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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for this course are now closed. Applications for August 2020 open in January.

This NQ Complementary Therapies for clinical practice course incorporates the VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life Limiting Conditions.

This course recently won the Glasgow Herald Higher Education Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community.

What will I learn?

VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Providing Therapies for Clients with Cancer or other Life-Limiting Conditions:

  • Principles of Providing Complementary Therapies in a Health Care Setting
  • Interpersonal Skills for the Complementary Therapist
  • Provide Complementary Therapies for People with Life-limiting Conditions
  • Working with Healthcare Professionals
  • Professional Practice – this will include an assessed placement within a health care setting.

The following areas will also be covered:

  • Understanding Loss and Grief (SQA)
  • Mindfulness (College Certificate)
  • Reiki 1 (College Certificate)
  • Reiki 2 (College Certificate)
  • Adaptive Hand and Nail Treatments for People with Cancer and Life Limiting Illness (College Certificate)
  • Adaptive Massage Techniques for People with Cancer and Life Limiting Illness (College Certificate)

Employer and industry links

  • Self-employment
  • Spa industry
  • Healthcare setting
  • Beauty and complementary therapy industry

Jobs and further study

  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
  • HNC/D Holistic Therapies SCQF Level 7/8
  • Relevant degree level courses such as University of the Highlands and Islands - BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare and University of the West of Scotland - BSc (Hons) Professional Health Studies
  • Various certified CPD courses in adaptive techniques
  • Workplace opportunities (voluntary and paid) within health and care sector

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • You must have a VTCT Level 3 in Complementary Therapies, HND Beauty Therapy or equivalent
  • You must be highly committed to working with clients who have a range of medical conditions
  • You will need a proven record of reliability, motivation and professionalism
  • Internal candidates must have a reference from their personal development tutor
  • External candidates must also have a reference from a current, relevant workplace.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply:

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by a one-to-one interview, a three minute presentation, followed by a short information session
  • You will be asked to prepare a three minute presentation on the signs and symptoms of stress
  • You must bring your references and qualifications to your interview.

Interviews will take place between April and June.

You will be informed about the outcome 10 working days after your interview. This will be sent via email.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your campus of first choice, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses and you must respond to this within the timescale above.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be emailed joining instructions, including funding information and your timetable, in July.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3264