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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

The NQ Spa Therapist with Complementary Therapies course aims to develop the necessary practical and theoretical skills to provide complementary therapy treatments.

In recent years, the integration of complementary therapies into conventional healthcare has increased considerably; this is expected to continue, providing employment opportunities to meet the demand from those seeking alternative ways to reduce stress and enhance feelings of general well-being.

What will I learn?

This NQ Spa Therapist with Complementary Therapies course focuses on holistic and complementary therapies. You will learn a wide range of techniques including facial and body massage, reiki, scalp, neck and head massage and Thai foot massage.

The course also covers general wellbeing which is explored through healthy eating, stress management techniques, anatomy and physiology.

Throughout the course, you will practice specific therapies in a supervised setting while learning about developing client relationships, individualised treatment design and ethical and professional standards. You will also be able to gain commercial experience throughout the year.

Successfully completing this course will provide the qualification you need for professional membership and insurance to practice complementary therapies.  

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three National 5 qualifications, or equivalent, at Grade C or above, one to be English; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience; OR
  • If you don't have formal qualifications but have relevant life and/or work experience, your application will still be considered.
  • If English is not your first language, you should have a minimum ESOL Intermediate Level 2 or equivalent
  • You must be 16 years or over before the course start date. 

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.

Employer and industry links

View our industry links by following @glasgowclydehairbeautyspa on Instagram and Facebook

Jobs and further study

  • Successful candidates may find employment in the health care sector such as clinics or hospices
  • Employment within spas
  • Become self-employed
  • HND Beauty Therapy
  • HNC and HND in Complementary Therapies at City of Glasgow College

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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

Invited to book an information session and interview

  • You will be invited to an Information Session. This session may last up to two hours.
  • At the information session you will be given course content and take part in a group interview. 
  • You must bring proof of qualifications held or pending (for example, if you are still studying at school). 

Advised that your application is unsuccessful

  • you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level. We will be in contact as per the following stages:  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place.
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course. 
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options.
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3777