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Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy

Course code: PPA002

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

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 experience it first-hand with a 5-day practical course.  

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
  • Understanding the theory and practical elements of working in this field

This course enables students to:

  • Apply for insurance to be able to practice professionally
  • Learn from professional practitioners on a 5-day training course
  • Encounter a wide range of conditions to prepare you for your career

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and will be a Qualified Clinical Aromatherapist.

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Course Content

Anatomy and Physiology Diploma

  • Bones and Joints
  • Muscles and Movement
  • Circulation, Lymph and the Immune System
  • Nervous System and Hormonal System
  • Urinary System and Digestive System
  • The Skin and Respiratory System
  • Reproductive System, Structure, Growth and Ageing


Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy

Module 1:
  • 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, with the philosophy of holistic healing
  • Introduction to botany, plant cell function and photosynthesis
  • Introduction to case taking and assessment
Module 2:
  • 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
Module 3:
  • 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
Module 4:
  • 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
Module 5:
  • Business Studies
  • Exam, both practical and theory
  • Practical Course:

This five-day course teaches the Penny Price Aromatherapy full aromatherapeutic body massage, to include the face and abdomen. The course also teaches:

  • Definitions of massage, and introduction to massage
  • The principals and benefits of massage
  • Different types of massage
  • Comprehensive appreciation of body analysis for assessment of clients
  • Contra-indications and precautions
  • Preparing for massage
  • Care of the client and therapist
  • Aftercare advice
Other Information

Assessment of this course takes place through written assignments and examinations, and completion of the practical course which takes place at the Penny Price Academy in Hinckley.

At the end of each module, written assignments must be completed in order to progress onto the following. Each assignment is based upon the content of each module to demonstrate your understanding.

Examinations will take place twice a year in April and September. Students will need to take two exams, one practical examination and 1 theory examination. These will take place on the same day.

Students are also required to complete 200 hours of case studies throughout the course. These case studies will consist of real-life work experience on friends and family.

Study Method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted to you for added convenience.

You will receive tutor support to assist you through your studies, so help is just a click away!

In addition, you must attend a 5-day practical training course and an external examination day to complete your qualification.

Throughout the course, you will also have access to free Saturday club with Penny Price Academy of Aromatherapy once a month. Saturday club is a club which anyone with an interest in aromatherapy can attend. They run on the 2nd Saturday of every month and talk about different subjects each month around aromatherapy.

There is no need to book your place, just arrive on the morning from 10am ready for the club to start at 10.30am. Free tea and coffee and advice from our qualified clinical aromatherapist who leads the talk.

After DCA students have successfully qualified, each Saturday club equals 1 CPD point. I will have to be sent an email requesting a Saturday club certificate so they can prove to the IFPA they have gained this point.

Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded with a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy and will become a Qualified Clinical Aromatherapist.

In addition, you will be awarded with certificates for the following:

  • Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy
  • Diploma in Aromatherapeutic Body Massage
  • Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business studies

Completion of this course allows you to apply for complete liability insurance.

This course is accredited by the International Federation for Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA), The Federation of Holistic Therapies (FHT) and the Association of Beauty Therapists (ABT).


Your Questions Answered

What are the requirements needed to enrol onto this course?


How is my work assessed?

Once you have completed all your assignments, you will send your coursework to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you.

Each assignment will be marked as passed or returned for edits and improvements.

How do I arrange my practical day?

Using the provided information in your course pack, you will be able to book your practical course on completion of the theory elements.

The course is located at the Penny Price Academy in Hinckley and will take place in June.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the cost of the course!

Is there a time limit for the completion of this course?

You may start at any time. The course will need to be completed in a minimum of 18 months and you will have no longer than 48 months to complete the course.

It is truly flexible and is designed to be adaptable around your lifestyle and other commitments.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • All carrier and essential oils
  • Mixing bottles and containers
  • 5 course textbooks
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV writing service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE Totum discount card (formerly NUS Extra card)
  • Access to free Saturday clubs once a month
What if I still have questions?

That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
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Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

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