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.
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
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.
Human Pathological Processes.
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.
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: www.saas.gov.uk for further details.
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...
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..