Professional Aromatherapy Training Course / Continuing Education Award in Aromatherapy



​Course Content​

Students will study the following modules:

Clinical Aromatherapy:

  • The history of Aromatherapy
  • Consultation techniques and client records
  • Contra-indications
  • Essential oil safety
  • Profiles of 50 essential oils
  • Methods of extraction
  • Quality of essential oils
  • Base oil profiles and other carriers
  • Principles of selecting & blending essential oils
  • Olfaction Chemistry of essential oils
  • Treating common ailments with aromatherapy
  • Massage positions and techniques for unusual settings/situations
  • Aftercare and homecare advice
  • Liaising with other professionals
  • Codes of conduct and ethics
  • Current development and legislation in aromatherapy

Anatomy & Physiology:
This module will cover the following:

  • Different parts of the skeleton Joints
  • Cellular organisation at tissue, organ, and system levels
  • Structure and functions of the skin
  • Body fluid compartments and membrane transport mechanisms
  • Neurons
  • Membrane potentials
  • Action potentials
  • Skeletal muscles
  • Ultra structure
  • Excitation contraction coupling
  • Effects of exercise and training
  • Blood, blood cells, immunity and haemostasis
  • Anatomy and physiology of the heart and blood vessels
  • Control of arterial blood pressure
  • Lymphatic system
  • Structure of the nephrons
  • Urine formation by the kidney
  • Anatomy of respiratory system
  • Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • Mechanics and control of breathing
  • Anatomy of gastrointestinal system
  • Digestion and absorption of food products
  • Mechanisms of hormone action
  • Hypothalamus and pituitary
  • Thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands
  • Control of blood glucose
  • Anatomy and physiology of the male and female reproductive system
  • Anatomy of the central nervous system
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Functions of the spinal cord
  • Brain stem and the hypothalamus
  • Motor control
  • Sensory system
  • Special senses

Integrated Pathology:

  • Fundamentals of pathophysiology
  • Pathophysiological changes in different cells
  • Cell & tissue disorders
  • Inflammation, healing and repair
  • Circulatory disorders
  • Theories of pain

Developing a Business:

  • Being an entrepreneur
  • Key elements in successful small businesses
  • Identifying new business ideas
  • Market research techniques
  • Questionnaires, focus groups, interviews and observation
  • The marketing mix
  • Pricing techniques
  • Media and advertising
  • Business Planning
  • Legal forms of business
  • Financial planning
  • Sources of finance
  • Legal considerations for the enterprise
  • Health & Safety
  • Employers and employee legislation
  • Report writing

Introduction to Research:

The module aims to support complementary therapy practitioners and health professionals working with complementary therapies to understand and work towards becoming more skilled in reviewing research literature and using a variety of tools to evaluate their practice.

  • Reading a research article
  • Choosing a research design
  • Using outcome measures
  • Objective and subjective measurement
  • Reliability and validity in measurement
  • Research using questionnaires
  • Research using attitude scales


Entry Requirements

In order to achieve the diploma students will need to already hold a recognised massage qualification.

Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Key Facts

Accredited by:
International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists

Campus: Llandaff

School: Cardiff School of Health Sciences

Course Length: 
The course will run as follows:
Aromatherapy Modules 1 & 2 – Tuesday or Thursday 9.30 – 4.30 
Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours per week (Terms 1& 2) Tuesdays
Introduction to Research – Friday 10.00-12.00 (Term 1)
Generic Business Module – Monday 10.00 – 12.00 (Term 1 Year 2)
Pathophysiology of disease – Monday 10.00-12.00 (Term 2 Year2

*Please note that times may be subject to change.

Course Fees:
Please contact Julie Duffy (Programme Director) for details on current fees 
Tel: 029 2020 5612 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Cardiff Met Enquiry Team on 029 2041 6010 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact Julie Duffy:
Tel: 029 2020 5612 

See Also:
Cardiff School of Health Sciences Website

Your Next Steps​​

To make an application please visit our online Self Service system.  Guidance on making an application can be found here.

Clearing Course Vacancies for 2017. Call 0300 330 0755 to Secure Your Place.