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Level 3 Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma - What is involved?

This qualification focuses on essential oils for use in making products for your clients, but does not include massage training.
For a qualification in essential oils with massage, please see Diploma in Aromatherapy.

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The Essential Oils Practitioner Diploma is accredited with the FHT. On completion of the qualification, as well as being a qualified Essential Oils Practitioner, you will be able to join the FHT Accredited Register. This course is a detailed and high level qualification.

Course Description

The training course takes one academic year (10 months) and you will cover the following modules:

  1. Aromatherapy: history, philosophy, uses.
  2. Essential oils: botany, chemistry, blending and uses.
  3. Practical: blending and product making, including creams and waxes, sprays and aromasticks.

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence and 60 treatments to perform and record outside of class time. There will also be an assessed clinic where you will conduct an observed practical session.

If you are an existing therapist, then you will spend 8 days in class covering the 3 modules listed above. 7 days will be taught online via a live interactive zoom class. The final assessment day must be attended in person at our training venue on the Wirral. There will also be some short online tutorials. Please see Course Dates for full breakdown of how the course is structured.

If you are NOT already a therapist with a recognised qualification then you will also need to complete the following modules:

  1. Principles and practice of complementary therapies.
  2. Business practice for complementary therapies.
  3. Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for complementary therapies.

Modules 4 and 5 require attendance on an extra class day, date to be arranged. This day will be a live interactive online zoom class.

Module 6: Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology can be studied via distance learning with Essential Training Solutions (ETS). You can select either the

Key Features of Essential Training Solutions (ETS) provided course:

  • FHT Accredited Qualification Course
  • 20 CPD points
  • Perfect for refresher training or for new therapists who have chosen not to go down the RQF accredited course route
  • Fully supported
  • Free access to the ETS Resource Centre with links to videos, animation, and other resources to further support your study if you choose, without slowing you down
  • Interactive tutorials and online assessments mean you can study completely from home
  • Immediate online marking of assessments so no written assignments to be posted
  • No required attendance whatsoever
  • And we even guarantee your success!

FHT Accredited Qualification and CPD Course, Level 3 Diploma


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To purchase this option from ETS and be correctly registered with ETS as a Gaia School student please follow this button link:

FHT Approved Qualification:
Level 3 Anatomy and Physiology
Online Course £70

Qualification Information

Qualification Number: 600/4845/1
Total Qualification Time: 130 hours
Guided Learning Hours: 94 hours
Credit value: 13

This course contains one of the 4 units that make up the Level 3 Diplomas in therapy qualifications on the RRQ (Register of Regulated Qualifications). The qualification is issued by a government approved awarding organisation (VTCT), and will be recognised by leading insurance companies.

What’s included in ETS VTCT Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology online course?

The course is just £340 (inc VAT) and is fully inclusive of the following:

  • VTCT course registration including VTCT lifelong membership
  • All examination fees
  • 24/7 online access for the duration of your course
  • The Essential Anatomy & Physiology Study Manual
  • The Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies book
  • Free access to the ETS Resource Centre
  • Free access to the ETS Health and Safety Resource
  • Unrivaled and unlimited student support
  • Ability to apply for a TOTUM (NUS) PRO student discount card

This course comprehensively covers Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for all the body systems.

VTCT Level 3 Certificate

Certification End Date : 29/07/2023


VTCT Level 3 Certificate

Course cost: £340

  • Pay over 3 months £100 per month + One-off deposit of £40
  • Pay over 5 months £60 per month + One-off deposit of £40

The 72 conditions covered in the Pathology tutorial are listed below.

  • Acne
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Alopecia
  • Amenorrhoea
  • Anaemia
  • Angina
  • Appendicitis
  • Arthritis - Osteo
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Athlete’s Foot
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Bladder Stones
  • Bronchitis
  • Bunions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cirrhosis
  • Constipation
  • Contact Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Cough
  • Cramp
  • Cushing’s Syndrome
  • Cystitis
  • Dandruff
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Folliculitis
  • Fractures
  • Gallstones
  • Genital Herpes
  • Glandular Fever
  • Gout
  • Hay Fever
  • Heartburn
  • High Cholesterol
  • Hiv And Aids
  • Hydronephrosis
  • Hypertension
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Ingrown Nail
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laryngitis
  • Lupus
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • Lymphoedema
  • Migraine
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuralgia
  • Onycholysis
  • Osteoporosisacne
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Paronychia
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Prostatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Scars
  • Sciatica
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprains And Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Testicular Lumps (Benign)
  • Tonsillitis
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Varicose Veins
  • Warts/Verrucae

Final assessments are held regularly throughout the year at the ETS centre in Hertfordshire.

Dates for 2020 are: Tuesday 1st December

Students will be required to meet for refreshments at 09:30am for an 10am start.

If you cannot attend the assessment centre, ETS can arrange for you to take your final assessment at your chosen location via webcam. You therefore have complete flexibility and control.

To purchase this option from ETS and be correctly registered with ETS as a Gaia School student please follow this button link:

VTCT Level 3 Certificate in
Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for Complementary Therapies, UK & International
Online course £340


  • If you already have an A,P&P recognised qualification you will be exempt from Module 6 i.e. you do not need to study further with ETS.
  • There are A,P&P qualification providers other than ETS, should you prefer to study A,P&P elsewhere.

Course content: Modules 1,2 & 3

You will study 70 essential oils within this course. The standard syllabus for a Level 3 qualification is 42 essential oils. Essential oil practitioners are only insured to use oils they have been trained in using. Therefore the inclusion of a further 28 oils in this course will extend the range that you will be able to use with your clients.

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As well as studying all the basics of aromatherapy, the course includes various advanced aromatherapy topics ranging from using oils in palliative and cancer care, and women’s health, to working with those with neurological conditions (including autism, ADHD and sensory processing disorders), to working with subtle energy techniques. The main focus is product making, engaging in creating blends for bath oils, creams, sprays, waxes, balms and aroma sticks etc.

Whilst we cover the making of products from the raw materials, including good manufacturing practice and correct labelling requirements etc., the emphasis of the course is on becoming an Essential Oils Practitioner - a therapist who utilises the energy and properties of essential oils to bring positive benefits to the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual lives of our clients. This course is for those who don’t wish to practice full body massage, but instead to focus on the myriad of other ways that essential oils can be utilised to positive effect by our clients.

Upon completion you will be qualified, and able to gain insurance, to make products for your own clients. Making products to sell to the general public is regulated by European Cosmetic directives which require that each product is safety tested and certificated before being available to sell to the general public. We will give information on how to go about this but you should be aware that this procedure can be costly. Please do get in touch if you want to discuss this before signing up to the course.

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