VTCT Complementary Therapies (Adults) Level 4

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study

Mode of Study
Full Time


Crosskeys Campus

Start Date

Start Date
12 April 2021


1 year

In a nutshell

If you’ve already studied complementary therapy at level 3, or both the Aromatherapy and Reflexology diplomas at level 3, this course is a great way to develop further research and practice.

This course is for...

…anyone over 18 who’s already been studying complementary therapies who want to progress to the highest level.

Course content

This course is a joint qualification made up of three parts:

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Reflexology for the Complementary Therapist (Term 1) – this develops advanced technical skills for Level 3 reflexologists, adding techniques for treatment application to your existing repertoire while further developing your knowledge of the theories and practices of reflexology.
  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions (Term 2) - this develops your interpersonal skills while expanding your understanding for providing therapies to clients with cancer or other life limiting conditions. This qualificiation will give you the essential knowledge to assist you to provide your therapeutic skills within a healthcare setting.
  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Massage for the Complementary Therapist (Term 3) - this is designed to develop further knowledge and understanding of advanced massage techniques and applications within a clinical setting.

Using a mixture of theory sessions, practical learning sessions, clinic sessions, group work, research activities, presentations, enrichment activities (including visiting speakers and trips) and case studies, you'll gain the essential knowledge to provide advanced therapeutic skills within a clinical setting. You’ll also be taught interpersonal skills and advanced anatomy and physiology for the complementary therapist.

You’ll need to be self-motivated, friendly with good interpersonal skills and a high level of personal presentation, and be committed to full attendance and punctuality for all sessions. You’ll be expected to demonstrate critical thinking, undertake research and be a good time manager, able to submit written work within given timelines.

You'll be assessed through a combination of practical observations, written assignments, case studies, completion assessments, a minimum work log of hours for each complementary therapy practice, presentations to audiences and peer groups and a portfolio of evidence.


Entry Requirements

You’ll need to have already completed Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies or Level 3 Diplomas in both Aromatherapy and Reflexology, and you’ll need a good level of literacy and numeracy.

Additional information

The dress code for our salon is:

  • Course uniform (details to be provided) with flat, comfortable black shoes
  • Hair neatly tied back off the face
  • Clean, short and filed nails, with no nail extensions or varnish
  • No piercings or jewellery – only a wedding ring can be worn

You will be expected to buy the uniform (around £50) and you will also need FHT insurance, a portable, height adjustable massage couch with a face hole and/or reflexology chair so you can practise off-site and a selection of books (reading list will be available at enrolment).

*All costs are under review and are subject to change.

Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 12 April 2021

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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