Complementary Therapies HNC @ SCQF Level 7


The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Complementary Therapies provides learners with an industry recognised qualification and the knowledge and skills necessary to work within the Complementary Therapies industry. This course explores how the body works in health and how to maintain wellbeing. As well as developing your practical skills. The practice of the complementary and holistic therapeutic approach has become extremely popular in the UK for supporting health and wellbeing. This can simply be an indulgent treatment experience at a spa or salon. However, it can also be used in the support and management of an individual coping with health issues, and in line with conventional medicine to bring an individual’s health back into balance.




Full Time

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

Higher; minimum of two in academic subjects, preferably subject relevance, eg English, Biology, Chemistry

NQ Unit/s at SCQF level 6 in appropriate subject area, eg Wellness Therapies

SVQ/NVQ at level 3 in appropriate subjects

HNC/HND Beauty Therapy

Occupationally relevant skills and experience

Any legal age restrictions

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment. 

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

Course Content

You'll study:


Advanced Reflexology.

Seated Massage.

Human Pathological Processes.

Lifestyle Advice.

Clinical Practice.

Integration in Health Care Practices.


The units you study may be subject to change.


The course utilises a variety of assessment methods, including practical observation, case study compilation, research projects and closed book theory papers.


When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of progressing to

HND in Complementary Therapies.

Exploring your future career options which could include:

Self-Employed Holistic Therapist

Holistic Therapist within a Spa

Holistic Clinical Practitioner or in a supporting role to conventional medicine in a clinical practice.

Successful students can apply for advanced entry into some BA/BSc degree courses. There are also opportunities to pursue a variety of Continuing Professional Development courses.

Career Prospects

In the current employment market, the following opportunities exist:

Rental of space/room in clinics and leisure centres on a self-employed basis.

Employment in a more generic setting on a full-time or part time basis, eg hotel chains and spas.

Employment with Health Centres/Clinics and the National Health Services, working as part of a team of professionals or they may work independently as Complementary Therapists

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).  Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

If you enjoy working with people and want to encourage them to take a positive approach to health and wellbeing, this could be the course for you. The course develops the skills involved in holistic and complementary therapies, including body and facial massage, healthy eating and wellbeing and techniques for managing stress. Through professional skills practice sessions, you'll gain experience and confidence working with clients.

What our students say...

Alana Guthrie

Complementary Therapies HNC @ SCQF Level 7

I’ve built up my confidence at college and from my placement I successfully gained employment alongside my studies... I love the college environment – it is everything I hoped for and more... I feel I’ve got everything I wanted from my time at college and the staff have been so helpful..