The York School of Complementary Medicine offers the following
courses (full details on the courses, including a complete syllabus
plan for each, can be found by clicking on the relevant course title):
Course numbers are small to allow for maximum supervision.
All courses are non-residential (local accommodation is available,
please ask when you book).
Courses start at 1000 and end around 1630 each day. Students will
need to provide their own lunches.
Deposits and course fees are non refundable unless the school
has to cancel the course for any reason.
Additional Extras for the Course
There are additional costs whilst training which you need to budget
for. If you are planning to work from home or have a mobile practice,
you will need to purchase the correct equipment:
- Massage therapists and Aromatherapists will need a massage
- Reflexologists working from home will need either a massage
couch or a Reflexology stool. The latter is lighter and is ideal
to use when working outside the home.
Courses are run from Harrogate
The Examining Body
International Therapy Examination Council (I.T.E.C.) was founded
in 1973. Since then it has grown to nearly 500 educational establishments
both in this country and world wide including Ireland, Hong Kong,
New Zealand, Norway, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Kenya, Malta, Malaysia.
Its mission statement is "to provide a world-class independent
examination system, with universally high
standards, whose qualifications are recognised world-wide".
At a time when the medical profession is increasingly willing to
recognise the real benefits of Complementary therapies, ITEC stands
high in the opinion of The British Medical Council. It is also accepted
by The Institute for Complementary Medicine, The British Complementary
Medicine Association, The Aromatherapy Organisation Council and
The Guild of Complementary Practitioners, some of the lead governing
bodies in the field of Complementary Medicine. ITEC Diploma qualifications
are also recognised by The Department for Education and are considered
equivalent to `A` Level standard.
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 email the school. You will then be contacted by
a tutor who will arrange for you to have an informal interview.
This gives the student the opportunity to meet the course tutor.
It is important that you have chosen the right course, so you will
be encouraged to ask questions and discuss any special needs you
After you interview, if it is felt that you would be suited to
your chosen course, you will then be asked to register and leave
a deposit. If you decide that the course is not right for you, then
you are under no obligation to
register after your interview.
If you have any questions, or would just like an informal chat,
please contact the school.