A message from the York School of Complementary Medicine's principal,
Welcome to the York School of Complementary Medicine.
The past few years has seen an increase in public interest in
more natural forms of healing. Many G.P's are more open to Complementary
Medicine, and some have trained in natural therapies themselves.
Complementary practitioners are now to be found in surgeries,
hospitals, cancer care units residential homes, as well as sports
centres, health spas and private clinics. As a result of this
growing interest there is now an increasing demand for fully trained
At the York School we offer high standards of vocational training.
Our objective is to help the student attain a high level of proficiency
in order to become a professional practitioner. Business studies
are also included within the curriculum, and speakers from the
business community are invited to give advice to the students
on setting up in practice. Class sizes are small so that every
student receives maximum attention.
Our teaching approach is especially beneficial for the more mature
student who may be apprehensive about returning to learning. Students
who are worried about their ability to study are helped by the
small class sizes and relaxed style of learning. They are assured
of receiving the extra support and encouragement they may need
to help them succeed.
After the course has finished, the support does not stop. New
practitioners need support just as much after they have graduated
as during their studies at the school. That is why the course
tutor is only a phone call away for help and advice in those early
days if there are any
problems. There are also post graduate courses held throughout
the year where students can meet old friends and fellow practitioners
whilst widening their knowledge in the field of complementary
Choosing a career in complementary medicine is very rewarding.
You will learn how to encourage the body to heal through natural
methods. Knowing you can make a difference and help people is
very satisfying. As well as helping others you may also find personal
benefits, as you too will be experiencing the therapies. This
is a career that can take you on a journey of self discovery.
One where you will learn a lot about yourself as well as other
I hope you enjoy reading the course syllabus and look forward
to meeting you in the near future.
With my best wishes.
(BA Hons, ITEC, PGCE, CThA)
About the Principal
Philippa James is a professional practitioner with many years of
She trained in Massage Aromatherapy and Diet & Nutrition with
The Sylvia Brearley School of Therapy in Harrogate. This was followed
by Clinical Reflexology with The Crane School of Reflexology, one
of the premier schools in the country. She later trained at Harrogate
District Hospital as an Infant Massage Instructor, and teaches this
beneficial therapy at Post Natal Groups throughout the region.
Philippa is a qualified teacher, who has spoken at numerous seminars,
exhibitions and on television. She has run workshops in hospitals
and health clinics, and has been teaching in Adult education for
over 5 years.
Philippa is committed to helping Complementary Medicine achieve
its rightful place in the 21st Century, alongside orthodox medicine.
The Examining Body
You can apply to join the Complementary Therapists Assoiation CThA
Do I need any Qualifications to Attend the Course?
ITEC courses require a lot of written work, so you do need to
be educated to GCSE or equivalent standard. This can be wavered
if evidence can be produced that you have reached the educational
standards required. Life experiences are also taken into consideration,
and age is considered an advantage.
But the main pre-requisites you need are a willingness to learn,
an open mind and a love of people.
Are there Any Grants Available?
Some grants may be available towards the courses. Please ask the
tutor for details when you book.
How to Apply
If you would like to apply for a place on the course, the
first step is to register your interest by emailing the school, you
will then be contacted by a course tutor