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How Long is the Course?

The course is taught two days a month over nine months after which students attend an examination day. The complete course including exams takes around 12 months.

How is the course taught?

Visual learning aids lectures and tutorials are used to teach the theory side of Aromatherapy. Students learn the practical si

de by giving treatments to each other .

Course Requirements

Students need to bring pens paper and coloured pencils, an A4 binders with plastic folders to put course notes in. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark. A white uniform with flat white shoes is also required.


At the end of the course students sit a one hour theory paper plus a 1 hour practical, where knowledge of essential oils, client care standards of hygiene are assessed. Students also need to submit documented evidence of having treated 10 people a total of 4 times each.


On satisfactory completion of the course you will be presented with an ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy, and a Diploma from The York School of Complementary Medicine.

Governing Bodies

You may apply to join I.T.E.C. , The British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA) The Guild of Complementary Practitioners (GCP) and The Aromatherapy Organisation Council (AOC).

Course Fees

The cost of the course, including handouts and the student workbook, but excluding exams is £875.00. For your convenience this can be paid for by installments.

Aromatherapy Syllabus

Prerequisite for course: Students must hold the ITEC Diploma in Massage Anatomy & Physiology
Exam: 1 hour multi-choice theory paper, plus case studies
Duration of course: 9 months, two days per month


  • The history, development and definition of Aromatherapy
  • The holistic approach to healing
  • A look at other complementary therapies
  • Defining essential oils
  • Methods of extraction
  • Dangers of overdose
  • Contra-indications
  • An in-depth examination of 40 essential oils
  • Botanical names of the plants
  • Chemical constituents
  • Country of origin
  • How to blend essential oils
  • Maximum number of oils in one treatment
  • Carrier oils
  • Integral biology
  • Methods of applying essential oils
  • Effects of essential oils on the body
  • The structure and function of the olfactory tract
  • How essential oils are absorbed into the olfactory tract
  • How to store essential oils and carrier oils


  • Efficient preparation of the workplace
  • Standards of hygiene
  • Consultation procedures
  • Record keeping
  • Understanding the therapeutic effect of the 40 oils
  • Client care and professionalism
  • Selecting and blending of oils
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Referral procedures
  • Advising clients on the safe use of oils in the home

Business Studies

  • Health and Safety at work
  • Insurance cover
  • Advertising


If you have any questions, or would just like an informal chat, please contact us via our enquiries page.



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Philippa James
Newton on Ouse
York YO30 2BU
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