Level 4

International Federation of Aromatherapy Diploma Course

This comprehensive Aromatherapy Massage Diploma course is designed so that you can become qualified in the art of Massage using essential (aromatherapy) oils. This will enhance any treatment AND after you qualify you will be a professional aromatherapist who can also give a massage. 

Course Snapshot

This course will give you a thorough understanding of:

  • how to treat your clients with good, effective professional massage
  • Study of over 60 essential oils
  • introduction to Botany
  • the chemistry behind the smell - why are certain oils best for certain ailments?  it's all in the chemistry!
  • mixing a special aromatherapy blend for each client to suit their needs e.g. digestive, stress, hormonal problems.
  • offer clients a choice between a 'normal Massage' - sometimes called Holistic or Swedish Massage - and an Aromatherapy Massage
  • how to make up creams and lotions to sell to clients to help them between treatment
  • just think of the endless possibilities and business opportunities

More detail

Combine learning a professional massage with the added benefit of becoming a professional aromatherapist who can safely blend 60  powerful and fragrant oils (called a prescription/recipe) to treat a wide range of physical and emotional problems – so you will have a choice to personalize each massage to your client
by either giving them a massage or an aromatherapy massage (different prices)

You can use this unique blend on your client when you massage with the added bonus of being able to give (or sell to) your client this same recipe in creams, lotions and oil bases to take home to use in between treatments to help with:

  • Stress and anxiety related problems
  • Muscular and rheumatic pains
  • Digestive disorders
  • PMT and menopausal complaints
  • Skin problems, and many more......

Acupressure and lymphatic drainage techniques are included in the massage to aid toxin removal and deeper relaxation.

There is a practical exam at the end of the course with an IFA examiner overseeeing the whole class and admiring your newly gained professionalism!

Marketing and Advertising are an important part of the course - we want you to succeed in business when you graduate

Anatomy & Physiology is included

Students wishing to take have the best training  in Aromatherapy start here - you will join the IFA in order to qualify in Level 4/5 Aromatherapy with the International Federation of Aromatherapists. 

Tags: Norfolk, aromatherapy,, IFA,, Professional Diploma, Norwich, Massage

Sign-up, Dates & Fees...

Payment Options 

  • Please pay the deposit of £400 by using the Buy Now button, the school bank account or credit card using the telephone

  • Click here for application form so that we can welcome you to the school and confirm your place
  • Please pay via the bank Bank details are here.  or telephone 01603 621600 if you prefer.
  • These details are also sent automatically when you fill in the application form!

Your £400 deposit will confirm your place
Interest Free Instalment Plan - or Huge Discount for Full Payment!


Click here for application form
All courses include Anatomy & Physiology 

HUGE discount when course fees are paid before course starts!
Interest free instalments also available.
Funding Information

When Fridays with two Saturdays, plus exam day is a Saturday, see dates below

Attendance Twice a month in most cases, specific dates given below
Fees

This course includes
Anatomy & Physiuology
£2,500 

£100 discount for early payment, brings the cost down to £2,400
Discount £100 for early payment - When balance is paid by 16th February 2018

Instalment plan £400 deposit then regular monthly payments of £   for 8 months starting 16th February 2018

Additional Expenses All teaching materials are included in the cost of this course.  There are just a few additional expenses:

IFA student membership £35 (correct at time of publicaiton)
IFA students insurance £27 (correct at time of publication)
IFA Exam Fee £90, due in September 2018

Towels, couch cover

For more details please see our Extra Costs Section further down on this website page.

Dates for 2018


Friday Course!
with 2 Saturdays to
boost your learning
early on in the course

MARCH Mostly Fridays: 10 - 4

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th March
Friday 6th April
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April
All Fridays from now on:
May 4, 18, June 15, 29, July 13, 27, Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, November 2, 16, 30,

IFA Practical Exam date TBA (exam fee £90 due September 2018

4 dates in January to complete IFA course  - dates tba (exam fee £90 due September)
 BONUS! A chance to start learning even earlier!  

There is a FREE massage intro workshop for students coming on the course on Friday 9th March from 10 - 12

This is a pre course meeting - a chance to meet the other students and your tutors and also start learning massage - a great ice breaker!

Please bring in your laptop or device that has Microsoft Word 
   

HUGE discount when course fees are paid 4weeks before course starts!
Interest free instalments also available.

Pay your deposit now to hold your place and the balance/first instalment 4 weeks before course starts


Click HERE to enrol now!

Why Study with us...

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You will learn in a small class with up to 8 students only:

  • Anatomy & Physiology all included in the price

  • How to market and advertise your practice

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  • You will be able to join the prestigious International Federation of Aromatherapists!

  • An Aromatherapy facial is taught as part of the course using natural products

You will also have

  • IFA trained tutor Dawn is who is professional Aromatherapist and who runs her own business teaching you
  • Student website support area with downloads
  • Student class Face Book group for easy and quick communication and help between classes
  • Professionally equipped practical and theory room with rest facilities
  • Complete support during the course and when you graduate
  • Help to understand marketing and advertising of your new business
  • Free car parking!
  • Invitation to our free twice yearly school meetings - to encourage and motivate with professional speakers from the world of therapies
As well as a solid foundation - we encourage dynamic learning in the field and also encourage you to expand beyond the limits of the syllabus during your stay with us.  We want you to fly when you leave and have as a successful business as possible.

To this end, we have 2 extra dates for elective classes for a small fee of £35 per class

Aromatherapy Facial - 10 - 2 Sunday 15th July

- £35 for Early Bird Payment before 21st April.  £45 Normal price after this date. 


You will need for this workshop

Mask Brush x 2
Small Plastic Bowl
Wooden spatulas x 2
Head Band
Cleansing Sponges 
Floral Water in a Spray

Most of the dry ingredients (Kaolin etc) the tutor/school will provide, but we would highly recommend you buy your own products to practice with at home and this could cost around another £30.  After all, you are learning to be a professional aromatherapist and want to leave able to give quality treatments with products ready to use to start your business.

Making Natural Face and Body Products from Scratch -10 - 3 Friday June 22nd

- £35 for Early Bird Payment before 21st April.  £45 Normal price after this date.  July Date tba

During this wonderful hands-on day, you will create base products using the raw ingredients to use in a facial for various skin types that you can take home. You will learn about making other skincare products (masks, exfoliator)  body lotion/creams. 
You will learn how to make an emultion, a lotion base and a balm or wax base.

During the course you will learn how to use pre made bases available from suppliers that can be made into a bespoke product, but this is different and for this class you will to start from scratch and watch magic happen.


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Entry Requirements

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Students need to have access to a printer and a device to do the coursework and to present their work in Microsoft Word.

Entry requirements for the course:

No previous experience in massage or therapies required. We train you from scratch!
Be over 18 years at the start of training
Have an adequate level of written and spoken English
Have the academic ability to work to above A Level standards
Have sufficient physical ability to perform massage techniques
Have IFA Student Membership within four weeks of starting the course (we will organise this for you)
All coursework is submitted by computer  (we use Dropbox) so you need to be able to use a word processing program and know how to attach files and send them. If you don't know how to do either of these, attending a basic computer course at your local college prior to starting our course would be highly recomended.
Be prepared to commit approximately 430 hours of home study over the course of the academic year (at least 8 hours per week)
You will need to be practicing massage at least twice a week at home on friends and family 
There is no 'academic' requirement for entry onto this course. However, the course is intensive, so we do ask for hard work and determination

Extra Costs Associated with the Course


Your tutor, Dawn Dean

All teaching materials are included in the cost of this course.  There are just a few additional expenses:

IFA student membership £35 (correct at time of publicaiton)
IFA students insurance £27 (correct at time of publication)
IFA Exam Fee £90, due in June 2018
ITEC Exam Fee £90 due in June 2018 (if student wishes to take their exam also or instead)
Towels, couch cover

Books:

  • Aromatherapy by Francesca Gould £15-18
  • Massage book by Louise Tucker can be purchased second hand for a few pence - a new one is about £14
  • The Anatomy & Physiology book is is £18
  • Business book is around £2 (an old edition is fine)

Towels: Jackie will advise on the supplier etc and they will cost you about £60
Couch: Provided at the school but you will need one for home practice. We will give you advice on this - the cost is anything from £80
Uniform: School polo top is £10, Students supply their own black trousers and shoes

Oils: You will need just a few to start with as you use the schools oils in class, but we will give you advice on professional suppliers and you can either buy a range of oils or build up gradually. (As a guide: students kits range fromapproximately £20 to £120).  There is also a range of base oils to buy and they would cost approximately £30, according to how many you buy.  A range of base oils is a must in order to produce a bespoke product for your client.

A first aid certificate should be obtained from a recognised body before you start working professionally (cost about £45)

At our school we encourage dynamic learning in the field and you can count on us for a solid foundation to your training and also encourage you to expand beyond the limits of the syllabus during your stay with us.  We want you to fly when you leave and have as a successful business as possible.

To this end, we have extra dates for elective classes

Aromatherapy Facial - 10 - 2 Sunday 15th July

- £35 for Early Bird Payment before 21st April.  £45 Normal price after this date. 


You will need for this workshop

Mask Brush x 2
Small Plastic Bowl
Wooden spatulas x 2
Head Band
Cleansing Sponges 
Floral Water in a Spray

Most of the dry ingredients (Kaolin etc) the tutor/school will provide, but we would highly recommend you buy your own products to practice with at home and this could cost around another £30.  After all, you are learning to be a professional aromatherapist and want to leave able to give quality treatments with products ready to use to start your business.

Making Natural Face and Body Products from Scratch -10 - 3 Friday June 22nd

- £35 for Early Bird Payment before 21st April.  £45 Normal price after this date.  July Date tba

During this wonderful hands-on day, you will create base products using the raw ingredients to use in a facial for various skin types that you can take home. You will learn about making other skincare products (masks, exfoliator)  body lotion/creams. 
You will learn how to make an emultion, a lotion base and a balm or wax base.

During the course you will learn how to use pre made bases available from suppliers that can be made into a bespoke product, but this is different and for this class you will to start from scratch and watch magic happen.


Assessment Methods

IFA Practical Exam: 1 x hour treatment
IFA Theory Exam - 2 hour paper

Assessment and Examinations

On completion of the course curriculum students are required to illustrate their knowledge by sitting the IFA external examinations for the theory and the practical element of the course, as a kite mark of professionalism. There are four parts to the IFA Aromatherapy Diploma examinations, students will be tested in Aromatherapy Theory, Aromatherapy Massage and Anatomy and Physiology; students will also be assessed on compulsory assignments i.e. portfolio, journals, projects and demonstration of practical skills in making Aromatherapeutic remedies.

The practical assessment includes setting up a therapeutic environment, taking a client's details and medical history, designing a treatment plan and choosing suitable essential oils, demonstrating client care, demonstrating massage skills and performing an Aromatherapy massage in front of the examiner. The IFA qualification will only be given when the student has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and skills of Aromatherapy, professionalism and quality of care needed to work with the general public.

Compulsory Assignments


Case Studies - students will provide case studies as instructed by their tutor, as evidence of learning
Research Project - students will provide evidence they are aware of the means available to monitor and audit the efficacy of Aromatherapy
Reflective practice - in the form of a journal to ensure awareness of the scope and limitations of the practice of Aromatherapy and of the importance of reviewing their work

Further and more specific information

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The syllabus includes:

  • Routes into the body for essential oils
  • Extraction, countries of origin, therapeutic properties,
    use care and storage of essential oils, resins and absolutes
  • The Therapeutic and energetic properties of 65 essential oils and their applications in Aromatherapy practice
  • Massage sequence, and physical and psychological benefits
  • Classical movements involved in body Massage
  • Treatment of specific diseases and disorders either using
    essential oils with massage and/or giving clients products
    you have blended yourself with cream/lotion/oil bases
  • Blending and percentage guidelines
  • The science of essential oils - Botany, Extraction and Production, Chemistry and Potential Hazards
  • Historical development, the pioneers of Aromatherapy and the modern principles of Aromatherapy
  • Skin care
  • Holistic consultation and the therapeutic relationship
  • Stress management
  • Introduction to other therapies
  • Importance of nutrition
  • Professional presentation/promotion
  • Code of Ethics and Practice
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Aromatherapists
  • Olfaction - the sense of smell, and psychological benefits of the scents of essential oils
  • The art of the perfumer - essential oils odor classification
  • The traditional blending approach, volatility and the notes systems, blending ratio and dosage
  • The study of carrier/vegetable oils and other carriers suitable for Aromatherapy blends
  • Designing a treatment plan and a course of treatments for clients
  • Creating and maintaining a professional environment to practice, ensuring that all necessary safety and hygiene regulations are respected
  • Introduction to evidence-based research
  • The therapeutic relationship between therapist and client and maintaining a journal of reflective practice
  • Professionalism and business studies to name a few
  • The course also includes learning how to blend essential oils with other natural products to create fragrant aromatherapy face and body care items

Assessment and Examinations

On completion of the course curriculum students are required to illustrate their knowledge by sitting the IFA external examinations for the theory and the practical element of the course, as a kite mark of professionalism. There are four parts to the IFA Aromatherapy Diploma examinations, students will be tested in Aromatherapy Theory, Aromatherapy Massage and Anatomy and Physiology; students will also be assessed on compulsory assignments i.e. portfolio, journals, projects and demonstration of practical skills in making Aromatherapeutic remedies.

The practical assessment includes setting up a therapeutic environment, taking a client's details and medical history, designing a treatment plan and choosing suitable essential oils, demonstrating client care, demonstrating massage skills and performing an Aromatherapy massage in front of the examiner. The IFA qualification will only be given when the student has demonstrated sufficient knowledge and skills of Aromatherapy, professionalism and quality of care needed to work with the general public.

Compulsory Assignments


Case Studies - students will provide case studies as instructed by their tutor, as evidence of learning
Research Project - students will provide evidence they are aware of the means available to monitor and audit the efficacy of Aromatherapy
Reflective practice - in the form of a journal to ensure awareness of the scope and limitations of the practice of Aromatherapy and of the importance of reviewing their work

January course dates will include the following:

1 day  for further oils and safety, 
1 day for botany and chemistry, 
1 day for research project and Pharmacokinetics,
1 day for assessment on further oils and tests/blending session.

What our students say about this course



Thanks again for a really useful session... I found it really useful getting feedback from a fellow student.  I think you're a brilliant tutor - always so positive and encouraging and cheerful!  I do seriously think you are doing a grand job!  (I'm not just trying to be a 'girly swat'!) ;-)
Have a great summer. Sandra x

Lorraine has been a superb teacher! and I have thoroughly enjoyed learning with her and am so pleased I have done this course with her.  She has answers every question I have asked!  Thank you!

Very very good teacher!  Positive and enthusiastic about the course making it more enjoyable to do

I love learning the names of the oils , didn't think I would ever remember them.  Loved learning the routine and meeting some new people  Kelly Symonds

Lorraine is an excellent tutor encouraging, supportive and helpful. I shall really miss coming to the classes as I've learnt so much more than I originally anticipated Thank you.  Fantastic course and relaxed easy going atmosphere   Lisa Edwards

Professionally taught by great tutor - started learning immediately from Day 1 of the course.  Hard work but really enjoyable (appreciated realistic advice about level of homework)  Lesley Knights

The course has been taught with great enthusiasm and encouragement.  We have been given great support from Lorraine, her teaching has been delivered thoroughly whilst allowing us to enjoy some humour. It is really nice to see Jackie each week which also seems to offer great support. I have really enjoyed this course and will miss meeting up with everyone. Thanks Lorraine for all your help and support.  Deborah Berry

I loved learning how to blend different oils to be able to treat a variety of conditions with just one treatment.  The combinations are endless and I found this quite fascinating  Julie Izzard

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