Complementary Therapies HND

UCAS code 003B
UHI information line 0845 272 3600

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in trying to improve the health and wellbeing of others, the HND Complementary Therapies will give you the knowledge and practical experience required to succeed in the growing global alternative therapy industry.

This is a very hands-on course that will prepare you for a range of diverse roles in the health sector, and health, fitness and leisure industries. 

You will study at Moray College UHI in Elgin.

Special features

  • The HND builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the HNC Complementary Therapies
  • You can study full time or part time to suit your personal and professional circumstances

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above or
  • 1 A level at grade B or above
  • One Higher and A level preferably in a science-based subject
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply, interest in the subject and relevant work experience will be taken into consideration
  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with the HNC Complementary Therapies

Access routes

HNC Complementary Therapies

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
  • Chinese Elements

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Stress Management
  • Lifestyle Advice for Clients
  • Complementary Therapies: Clinical Practice
  • Stress Management for Clients
  • Complementary Therapies: Integration in Health Care Services
  • Human Pathological Processes
  • Complementary Therapies: Graded Unit 2
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Beauty and Complementary Therapy

option units may include:

  • Beauty Therapy: Remedial Massage
  • Botanical Science for Aromatherapy
  • Aromatherapy Chemistry

How will I study my course?

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

You will study by way of face-to-face lectures and tutorials in the classroom, and practical sessions at Moray College UHI

How long will my course last?

  • Full time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September

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 Moray College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be equipped to take up posts in the health sector, clinics, the health and leisure industry and self-employment.

Is there more information available online?

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

Apply for Complementary Therapies HND

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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