York College

Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at adults who wish to practice basic reflexology. The course will include a substantial amount of home study to meet the demands of the qualification. Students must be able to allocate time at home to complete these activities in addition to attending college one night a week. Regular attendance each week is vital. The Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology is designed for students who wish to pursue a career as a reflexologist.

Overview of the course

Students will learn the skills required to qualify as Reflexologist at level 3.  Whilst lessons are predominantly practical based, there will be elements of theory covered during the sessions which will require further study at home. This qualification allows the student to learn, develop and practice the skills required to provide reflexology services.

Entry Requirements

An interest in the sector is necessary, experience in the health and beauty therapy industry is desirable but not necessary. An understanding of anatomy and physiology is advantageous.

Students will need to demonstrate enthusiasm and interest and have a genuine desire to both provide and receive reflexology treatments. This course requires students to follow a strict dress code. For reasons concerned with health and safety students must tie up long hair (so that it is off the face and neck), remove ALL jewellery and piercings and keep nails short and product free. Certain medical conditions may be contraindicated to treatment (please seek further guidance from the tutor).

Students generally require a minimum of three GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade D/3 or higher to gain entry to the course. Mature students may be exempt from this requirement if they have appropriate work experience/life skills or additional qualifications.

Dates and Course Durations

November (Eve) – 24th Nov 2021 – 16th Jun 2022, Tuesdays, 6pm – 9pm, 29 weeks

Course Modules

Students will be required to complete the units below to gain the qualification:

  • Health and Safety
  • Client consultation
  • Principals and practice of complementary therapies
  • Business practice for complementary therapies
  • Knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology for complementary therapies
  • Provide reflexology for complementary therapies

Study Methods

Tutor input and demonstrations are followed by practical application of skills and knowledge. Students are required to work in pairs, practicing the treatments and developing skills until they are ready to work on models and clients. Assignments, work packages and portfolio-building are an integral part of the programme and home study is vital for completion of theory work.


Assessments are taken in a variety of ways including:

Observation of practical skills

Oral questioning to check understanding

Portfolio of evidence – showing all the treatments that have been completed

Online tests for each unit

Please note - The college will not be able to provide all the clients for this course, students are expected to be able to provide some of their own. Students are expected to work on a diverse range of clients.

Course Fees

The fees for this course can vary depending on funding eligibility and loan availability, if you feel you may qualify for funding, or wish to discuss loan options, please contact the Funding Team.

Additional costs

Students are generally required to purchase a kit; however, we are currently reviewing this situation.

All students will be required to wear a uniform. The details of this will be provided at a later date.

Some courses may also require additional study from home, you may need access to a PC/laptop and suitable Wi-Fi to access teaching and learning. You will be made aware of any additional study time at the time of enrolment.


York College have 2 large fully equipped hairdressing salons, an inviting commercial salon reception, 3 media make-up workshops and 2 beauty therapy salons. Adult learners will have access to professional products and equipment (including Loreal and Eve Taylor)

Students also have access to a fantastic range of College-wide facilities such as the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), study hubs, computer areas with accompanying multi-function printers and helpdesk advice.

Course progression

Successful completion of the Level 3 VTCT Diploma in Reflexology allows for progression on to the Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management available at York College University Centre.

Career progression

This course will enable students to enter employment as a Reflexologist in a salon/spa environment. Some adult learners choose to work independently as a mobile therapist.

Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this webpage, the content is subject to change where necessary.


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