting the feet, including zones, cross referral, and reflex points, along with their corresponding functions.

  • Recognition and Management of Disorders
    • Identifying and managing disorders, ensuring comprehensive knowledge for effective treatment.

  • Stress Management and Palliative Care
    • Learning strategies for managing stress and addressing common conditions, especially in clients requiring palliative care, incorporating reflexology as a holistic approach.

  • Legislation and Ethical Considerations
    • Understanding legislation pertinent to reflexology provision, focusing on obtaining consent and complying with legal requirements.

  • Contraindications and Medical Referral
    • Identifying contraindications, understanding when to refer for medical assessment, and recognising possible reactions to reflexology treatments.

  • Complete Client Care
    • From initial assessment to providing home care advice, developing a comprehensive approach to client care, ensuring their well-being throughout the reflexology process.

This comprehensive curriculum covers anatomical understanding, reflexology techniques, historical context, holistic care principles, ethical considerations, and practical client care skills, equipping learners with the knowledge and proficiency needed to excel in reflexology practice while ensuring the well-being of their clients.

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'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

Professional reflexology qualifications with a blend of interactive online home study and class attendance

You will learn to read the reflex zones and areas of the feet and hands and how they mirror the body systems and organs. By applying specific techniques to these reflex points, we can help to rebalance the whole body and promote wellbeing.

You can explore the different areas of the course below:


+ About This 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 3-4 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

After your contact days, you will complete: 

  • 40 Case studies (10 individuals, each receiving treatments 4 times)
  • Plus 60 individual reflexology treatments
  • 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 Reflexology course via e-learning or classroom learning. Once you have selected your dates for the Reflexology 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
  • 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.

An Introductory Guide to Reflexology


An Introductory Guide to Business                            


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An Introductory Guide to Anatomy and Physiology-5th Edition


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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.


Please pass on my thanks to all the staff and tutors, especially yourself (Olivia), Annette, Yvonne, Yvette and Chris. It’s your combined effort that got me there so quickly. The Thursday nights really helped build my confidence. You all also ignited my passion for reflexology and making a difference in people’s lives through my treatments. It’s been life-changing for me to find something that I enjoy so much and it isn’t in the least bit stressful.

— Leanne - L3 Reflexology | February 2019

The flow of work was very good, broken into manageable chunks. Annette is a great tutor and our group was well supported. I thoroughly enjoyed my 2 weeks with the college

-Student wished to remain anonymous  | L3 Reflexology | July 2019

Annette is awesome, her knowledge is vast and her experience really adds to the learning. The atmosphere is so relaxed and the mix of theory and practical learning covers all the learning styles and keeps the energy during the day from dipping. Possibly some social element built in for networking

-Student wished to remain anonymous | L3 Reflexology | Sept 2019

A very balanced mix of theory and practical taught in a relaxed but methodical manner. The academy is very welcoming and it feels like you belong to a lovely group of people that will remain to be supportive during your training and beyond 

- Hailie | L3 Reflexology | March 2018

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