Frequently Asked Questions

+ why choose an itec qualification?

ITEC qualifications are the best way to start your career in the beauty, complementary and sports industries. Recognised in over 33 countries worldwide, an ITEC qualification will help you wherever you choose to work.

An ITEC qualification proves you have: full knowledge and understanding of the subject the highest level of practical skills certainty that you are a professional therapist able to work internationally

ITEC: Registers and inspects colleges delivering ITEC programmes Requires rigorous standards for training Provides an independent examination system that tests your underpinning knowledge and skills giving you the confidence to work as a professional therapist

ITEC Graduates work: As salon/clinic owners or as visiting therapists

  • In spas, clinics, salons and health farms
  • In the Health Service
  • At sports centres, clubs and leisure centres
  • On cruise liners

Self Employment Thinking of having your own salon/clinic? The lTEC syllabus covers the fundamentals of running your own salon, clinic, spa or fitness centre. ITEC training is ideal for mature students and those with existing nursing, care and other therapy qualifications.

+ why choose an fht accredited course?

FHT accreditation ensures that training providers and prospective students can be sure that qualifications and short courses have been independently and externally assessed, meeting the highest standards.

The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) is the largest and leading professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. With thousands of members offering a broad range of specialisms - from sports and remedial therapies, to complementary healthcare and holistic beauty treatments – the FHT is the association of choice for professional therapists.

+ what is the difference between a diploma and a certificate ?

The main difference between a Diploma and a Certificate is the amount of guided learning hours. A Certificate requires fewer reccommended guided learning hours. All our ITEC Level 3 courses are Diplomas. We offer a Level 4 Certificate in Sports Massage - this is the next level up from a Level 3 Diploma.

+ what is the difference between Level 3 and Level 4 Sports Massage?

Level 3 will give you your basic hand skills and ability to perform a competent postural assessment to asses any imbalances in the body. We have also included Trigger Point therapy on our L3 course (usually reserved for L4) as we feel this is a really important tool to aid your treatments as a L3 therapist. By the end of the Level 3 course, you will be able to perform a pre and post event massage, and assess and give a sports massage treatment based on your findings.

The Level 4 will push your skills further, teaching you special tests (used by osteopaths, physios etc) to more thoroughly assess a client’s condition, allowing you to be more specific to which muscle/joint might be dysfunctional. You will also learn a variety of techniques to aid their recovery including Soft Tissue Release and Muscular Energy Techniques.

To be competitive in the industry, the Level 4 is really essential but lots of people choose to take some time between them to go away and practice/earn some money as a L3 therapist before returning to study the L4.

+ Why Train With the Cotswold Academy ?

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...?

  • Guaranteed small group tuition (max 8) for maximum individual support
  • Passionate, experienced tutors committed to the highest standards in the industry
  • Private therapy rooms can be used free of charge whilst training with us to complete your case studies and treatment logs
  • Free Thursday evening support - available throughout your training and when qualified
  • ITEC & FHT certified courses - quality assured
  • Option to apply for an NUS student discount card!
  • A fun, friendly environment to study and meet like minded people

+ Is there parking at the Cotswold Academy?

Unfortunately, we have limited parking reserved for tutors and staff members only. There is free on street parking within 5 minutes walk (Barton Lane, The Mead & up by the Cirencester Rugby Club are good spots). Under special circumstances such as disability, we can pre-arrange for you to park at the Academy. Please call us to discuss this. Alternatively, there is also paid parking very close. For more information, check Parkopedia

+ Where will training be held?

All your class tuition and exams will be held in our beautiful Grade 11 listed building based in Cirencester. Our address is:

24 Thomas Street Cirencester Gloucestershire GL72BD

You are also welcome to book our therapy rooms to use during your time studying with us to complete your case studies and treatment logs free of charge!

+ Can I work as a therapist once I have finished my course?

Once you have taken your final exams and successfully passed, you will be able to apply for appropriate insurance and practice proffessionally. Your ITEC qualification will show you have been trained to a level of excellence.

It can take up to 6 weeks for your certificate to come through from ITEC. If you would like to begin practicing straight away, we can arrange to send you a letter that will allow you to gain insurance before your certificate arrives.

+ How can I pay for my course?

Diploma Courses: A 25% deposit is payable immediately to secure your place on receipt of your invoice, with the remaining balance due at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your course.

Payment can be made via bank transfer or cheque. If you would like to pay via Credit Card, please let us know upon receiving your invoice and we will send through a link for payment.

In certain circumstances, we are able to offer an instalment plan to help spread to course cost. A £75 +vat fee will apply and a deposit of 25% would be due to secure your place, with the remaining balance spread over 5 monthly instalments. Please get in contact if this is something you would like to find out more about.

CPD & Masterclasses: The full balance for 1 day courses is due immediately on receipt of your invoice to secure your place. For all 2 day courses, a 25% deposit is due on enrolment, with the remaining balance due 4 weeks before your course start date. Payment can be made via bank transfer or cheque. If you would like to pay via Credit Card, please let us know upon receiving your invoice and we will send through a link for payment.

+ I'm a member of the armed forces. Can I use ELC (Enhanced Learning Credits)to pay for my course?

Yes! We are pleased to be a part of ELCAS. You can visit our course page here

+ Can I pay using +24 Advanced Learning Loans?

This is not something we are currently able to accept. We are in the process of registering with the Skills Funding Agency and hope to be able to offer this in the next year.

Another government scheme option available is the PCDL (Professional and Career Development Loans) scheme. You can find out more about whether you would be eligable to apply here

Currently, our L3 Sports Massage Course is registered to accept the PCDL loan so you can apply online here straight away for this course. Please make sure to also complete an enrolment form through our website and put a note to let us know you want to pay using PCDL. If you would like to join another diploma course, please get in contact with us and we can begin the registration process for your course of choice (we can only register courses as and when a student is interested in using the PCDL scheme to pay for it)

+ How do I enrol and secure my place on a course?

You would just need to complete an enrolment form online. We will then be in touch via email with your welcome pack, including an invoice and details of how to make payment for your course. A 25% deposit would be due by return for all courses that are 2 or more days in length, and the full balance for 1 day courses would be due by return. The remaining balance will then be due at least 4 weeks before the course start date.

+ How many students are on each course?

We have a maximum of 8-10 students on each course at the Academy. Occasionally we will go up to 12; in this instance, there will be 2 Tutors in the class with you. We believe that in order to deliver excellent training, class numbers must remain small to allow the tutors to give each student maximum support in their learning. All our courses are very practical; this is essential to give our students the hands on experience they need to go into the world as first class practitioners.