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ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology for the Complementary Therapist QN 603/4094/0

Qualification gained: ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology

This course is open to existing therapists or beginners. Beginners will need to undertake an Anatomy & Physiology qualification alongside this course.

The School of Natural Therapies’ ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology Course provides an exciting, dynamic and thoroughly enjoyable learning experience for all students undertaking one of our internationally recognised diplomas. The course is open to experienced complementary health practitioners, or complete beginners. Whatever your background, it provides a vital ‘stepping stone’ for candidates wanting to move into the rapidly growing field of complementary health.

With a long-standing reputation for learning excellence and on-going tutor support, the School of Natural Therapies’ prides itself on ensuring that students are well prepared for the ITEC Diploma examination. On successful completion of the examination, post graduate students will be able to begin a new career or earn additional income in a number of different ways.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is the ancient art of applying pressure to the feet and hands using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques – it is based on a system of ten ‘zones’ and ‘reflex areas’, that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands. Its function is to affect a physical healing and changes to homeostasis by releasing ‘blockages’ and restoring the free-flow of energy through the body.

The therapy was developed by Eunace Ingham in the mid to late twentieth century; however, the principles of treating the body holistically (Literally – as a whole) using lines of energy, date back thousands of years.

In the tomb of Ankhamor, there are a series of pictures, illustrating what seems to be a similar art to Reflexology, whereby a physician is holding and manipulating both feet and hands. In today’s stressful lifestyles, more and more people are reaping the benefits of the art of Reflexology.

What are the benefits of Reflexology?

Research has shown the specific techniques of reflexology to be effective and beneficial in many ways, it:

  • It relieves stress and creates relaxation – 75% of disease is thought to be stress related.
  • In order for the body to maintain ‘homeostasis’, it needs energy in the form of oxygen and nutrients, which are circulated in the blood. Reflexology increases blood circulation, it increases the efficiency of cells and therefore organs.
  • It helps to prelease trapped nervous energy and improves neural pathways – somewhere in the region of 7000 nerves are stimulated through reflexology massage.
  • It improves the elimination of waste material, which can be harmful to the body if it accumulates.
  • It activates ‘self-healing’ in the body
  • Pain reduction – documented in 27 studies including research showing impact on individuals of all ages and health states
  • Aids post-operative recovery: Reflexology work aids recovery after surgery as shown by several studies, reducing pain and lessening the use of post-operative analgesics.
  • Complements cancer care: Pain, nausea, vomiting, and/or anxiety eased for chemotherapy patients following reflexology work as shown by16 studies from 7 countries.
  • Eases pregnancy, delivery and post-partum effects: Women who received reflexology experienced shorter labour times and used less analgesia. In addition, reflexology showed a positive impact on postpartum depression, anxiety, urination and bowel movements.

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional, compulsory unit, in order to achieve their Reflexology Diploma Qualification.

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to work safely. Learners will develop knowledge on the importance of social responsibility, the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They will also gain an understanding of the safe working practices required to protect themselves and their clients.

This unit has 6 learning outcomes: – 

  • LO1 Understand the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19 
  • LO2 Understand social responsibility for the complementary therapy and sports massage sectors in relation to COVID-19 
  • LO3 Understand the controls necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • LO4 Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene and Personal Hygiene in the prevention of COVID-19 
  • LO5 Understand potential hazards and risks and the workplace procedures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the complementary therapy/sports massage environment 
  • LO6 Understand decontamination and waste management processes relevant to complementary therapies and sports massage

On scheduled exam days, students will be required to undertake an additional multiple choice question paper, consisting of 23 questions. 3

30 minutes are allocated for this exam.

There is an additional cost of £20.00 to undertake this compulsory unit.

Please note that qualifications cannot be issued unless this unit is successfully completed.

Course Structure

The ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology is a fast track, intensive course of study designed for those wishing to build the base from which to develop a career in alternative therapies.

The course is run by enthusiastic, dedicated ITEC professionals, who teach not because they can do but because they love to. The Diploma comprises of 4 independent units (for complete beginners) or just some of those units if applicants already hold an acceptable qualification in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology or another ITEC level 3 Complementary Therapy Diploma within the past 3 years . Please contact us is you are unsure and we will be happy to guide you.

Unit iUCT29 – Provide Reflexology for Complementary Therapies
(Candidates will be assessed on this unit by a 1-hour practical examination.)

  • Learn how to prepare for a Reflexology treatment and perform and adapt the reflexology treatment to suit individual clients with different needs and requirements.
  • Students will also provide evidence of 60 treatments and 40 case studies.

Unit – iUCT38 – Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies
(Multiple choice theory test 50 questions on exam day – 55 minute paper, taken alongside the practical exam for unit 380)
Human Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, covering all major systems and their functions, incorporating:

  • Cell Structure, Tissue and Skin Cellular Composition
  • Muscular and Skeletal Systems
  • Cardiovascular – Heart and Blood Circulation
  • Lymphatic System – Lymph glands and production of Tissue Fluid
  • Neurological System – Brain and Nervous System
  • Endocrine System – Hormonal producing organs and role of hormones in the human body
  • Respiratory System – Lungs and air pathways
  • Digestive System
  • Genito-Urinary System – Kidneys and water metabolism
  • Reproductive System

Unit iUCT29   – Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning which allows the student to research four other complementary therapies in the form of  four assignments – these will be submitted and marked internally by the school)

Unit iUCT34 – Business Practice for Complementary Therapies
(Assignment based learning – students will write their own business plan in relation to a holistic business – internally marked and assessed by the school)

There is also an optional study unit, which can be taken in addition to the above course and will benefit the student by: –

Unit iUCT29 – Healthy Eating and Well Being for the Complementary Therapy Client – Please note that this course does not form part of the above course, but can be taken if desired as a separate unit during the course. Students may wish to study this unit in order to enhance their Holistic Massage Diploma and earn additional learner credits through Ofqual. Successful candidates my want to offer nutritional advice as part of their new practice and may adopt the status of ‘Nutritional Adviser’.

Those undertaking this additional unit will be able to:

  • Evaluate the client’s present eating habits in line with current healthy eating guidelines
  • Provide general information and nutritional advice, in order to maintain health and well-being
  • Explain the factors that should be considered when planning healthy eating for the Complementary Therapy Client.

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional COVID-19 compulsory unit, in order to achieve their Reflexology Diploma Qualification.

The aim of this unit is to develop the learner’s knowledge and understanding of how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and how to work safely. Learners will develop knowledge on the importance of social responsibility, the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19, and the methods used to control transmission, such as correct hand hygiene and the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). They will also gain an understanding of the safe working practices required to protect themselves and their clients.

This unit has 6 learning outcomes: 

  • LO1 Understand the causes, transmission and effects of COVID-19 
  • LO2 Understand social responsibility for the complementary therapy and sports massage sectors in relation to COVID-19 
  • LO3 Understand the controls necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 
  • LO4 Understand the importance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Hand Hygiene and Personal Hygiene in the prevention of COVID-19 
  • LO5 Understand potential hazards and risks and the workplace procedures necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the complementary therapy/sports massage environment 
  • LO6 Understand decontamination and waste management processes relevant to complementary therapies and sports massage

On scheduled exam days, students will be required to undertake an additional multiple-choice question paper, consisting of 23 questions.

30 minutes are allocated for this exam.

There is an additional cost of £20.00 to undertake this compulsory unit.

Please note that qualifications cannot be issued unless this unit is successfully completed.

Course Fees

Level 3 Reflexology Unit ONLY £799.00 + £105 exam fee (if you have already achieved the other 3 mandatory UnitsA&P, Principles & Business for Complementary Therapies)

A deposit of £160.00 will secure your place.

Course fees may be paid in full or the balance may be spread over three monthly instalments of £226.00 (This includes a 5% admin fee)

The course fees include the following:

  • Guided learning in class with tutor support.
  • Direction and support for home study.
  • Comprehensive course notes in PDF format that you can download onto a tablet to bring with you to class or print off at home to bring along if you prefer
  • A4 pad and pen
  • Advice, guidance and discount with choosing and purchasing a quality Reflexology chair and equipment
  • A friendly and relaxed learning environment
  • A selection of discounted relevant Reflexology textbooks available to purchase at student rates

Please note that an ITEC registration & examination fee of £105.00 is also payable within the first 3 months of the course. 

If you need to take the other 3 units too please enrol on our ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology £599 which will cover everything you need or please call us to discuss your situation and we will advise the best possible route for you to take

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional, Covid-19 compulsory unit, in order to achieve their Reflexology Diploma Qualification. 

There will be an additional fee of £20.00 to cover the cost of this unit – your tutor will discuss this with you on enrolment.

Please see Course Structure.

FAQs

What are the entry requirments for this course?
To undertake this course, you’ll need to check whether you’ll need to undertake any additional units, which may be required to fulfil the requirements of ITEC, in order to receive your diploma.

This may include Anatomy & Physiology if you don’t already hold a recognised diploma – there are two further units which comprise of the Business unit, which we cover in a full training day and an assignment where students are asked to research four other complementary therapies.

If you already hold a recognised level 3 Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology, you may be exempt from this unit – but best to check with us to make sure that it will be recognised for ITEC requirements. You can do this by emailing us, by calling us for an informal chat, on 0203 544 6544, or you can Skype us too.

Similarly, if you have recently studied other complementary therapies, such as massage or aromatherapy, with a UK recognised awarding body, you may be exempt from the Business unit – again it is a good idea to check this out with us.

If you don’t hold any of these prior qualifications, we will be pleased to accept you onto this course as a complete beginner with no prior experience. You will need to register also for our Anatomy & Physiology Diploma as well, which incurs additional fees of course.

Exam Details

ITEC Practical Reflexology Examination – 1 hour

  • ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology – the paper is 50 ‘multiple choice’ questions in 55 minutes. (unless you hold this qualification, or its equivalent already)
  • The Business unit is assignment based and after attending our additional business day, you will be required to submit a small business plan, which is assessed internally by the tutor and verified by the visiting ITEC examiner on exam day.
  • The Principles unit is assignment based and requires the student to research and write up four short reports on four different complementary therapies. This is assessed internally by the tutor and verified by the visiting ITEC examiner on exam day.

Please note that there is now a requirement to undertake an additional compulsory COVID-19 unit exam which consists of 23 multiple choice questions – this exam will be timetabled in alongside the above unit 380 on exam day – please see Course Structure

Please note that as from January 1st 2021, all students enrolled on this course are now required to study an additional, compulsory unit, in order to achieve their massage diploma qualification. 

There will be an additional fee of £20.00 to cover the cost of this unit – your tutor will discuss this with you on enrolment.

Course Tutor

Julie Quinn

Julie Quinn

Photos from the Course

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Course Dates

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology for the Complementary Therapist

Next Weekend Course (8 days + exam day) 

News! We are open and holding all classes as usual, observing correct social distancing and safety adaptations.

The best strategy to approach this Diploma is to complete your Anatomy & Physiology unit (in advance of the practical Reflexology classes) via our January ’21 A&P course, which is enrolling now. Numbers will be limited so book now to secure your place!

Reflexology Weekend Course 2021 (8 days 9:30am – 5:30pm + exam day):

4 PLACES LEFT – BOOK NOW!

Sessions 1 & 2 = Feb: 6 & 7
Session 3 = Mar: 6 & 20 (2 x half days via Zoom 10am – 1pm)
Session 4 = Apr: 24
Session 5 = May: 15
Session 6 = June: 19
July, Aug & Sept – completing case studies at home
Session 7 = Oct: 30
Session 8 = Nov: 27
Dec: 18 (exam)

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Latest Reviews

5 star rating

I would highly recommend studying at the SNT for the ITEC Diploma in Reflexology. The reflexology class size was small and our tutor Julie Quinn was very approachable and experienced. Helen, our A & P tutor made the classes really enjoyable, taught in a clear, organised way and gave us excellent exam prep. The business module was also very comprehensively covered by Trevor. Overall a great experience.

Laura Newry (January 14, 2020)

5 star rating

Choosing SNT for my reflexology diploma was the best decision I could have made! From the minute I requested more info on the school and course, I received excellent service. All the tutors are extremely knowledgable, they have great methods in getting the learning material across and will do their best to get you to your finish line. They are all so friendly and helpful with whatever small the issue may be! I highly recommend SNT for whatever course you choose, you won’t be disappointed. All the best Helen – thanks for everything!! Michelle

Michelle (September 11, 2017)

5 star rating

Having studied A & P with the School of Natural Therapies, it was an obvious choice to also study for my L3 Reflexology with the team. The staff are brilliant and support you all the way, enabling me to gain a Distinction overall which I’m so pleased with

Liz Shipsey (August 8, 2017)

5 star rating

I have worked in office jobs my whole life and decided it was time for a change. I came across the reflexology course at the School of Natural Therapies on the AoR website and thought it looked great to fit around work and a small child to look after. Julie was such an inspiring tutor and I was instantly hooked on it. Even though there were lots of case studies to complete, I really enjoyed all of them as my confidence grew each time and I got to understand how to feel for imbalances in the feet. One of the men I treated was told he would never father children of his own and within two months, his girlfriend was pregnant after 5 years of trying. I can’t say for sure that it was the reflexology that enabled this to happen but he certainly seemed to think so which was a real confidence boost. I would highly recommend this course and college to anyone thinking of applying, whether you’re already a practising therapist or wanting to completely change your job, like me. It is such a relaxed and friendly environment to study in and all of the tutors are really helpful and supportive

Amanda (June 17, 2017)

5 star rating

When I decided to re-train and become a Reflexologist, I did a lot of research into suitable UK training schools that offered intensive learning that I could fit around my work commitments. I immediately contacted The School of Natural Therapies for its clear and friendly, yet professional website and when I spoke with Marc, the principal of the school regarding the details of his course, he was every bit as approachable and helpful as I expected. I signed up to the course right away.

As a complete novice I took both the Reflexology and A&P classes. Yes, they are short and very intensive courses that seem very daunting at first. Importantly, tutors Amy, Helen, and Iris are very knowledgeable and highly skilled teachers with a outright passion for the topics they teach. I absolutely enjoyed their gentle guidance coupled with a no-nonsense professional teaching style, they get right to the core of the subject and make one or two of the more banal topics cheerful and easy to remember. With their help and my commitment, I’m delighted that I’ve just passed both courses with flying colours.

I have no hesitation in recommending SNT as an outstanding training school for holistic therapies. In fact, I’m already looking at booking my next course with them.

Thank you so much guys smile
Sam

Sam Lennie (April 15, 2015)