Diploma in Complementary Therapies

The highest level and the only
qualification of its kind in the UK

Available in our training centres in

Guildford and London

Course Content

10 Reasons Why you would excel as a therapist


Number 1

University Credit Rated Qualifications

Qualify with the UK’s only private training provider that has been granted the status of being able to offer University Approved Clinical Reflexology and Swedish Massage credit rated qualifications.

The CTS partners with the University of the West of Scotland (UWS). Anyone can accredit a course but only a higher education authority (university) can credit rate qualifications. The courses undergo a rigorous and thorough process of quality assurance, which is overseen by UWS.

We have many graduates that have used the credits from our qualifications for further study.

For example, due to studying our qualification, graduates have jumped directly into the third year of the integrative healthcare degree and also gained accelerated entry into other qualifications such as acupuncture degrees.


Number 2

NHS Placement

Excel as a therapist with a unique NHS course placement to provide reflexology treatments in University College Hospital (UCLH) in central London. This is the first time the hospital has entered into a formal agreement with a therapy training school. Our London and Guildford students can choose to have the NHS placement. During the placement, you will receive NHS training, be mentored by a qualified reflexologist and leave with a reference from a member of the hospital staff.

Scotland Hospice Placement

We are partnering with St Columba’s Hospice Care in Edinburgh who are providing a placement for our clinical reflexology and Swedish massage therapy students. Each student will be invited to attend a training session on palliative care from the education team at the hospice, which includes patient centred care and hospice values. In addition our students will receive mentoring and support from an experienced complementary therapist and a reference from the wellbeing service lead.  The placement is optional for the students and both placements provide invaluable experience. 



Number 3

Study with a multi award winning tutor

Melanie has won numerous awards and teaches on all of the Clinical Reflexology and Swedish Massage Therapy courses. She has a unique form of skills and imparts her wealth of information to the students. Melanie has been a qualified massage therapist for 28 years, qualified reflexology practitioner for 26 years, been on TV and national radio, worked in the health and fitness industry for 31 years and studied biomedical sciences at university with the intention of becoming a GP. From her biomedical sciences study, Melanie can teach you how some medications act in the body. This enables you to understand your clients more effectively and tailor a treatment more suited to the client’s needs. Prior to being a complementary therapist, Melanie was a manager of a gym, which at the time, was the largest Health Club in the UK. The members included multi gold winning athletes and celebrities. Melanie’s role included training the fitness staff and members. Melanie’s passion and devotion is complementary therapies.


Number 4

Scottish Goverment Grant

Have access to the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant via the Scottish Government for tuition fees.

This demonstrates that our qualifications are fully recognised.


Number 5

Accepted by all professional membership associations

Directly join the leading professional membership associations as a full member post qualification. Such as, the Association of Reflexologists, Complementary Therapists Association and the Federation of Holistic Therapists. Register with the CNHC, the UK’s voluntary regulator.


Number 6

Stand out as a therapist with the highest level qualifications in the UK

We are the UK’s only private training provider that offers a clinical reflexology or Swedish massage therapy qualification fully at level SCQF level 8 (Scotland) or European Qualifications Framework Level 5 (England, Wales and Europe). All of our university modules are at level 8/5. Due to our unique university approval, our qualifications are recognised both nationally and internationally. Our busy, successful graduates are providing treatments all over the UK and internationally too.


Number 7

We did not increase our prices for many years 

We are driven by passion and we want to share these wonderful therapies with as many people as we can. The CTS has raised several thousand pounds for charities over the years.


Number 8

Build upon a career in Complementary Therapies

This qualification is attractive to anyone wishing to pursue or build upon a career in complementary therapies with an integrated healthcare approach in mind. As a professional Complementary Therapist, you will be fully equipped to provide high quality treatments with a focus on health. Due to Melanie’s unique blend of complementary and conventional medical university study, we are best placed to offer the course from an integrative healthcare approachGaining the additional distinction by holding the UK’s only one of it’s kind university approved qualifications, reassures clients and potential employers such as the NHS of your vast training.


Number 9

Qualification includes 

Identifying an individual client’s needs and tailoring the treatment accordingly, foot reflexology, hand reflexology, a repertoire of massage techniques, advanced techniques, counselling skills, external clients, muscle locations, skeletal system components, lifestyle, setting up your own therapy clinic, mindfulness, in depth anatomy, physiology and pathology by looking at the healthy body and the progression to disease development.


Number 10

We offer exceptional lifetime support 

Throughout the course, free of charge, additional support with Melanie is offered 5 days per week. Lifetime support is offered throughout the duration of your career. We are friendly, very experienced and are more than happy to support you within the wonderful world of complementary therapies.



Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

Clinical Reflexology

Swedish Massage Therapy


Three Modules

This course consists of studying the three modules related to the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology and the Practitioner Diploma in Swedish Massage Therapy. Successful completion of the three modules entitles you to hold not only the Practitioner Diploma in Clinical Reflexology and the Practitioner Diploma in Swedish Massage Therapy but also the Diploma in Complementary Therapies. You will receive 3 certificates, with the CTS and the universities logo following successful completion of he course.



Studied Over 2 Years

This course can be studied over two years part time by studying two modules in year one and one module in year two. The Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology module has to be studied in year one.  You can choose which therapy module you would like to study in year one.

In year one and at your choice, you would either follow the dates of the clinical reflexology or Swedish massage therapy course. Please see the Reflexology and Swedish Massage Therapy page for further information about module content and for the course dates.




Students are assessed in the form of continuous assessment with no final theory exam. There will be practical assessments for each therapy module. Students complete case studies during the course. Case studies are an invaluable tool to assist you in becoming a professional therapist.


Entry Requirements


There are no formal academic entry requirements.
Students will be assessed on an individual basis to work within
a caring profession.


Bridging Course

Students can study a bridging course when they hold a suitable, recognised qualification in anatomy and physiology or in another therapeutic discipline. The therapy qualification must include anatomy and physiology at a suitable content and be at an appropriate level. Please contact us to discuss suitability.



In the unfortunate event that students fall ill during the course, we can offer a flexible learning plan whereby you can come back on to the course the next year and at no extra charge. Missed days for whatever reason can be made up at another one of our venues.


Course Fees



It will cost £2930 if paying in full or £2990 if paying in instalments.

The deposit is £250 if paying by instalments.



Additional Costs 

3 x books, Lafuma or treatment couch, dream cream, grapeseed oil and couch roll, Optional student membership of a complementary therapy association. If you want to become a successful practitioner, with the highest quality tuition, the most respected qualification and with the most professional up-to-date training in the UK, then this is the course for you.

Treatment couches are available for use on the training days within our London venue.

In year one and at your choice you would either follow the dates of the Clinical Reflexology or the Swedish Massage course.

If you would like to apply for the Practitioner

Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Please find the application form below

Application Form - Practitioner Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Please select the venue you wish to attend

The Complementary Therapy Schools Data Privacy Policy must be read before submitting an application. This can be found below the application form.

The Complementary Therapy Schools Data Privacy Policy


GDPR is bringing in new legal protection for personal information from May 2018.

This tells you what personal information I gather via my website, and why, and what your rights are.


The Complementary Therapy School

Address: Barry Business Centre, Main Street, Barry, Scotland, DD7 7RP.

Telephone No: 07961118183

Email address: melanie@thects.co.uk

Data Controller Contact Details: Melanie Bell – melanie@thects.co.uk


Purpose of processing Client Data

We hold and use client data in order to provide you with the best possible learning experience, support and advice.

We take information via our application form to allow us to make a decision on your suitability for the course. We also ask limited health information to ensure we can offer you the best learning experience.


Lawful Basis for holding and using case study Information

As a full member of the Association of Reflexologists, I abide by the AoR Code of Practice and Ethics. The lawful basis under which I hold and use your information is my legitimate interests i.e.my requirement to retain the information in order to provide you with the most appropriate training, follow up support, and advice

When you submit case studies as part of our therapy training course, the client cannot be identified. i.e. you cannot put on the consultation form the client’s name and contact details.

You are required to get signed privacy statements from any person you keep records on, including case studies. You will be required to submit a copy of this privacy statement along with any case study submitted to your tutor. A copy of this must be produced to the tutor during one of the teaching days.

As we may hold special category data (i.e. health related information) about you, the Additional Condition under which I hold and use this information is for us to fulfil our role as a Complementary Therapy trainer.


What information I hold and what I do with it

In order to give professional learning opportunities and follow up support to students the following information will be held:

• Your contact details

• Application forms

• Case studies submitted

• Course assignments

• Copies of certificates issued and records of students’ progress. I will NOT share your information with anyone else (other than with:

• An internal verifier

• An external verifier

• The Awarding body

• Students Awards Agency for Scotland

• The Association of Reflexologists (if required for quality verification purposes), or as required for legal process, or on your request to confirm that you have completed my course satisfactorily) without explaining why it is necessary, and getting your explicit consent.

Occasionally, we take pictures of our students in class and share these pictures on social media and other forms of advertising. If you do not want to take part in these pictures, you can opt out of these pictures at any time. It is not compulsory to take part in the pictures.

ID will be requested from you in person as a means of identification only. It will not be stored and the tutor will view your ID in class.


I may contact you using the contact preferences you give me in relation to

• Providing you with additional supporting material for the course

• Other information relevant to the course

• Reflexology information or information related to health

• Future training events, special offers and promotions (you may unsubscribe from this at any time)

Your data will not be transferred outside the EU without your consent.

Your personal contact details may be shared with the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) on completion of your course. The AoR may contact you to ask you to provide them with feedback on the course. This is part of the criteria for AoR CPD approval.

The AoR will only keep your information for 6 months and will only contact you in regards to feedback.


How Long I Retain Your Information for

I will keep your personal information for 3 Years.


Protecting Your Personal Data

I am committed to ensuring that your personal data is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, I have put in place appropriate technical, physical and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect from you.


Your Rights

GDPR gives you the following rights:

• The right to be informed: To know how your information will be held and used (this notice).

• The right of access: To see your tutor’s records of your personal information, so you know what is held about you and can verify it.

• The right to rectification: To tell your tutor to make changes to your personal information if it is incorrect or incomplete.

• The right to erasure (also called “the right to be forgotten”): For you to request your tutor to erase any information they hold about you

• The right to restrict processing of personal data: You have the right to request limits on how your tutor uses your personal information

• The right to data portability: under certain circumstances you can request a copy of personal information held electronically so you can reuse it in other systems.

• The right to object: To be able to tell your tutor you don’t want them to use certain parts of your information, or only to use it for certain purposes.

• Rights in relation to automated decision-making and profiling.

• The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office: To be able to complain to the ICO if you feel your details are not correct, if they are not being used in a way that you have given permission for, or if they are being stored when they don’t have to be.

Full details of your rights can be found at https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/individual-rights/.

If you wish to exercise any of these rights, please use the contact details given above.

If you are dissatisfied with the response you can complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office; their contact details are at: www.ico.org.uk

(Please note the above Privacy Policy must be read and consented to before submitting an Application)