Diploma in Reflexology

Bones in our feet

Caritas School of Reflexology is accredited by ABC Awards, which is one of the largest vocational awarding bodies in the UK.


We offer the QCF (Qualifications & Credit Framework) Level Three Diploma in Reflexology.


Successful candidates are entitled to apply for MAR status with the Association of Reflexologists and be eligible for the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), your route to working within the NHS. Learners could progress into employment or further study.


This qualification has been developed by a number of Awarding Organisations in conjunction with Skills for Health.


The specification of the course follows the 4 unit criteria set by ABC Awards. No exams will be taken as course work is assessed throughout the year. Learners will be expected to pass all 4 units.


The 4 units include;

  • Principals and Practice for Complementary Therapies
  • Knowledge of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology for all systems
  • Provide Reflexology for Complementary Therapies
  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapies


The structure of each day is approximately 50% theoretical tutoring and 50% practical applications. Handouts will be provided for each module together with home study assignments. Students will be expected to complete each month’s assignment on time. During the period of the course, each student will be expected to keep a journal, complete six detailed case studies and practical examinations (client studies) which take place in the clinic.


The course is designed over eight modules, spread over a period of 11 months, giving learners more time between course dates to complete home study and case studies. Each module represents two Saturdays.


Due to the high standards required the course will have a maximum of ten  pupils; therefore keeping a high tutor/student ratio. Allocation of places is strictly on a first-come basis. It is important that you return your application form as soon as possible as this avoids disappointment.


As a non-invasive therapy, Reflexology is becoming more popular, not only with the general population, but also with more enlightened medical practitioners.

Please bear in mind, as good and effective as Reflexology is, it is not a cure all.

Caritas School of Reflexology offers a course for people interested in training to a professional level.


The specification of the course follows that set out by ABC Awards. It includes:-

  • Reflexology theory and charts
  • Contraindications to treatment
  • The theory of techniques
  • Professional clinical practice
  • Treating the individual
  • Formulating a treatment plan
  • Observation of client, assessment of feet
  • The holistic approach
  • The place of reflexology in complementary medicine
  • Instruction in practical application
  • Personal development and reflective practice
  • First Aid
  • Code of Practice and Ethics
  • Health and safety
  • Business planning
  • Registration and regulation of complementary therapies
  • Support organisations
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Local government and legal requirements

Supplementary to the above, but equally important are:-

  • Practitioner and patient relationships
  • Understanding and reading body language


The venue for the course is the Caritas Natural Health Clinic, Beeston in Nottingham, where the facilities are of a first-class standard. All theory lessons will be held in the classroom and practical sessions will take place in the treatment rooms, giving you a unique, first hand experience of working in a professional clinic environment. Tea, herbal tea, coffee, water and biscuits are freely available during the day.


Assessment will take place internally by the tutor and internal verifier and externally by ABC moderators.

Assessment includes;

  • Tests and quizzes
  • Practical assessment of a complete treatment, plus oral examination whilst in progress
  • By way of continuous assessment in the clinic, home assignments, course work and case studies.



The timetable for each day will be as follows:
09.00 - 11.00 Anatomy & Physiology
11.15 - 13.00 Reflexology Theory or Business Practice
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 16.00/1700 Practical


The course is designed on a modular basis covering: -

  • Anatomy physiology and pathology
  • Reflexology theory
  • Detailed practical instruction


If a student has difficulty, help and support will be given. The tutor will continuously monitor the course and the student's progress; anyone experiencing difficulties will be given personal help and encouragement to achieve their potential.

The tutor is always available by way of email and phone. Additional tuition will be offered if necessary.

Therapists room:

Therapists room

If you are a self employed holistic therapist and want to become part of the Caritas Natural Health team, we have two well equipped and beautifully designed rooms for hire. Visit the Caritas Natural Health Clinic to find out more >>

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