Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy – Theory

Course code: PPA001
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Your career in Aromatherapy starts with us – all from the comfort of your own home!

  • Understand the theory and practical elements of working in this field
  • Apply for insurance to be able to practice professionally
  • Encounter a wide range of conditions to prepare you for your career
  • Develop your career within Aromatherapy
This course is only available as a study pack.
Course Overview

This Diploma is provided by Open Study College in partnership with Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy, who are one of the UK’s leading organisations for Aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy is the use of plant extracts and oils for cosmetic and healing purposes. Explore all elements including the muscular and respiratory systems, botany and plants uses, as well as diagnosis and prescription.
In addition to providing an excellent knowledge base in Aromatherapy, this course is ideal for:
• Those who wish to start a career as a Qualified Clinical Aromatherapist
• Those who wish to go on to further development courses and training
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and will be a Qualified Clinical Aromatherapist.

Course Duration

Up to 4 years to complete the course.

Course Outcome

You receive your Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy. Qualified Clinical Aromatherapist status.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course


Written assignments and examinations.

Course Content
  • The properties and effects of 12 of the most popular essential oils
  • Methods of extraction, storage and blending and the use of carrier oils
  • History of aromatherapy and massage, with the philosophy of holistic healing
  • Introduction to botany, plant cell function and photosynthesis
  • Introduction to case taking and assessment
  • Choosing appropriate oils, creams and lotions used in the aromatherapy treatment for specific ailments and conditions
  • Introduction to plant families and therapeutic and physical properties of essential oils and their pharmacological effects on the body
  • Properties and effects of 15 essential oils
  • Introduction to the chemistry of essential oils and their component parts
  • Introduction to hydrolats
  • Information on plant families and essential oils is expanded
  • Organic chemistry and essential oil components awareness
  • Toxicity, essential oil purity and safety
  • 9 carrier oils are discussed in depth
  • Allergy and substance sensitivity
  • The properties and effects of 15 essential oils
  • Differences between plant medicine and orthodox medicine
  • Comprehensive study of common ailments, including those arising from care for the elderly, pregnancy and paediatrics, depression, special needs and massage with cancer patients
  • Olfaction and its psychosomatic effects
  • The properties and effects of 12 essential oils
  • Business Studies
  • Exam