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When first confronted with the word Aromatherapy, one can be forgiven for thinking that this form of healing is exclusive to the sense of smell, and therefore only works on the emotional level.

This is not the case as each oils combination of constituents has the ability to interact directly with the body's chemistry, which in turn affects certain organs or systems as a whole. When used in massage, the oils are absorbed into the blood stream through the skin and are transported throughout the body and become a very effective and powerful healing tool for the practitioner.

Course Syllabus

Assignment 1

  • The History of Aromatherapy

A detailed profile of the use of aromatics and essential oils from the first recorded notation to present day usage.

  • Health & Safety

Extensive details of the safe usage of essential oils for both the recipient and the practitioner, contra indications for massage and aspects of oils.

Assignment 2

  • Brief Overview of the Systems of the Body

In this assignment we briefly cover the most important systems of the body.

Assignment 3

  • How Essential Oils Work (Part I)

The effects of essential oils on the body from inhalation to massage. Details given of how the oils affect various systems in the body.

Assignment 4

  • How Essential Oils Work (Part II) & Methods of Application

Further knowledge of the effects of essential oils plus their various methods of usage.

Assignment 5

  • The Production & Chemical Make-up of Essential Oils

Detailed knowledge of various methods of production of pure essential oils together with their chemical make-up.

Assignment 6

  • Creative Blending and Beauty Usage

Detailed knowledge of the therapeutic and aesthetic values of blending various oils, fragrance harmony and personal perfumes, together with beauty applications.

Assignment 7

  • Stress! Its Causes and Cures

An in-depth profile of stress, its many causes and how Aromatherapy can help to reduce it.

Assignment 8

  • Aromatherapy In The Home & Garden

Learners project. Create the scented garden of your choice.

Assignment 9

  • Case Histories & How They Help

Ten very different case histories given in detail together with information on how they help the practitioner.

Assignment 10

  • Aromatherapy For Those With Special Needs

How Aromatherapy can help everyone from children & adults with special needs, to the family pet.

Also, included are fifty information sheets on individual oils.

Course Requirements

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Study Hours

This is only an approximate figure and is dependant upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies and how well you grasp the learning concepts in the course material. Furthermore, at the end of each lesson there is a question paper that needs to be completed and returned to your tutor. You should allow at least 1 - 2 hours of study to complete each question paper.

The approximate amount of time required to complete the course is: 110 hrs.

Additional Information

Assessment Method

After each lesson there will be a question paper, which needs to be completed and submitted to your personal tutor for marking. This method of continual assessment ensures that your personal tutor can consistently monitor your progress and provide you with assistance throughout the duration of the course.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support


On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:
Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Aromatherapy - Gentle Touch Diploma

Aromatherapy - Gentle Touch Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.
Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 3 Aromatherapy - Gentle Touch Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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