L3 Aromatherapy Diploma


This VTCT diploma in Aromatherapy running in Southampton, Hampshire, combines Aromatherapy and Massage. No previous experience or formal qualifications are required to take this course, although all candidates are advised to discuss the course with Jackie James, the school principal, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.

The course is comprised of:-

box Weekend theory and practical sessions at the QE2 (approx 1 per month)
box Blending Workshop
box Online content, including video and audio
Box Self study assignments
box Case studies (60 treatments)
box Production of an evidence portfolio
box Email and telephone support throughout the course
box Tutorials
box Practical assessments

Although the course covers 19 carrier oils and 42 essential oils, for many Aromatherapists, because some oils have a short use by date, this is too many to keep in their Aromatherapy kit. So on this course you are encouraged to build up a set of carrier and essential oils which really suit you. Many aromatherapists find that 4 carrier oils and around 20 essential oils are ideal. Although you have to use many oils within your practical assessments, you may use Calming Influences oils, to cover those which you don't wish to buy. This allows you to build up a really personal kit which will be of most use to you once you are qualified.

The sessions at the QE2 Centre in Bursledon run from 9:30 until 5:30 on both Saturday and Sunday. Mornings tend to classroom based theory, afternoons are taken up with a workshop followed by a practical session. The aim is except for the end of the course, once we have started assessments, you will both give and receive a treatment during each session. For the practical session you only need to bring towels and oils. Couches, pillows and blankets will be available for you to use.

There is also a dedicated Aromatherapy Blending Workshop late January or early February where we not only ensure you are blending safely and accurately, but look at using a variety of different mediums and delivery methods of the oils.

Lunch times are limited to 45 minutes and although there are cafes in the area, many students prefer to bring a packed lunch. Complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day. Please see prices page for dates.

As well as attendance at classes, this in depth course requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.

There are four units within the course:-

  • Aromatherapy
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business

Please note that classes on common modules (e.g. Business, Complementary Therapies and Anatomy and Physiology) are taught with Reflexology and Massage Students

Body massage

You will learn a whole body routine covering the following techniques:-

  • Effleurage
  • Petrissage
  • Vibrations
  • Passive movements
  • Pressure point stimulus

The aim of the course is to ensure you can adapt your treatments to ensure your client gets the most from their massage.

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are the oils used to dilute essential oils before use. Carrier oils are often dismissed as unimportant, but they have a range of properties so choosing the most appropriate carrier oil and be very beneficial to your client. During the course we will cover 19 carrier oils including Almond, Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Soya, Peanut, Sunflower, Grapeseed, Olive, Avocado, Sesame, Linseed, Hazel, Walnut, Macadamia, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Wheatgerm and Jojoba.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

We will cover 42 essential oils including Lavender, Lavandin, Spike Lavander, Clary sage, Majoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint, Basil, Patchouli, Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Geranium, Pepper, black, Fennel, Rose Damask, Rose Cabbage, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetivert, Cedarwood, Atlas, Cypress and Juniper.

Blending Essential and Carrier Oils

On the course we will learn to blend essential oils and carriers to produce the blend which will be most beneficial for the client. We will consider:-

  • Contra indications
  • Correct dilution to use for each client
  • Chemical composition of oils
  • Synergy between oils
  • The notes of the oil (Top note, middle note, base note)

Use of Blended Oils

In the UK Aromatherapy is mostly thought of as being associated with massage. However, there are many ways that aromatherapy blends can be used to benefit the client. This course will cover:-

  • Baths/ showers
  • Compresses
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Hydrolats
  • Inhalations
  • Masks
  • Massage
  • Shampoos
  • Sprays
  • Diffusers

Assignments and Workbooks

  • History of Aromatherapy
  • Aromatherapy oils folder (essential and carrier)
  • Diseases Assignment
  • Complementary Therapies Assignment
  • Business Workbook
  • Support agencies Folder (optional)

Case Studies
You must carry out and document 60 aromatherapy treatments. The treatments must include:-

a) Aromatherapy massage (minimum of 36 treatments) - six clients must receive a minimum of six treatments
b) Other methods of application (minimum of nine treatments) - compresses, inhalations, creams/lotions etc.


The reflexology courses are taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James, and Tracey Curtis, M.A.R. Tutor.


In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-

box Aromatherapy kit, which will contain the carrier and essential oils you will use in your practice. We will discuss this during our first weekend so please do not buy your kit before the start of the course. However, if you already have some oils, please bring them with you.

box Student membership of the FHT or another professional body which will include insurance cover for case studies.

box Aromatherapy books: There are two Aromatherapy books you need. "Change your mood with Aromatherapy" – this is a teach yourself book, and Aromatherapy Workbook – A complete guide to understanding and using essential oils by Shirley Price. This is currently out of print, but there are lots of second hand books around the £5 mark

box Anatomy books: You should buy one anatomy and physiology book during the course (during each teaching session you can use the books within the Calming Influences library to decide which book you would like to purchase). You also need to purchase the "Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies" guide from Essential Training Solutions and the AoR

box Uniform: White T shirt or therapists tunic of any colour. Black trousers and black shoes covering toes. Choose trousers and top with some give.

box Two white towels bath sheet sized, massage couch, carrier and essential oils, three A4 lever arch ring binders

First Aid Course. You don't need a First Aid qualification, but I would definitely recommend one. I would suggest the Appointed Persons type first aid course. Courses specifically designed for therapists will be run by Calming Influences and for details See Prices Page.

Already a Therapist?

If you are already a therapist with a valid anatomy and physiology, business and complementary therapy qualification, you can fast track your way through the course. For more details call Jackie on 02380 406672 so we can discuss your current qualifications.


Number of Students on Course

There are a maximum of 12 students per course


Do you want to book?

If you are interested in attending this course, please complete the Application form Press Here and return to Calming Influences.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact Jackie the course principal on 02380 406672, or by e-mail at Jackie@calminginfluences.com.


Booking your Place

If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 0780 5278 620, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com. If you would like to apply, please complete an application form and return to Calming Influences with the relevant payment.

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