Level 4

International Federation of Aromatherapy Diploma Course

The 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

  • You will qualify as a Level 3 Massage therapist three months into the course and can start practicing!  
  • The indepth journey to become an Aromatherapist continues with the bonus of being able to earn while you learn
  • Safely make therapeutic blends using 60 individual essential oils and 30 fixed/carrier oils
  • Deliver an Aromatherapy full body massage treatment.

  • Understand the benefits and contraindications to Aromatherapy Massage, including the hazards and toxicity of essential oils

  • Understand the chemistry of both aromatic and carrier/vegetable oils

  • Understand the history and origins of Aromatherapy Massage

  • Understand how the oils are absorbed by the body and how the sense of smell works

  • Appreciate how aromatic plants are cultivated, how essential oils are extracted and how they can subsequently be adulterated

  • Understand the pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and therapeutic properties of both essential oils and carrier oils

  • Understand the botany and botanical origins of aromatic plants

  • Understand the latest research into the effectiveness of both Aromatherapy and Massage

  • How to apply essential oils using methods other than massage

  • Undertake 60 case study treatments

  • Undertake homework in your own time - including assignments, case studies (as above), a Research Project (approx 500 words based on existing research, ie you do not need to conduct your own research trial), a Business Plan and a Reflective Journal. Estimated home study time is 430 hours over the year (this includes A&P)

  • Learn how to set up and run a successful business.

  • We don’t just want you to be a great Aromatherapist, we want you to be a successful Aromatherapist!


  • 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 - a separate Massage qualification is included

    Students wishing to 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. 

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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 & Physiology
and (as a bonus) a
separate Massage Qualification
£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 £ 262.50  for 8 months starting 16th February 2018

Already Qualified in Massage?

If you are already ITEC Level 3 Massage qualified (or equivalent) ,
you may join this course from June 29th and pay £1700 plus exam fee of £90. 
£400 deposit plus instalments of £162.50 per month for 8 months from 16th February
Please send your diploma to Jackie jackie@jackiehamilton.co.uk when you apply.
Upgrade from ITEC Level 3 to
IFA Level 4 Aromatherapy

If you already have ITEC Level 3 Aromatherapy and wish to upgrade to IFA Level 4,
you may join the course in January and the cost will be £600 plus exam fee of £90 and the cost of the extra oils and books.
£600 payable upon booking and then £90 exam fee due September 2018
Additional Expenses for all Students 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, Books, Oils

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

Dates for 2018


Friday Course!
(with 2 Saturdays and a Sunday
to boost your learning
early on in the course)

MARCH mostly Fridays: 9.30  - 4.30

Friday 16th, Saturday 17th March, Sunday 18th March
Friday 6th April
Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April

All Fridays from now on:
May 4, 18, June 15,

ITEC Massage exam is Saturday 23rd June, ITEC Anatomy Physiology exam is June 15

IFA Aromatherapy course continues: 

June  29, July 13, 20,  27, Sept 7, 21, Oct 5, 19, November 16, 30,

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

Time for the class is now 9 - 5pm

January 5th (Sat), 11th, 25th, February 15th, March 1st, Exam March 15 TBC

 BONUS! Pre Course Meeting Friday 2nd of 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 4 weeks 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

  • ITEC Level 3 Massage is included in the price and therefore you will be able to earn whilst you continue to learn. 
    The ITEC exams are taken 3 months after you join the course.
  • Learn how to market and advertise your practice

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

You will also have

  • IFA trained tutor Dawn is who is a 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.

During the course you will learn how to use pre made bases available from suppliers that can be made into a bespoke product.














 
 

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

Note: If you are going to join us from June, for the Aromatherapy part of the course, then you wil need to send a copy of your Level 3 Massage qualification as soon as you apply.  Our Aromatherapy students will be with us from March to March and those with Massage already will join us in June.

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 September 2018

Books:

  • Aromatherapy book list will be supplied. 
    Our preferred books:  The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy Paperback by Salvatore Battaglia, Encylopedia of Essential Oils by Julia Lawless, Essential Oil Safety, a guide for Healthcare Professionals by Robert Tisserand and Tony Bucks.
  • Massage book by Louise Tucker can be purchased second hand for a few pence - a new one is about £14
  • The Louise Tucker 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. Couch Cover.

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. (we are looking into a recommneded kit)

First Aid: The school hosts a regular First Aid course as a first aid certificate must 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.

*If you already have your ITEC Level 3 Massage and are doing this course starting in June, then this list will change for you.  You wont need the massage, business or A&P books.  You will however need to pay £90 for the exam and will of course need Aromatherapy books to join the IFA etc.

Assessment Methods

The ITEC Massage exams are taken in June
ITEC Massage Practial Exam 1 Hour
ITEC Anatomy Exam
1 Hour

The IFA Aromatherapy Massage exams are taken in March 2019
IFA Practical Exam:
1 x hour treatment
IFA Theory Exam - 2 hour paper on Aromatherapy

ITEC Massage

We are adding in ITEC Massage to this course so that you can actually qualify by June and then continue with the course to learn Aromatherapy.  The course continues until March 2019.  This means that you have the added bonus of being able to work as a professional therapist from July (when your qualification comes in) .  You will do the ITEC Massage practical exam in June and also the Anatomy and Physiology exam.  This is all included in the price

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. Students will be tested in Aromatherapy Theory and Aromatherapy Massage; 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
Aromatherapy Projects - writing up about specific oils
Business & Marketing Project
Other Therapies Project - writing about 4 other therapies
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  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
Business Project
Other Therapies Project
Aromatherapy Projects
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

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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