Complementary Therapies HNC

UCAS code 103B
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

This HNC Complementary Therapies course will teach you skills from a range of practical therapies, the theory behind them and the interpersonal skills needed to work in an area that is complementary to conventional health care.

If you are a warm and caring person with an interest in helping people to relax, to feel good and to be healthy, then this could be the course for you.

You will study at Moray College UHI in Elgin.

Special features

  • You will gain the skills required to become a qualified diverse therapist for the health sector, and fitness and leisure industries
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above or
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • For both of the above the preference is for a science based subject or
  • NC Health Care; NC Social Care; NC Beauty Care or SVQ 2/3 Beauty Therapy
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply

Access routes

  • NC Health Care
  • NC Social Care
  • NC Beauty Care
  • SVQ 2/3 Beauty Therapy

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Health and safety legislation: an introduction
  • Complementary therapies: professional issues and practice
  • Perspectives of health
  • Research and methodology
  • Complementary therapies: graded unit 1

Optional subjects may include:

  • Preparing and presenting a business plan
  • Body massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Stone therapy
  • Reflexology: advanced
  • Aromatherapy chemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology for beauty and complementary therapy

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)

You will study by way of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials, and practical demonstrations and skill sessions

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

Start date


How much will my course cost?

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18*
Full-time per year
£1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86 £86

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee has not yet been agreed by the Scottish Government.  The indicative fee level is shown in the table.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434 £434

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17 2017-18
Full-time per year £6,510 £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434 £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be able to take advantage of a range of employment opportunities for in the health sector, clinics, beauty industry, the health, fitness and leisure industry, and self employment.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Complementary Therapies

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Complementary Therapies HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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