VTCT/ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy, Sussex

Tutor: Jo Kellett

Start date: To be confirmed.

Course length: 6 months

Venue: Sussex

Course Fees: £995

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We are delighted to announce that we are bringing a new VTCT/ITEC Course to our Sussex venue this autumn, the Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy is the use of volatile plant oils called essential oils for the treatment or prevention of disease. It is a form of complementary therapy designed to treat the whole person and not just the symptom or disease by assisting the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself.

Essential oils consist of tiny aromatic molecules that are readily absorbed via the skin, an inhaled via the nose.  Each Essential oil has a number of therapeutic properties. These therapeutic constituents enter the bloodstream and are carried around the body where they can deliver their beneficial healing powers

Its roots can be traced to Traditional Chinese medicine and evidence exists that it was also practised in Ancient Egypt.  Today, aromatherapy is one of the most popular of all complementary therapies, offering a wide range of highly effective treatments to both the acute and chronic stages of illness and disease.

It is considered a truly holistic therapy as an Aromatherapist will consider each aspect of their client’s health and well being and blend a unique bespoke blend for every treatment.

Once completed, where can you work?

The Level 3 VTCT/ITEC Diploma qualifies you to work independently in your own practice, empowering you to select your own hours and be in control of your work/life balance.  Alternatively, you can be employed by a salon, clinic, health club or spa.  You may also find work in the NHS, hospice or other healthcare setting.

Why train with the College of Classical Massage?

  • The College of Classical Massage was established in 1999 and has  a 100% pass rate.
  • All teachers and teaching assistants at the college have been hand-picked for their experience, passion and professionalism.  They all have successful practices.
  • You receive a full 8 days classroom based hands-on tuition to ensure you have the highest skill-set level and self-confidence to start your Aromatherapy career.
  • We teach you to recognise contraindications and give you the confidence to adapt your routines and practice according to individual client’s needs.
  • We are here to support you as a body-worker and committed to your on-going professional development.
  • The College of Classical Massage is, in short, here to support you throughout your career right from the start!

Course Tutor, Jo Kellett

Jo Kellett graduated from the Tisserand Institute of Holistic Aromatherapy in 1996 and set up in private practice. She returned to The Tisserand Institute in 1999 to teach Essential Oil Therapeutics and remained there until its close in 2004. Whilst at the Institute she trained to teach baby massage with the International Association of Infant Massage.  She also teaches on the Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Diploma and teaches massage at Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy. In 2010 she obtained accreditation from IFPA to teach CPD, and offers courses throughout the year.

She is currently employed as Tisserand’s’ Essential Oil Expert and advises on blends and development for new products.

Jo has lectured on the benefits of Aromatherapy and has had articles published in America, Taiwan and the UK on the benefits of aromatherapy. She is a contributing author to ‘Aromatherapy for Health Professionals 4th Edition’ and is currently writing a book on baby massage. She appears regularly on the Chrissy B Show talking about using essential oils to support well being.

Jo runs her own private practice, from the seed aromatherapy in Brighton, East Sussex

Yes please! I would like to train as an Aromatherapist- what do I do next?

Please contact us by phone on 01273 758424 or 07949 674524 or email: classicalmassage@gmail.com to discuss your next stage, and if you wish, to arrange a meet-up with the College Principal, to see the venue and have your questions answered.

Or send us your booking form and your registration fee – we will then send your receipt and full course information.

Aromatherapy Tuition

Classes are taught in a relaxed environment using talks, lectures, visuals and detailed practical demonstration.   Students work closely with the tutor learning not only the techniques but also how to protect themselves from the strain and stress while carrying out body therapy. An important part of training with the college is to trust and develop your intuition and blend of essential oils to suit each individual.

Click here for the full ITEC syllabus and sample papers.

This course is accredited by ITEC (International Therapy Examination council – www.itecworld.co.uk). Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International -www.iptiuk.com); BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – www.bcma.co.uk); FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.


“The College of Classical Massage is like a home from home, a place full of warmth and togetherness. A wonderful antidote for those looking for something a little more than a stale college classroom for their learning environment.   I’m going to miss my regular weekly full body massage when the course finishes in a few weeks time”  Simon Thorn

“The training with the College of Classical Massage is excellent and I found it very professional and thorough within a relaxed and calming environment. My friends were amazed at how much I learnt and the different techniques that I was using in such a short space of time. ”  Jade Maloney

“I am so glad that I chose to learn at the College of Classical Massage. ”  Gaynor Shephard R.M.

Course Dates and Times

Dates: to be confirmed.

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Times: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Course Fees and Booking


Registration Fee (non-refundable): £300
Course Fee (payable 6 weeks before course start date): £695
Total  £995
VTCT/ITEC exam fee due 8 weeks before exam date £100

If you would like to book a place on this course please download a booking form.

Payment can be made by bank transfer, cheque, cash or paypal*.

To pay by bank transfer, the details are:  Account number: 40714701.  Sort code: 09 06 66.  Bank: Santander  Account name: College of Classical Massage Ltd.  Please reference the payment with your surname and send us an email to let us know you have made payment.  We will then send your receipt and course information.

To pay by cash, please contact us to arrange a convenient time.

To pay by cheque, please make cheques payable to College of Classical Massage Ltd and send to Unit 4 Natural Health Centre, 20-26 Round Hill Street, Brighton  BN2 3RG.

*When paying by paypal – there is a 3.5% surcharge on course fees to cover paypal charges.

If you have any queries regarding payment, please contact us.

Instalments – there is an option to pay the course fees over 4 equal monthly instalments.  Please contact us for further details on info@collegeofclassicalmassage.com  Please note, there is an administrative surcharge of £50 for instalment payment plans.

ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy

These fees include

  • full classroom-based aromatherapy tuition;
  • a college polo shirt
  • course handouts
  • complimentary refreshments throughout the course. 

Course Requirements

This is a post-graduate qualification.  You should be a Level 3 Massage Practitioner prior to registering for this training.  You will need to show evidence of this at the point of enrolling on the course.

If you are a complete beginner to massage, you will need to train on our  VTCT/ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Massage (which includes the VTCT/ITEC Diploma in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology).  You can do these two courses concurrently.

If you need to discuss your eligibility for this course, please give Michael Gibbons a call on 07949 674524 before reserving your place.

RQF and Ofqual

Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. The RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) is a new way of recognising skills and qualifications. It does this by awarding credit for units (small steps of learning) and enables learners to gain qualifications at their own pace along flexible routes.

The RQF has four main aims: 1. To ensure a wider range of achievements can be recognised within a more inclusive qualifications framework 2. To establish a qualifications system that is more responsive to individual and employer needs 3. To establish a simpler qualifications framework that is easier for all users to understand 4. To reduce the burden of bureaucracy in the accreditation and assessment of qualifications.

Qualifications that use the RQF rules are made up of units. This provides flexible ways to get a qualification. Each unit has a credit value which tells you how many credits are awarded when a unit is completed. The credit value also gives an indication of how long it will normally take you to prepare for a unit or qualification. One credit will usually take you 10 hours of learning. Units build up to qualifications.

There are three different types of qualification in the RQF: Award, Certificate and Diploma. The title of a qualification will tell you its size and level. If a qualification includes a unit that you have already been awarded, you can use the unit you have already taken towards that qualification. Units awarded by different awarding organisations can be combined to build up qualifications.

This course is accredited by VTCT/ITEC (International Therapy Examination council – www.itecworld.co.uk).  Practitioners can also join IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International -www.iptiuk.com); BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association – www.bcma.co.uk); FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) and CThA (Complementary Therapy Association) on graduation.

Course Contract Terms and Conditions

VTCT/ITEC Diploma in Aromatherapy- Student Contract 2020

Covid 19 update:  Please note that due to the health concern of Covid 19, we may need to delay some or part of our courses; or transfer some of the teaching to an online capacity; or we may need to implement the wearing of appropriate PPE according to latest government guidance.

We are committed to minimising the delay and disruption to any of your learning to the best of our ability.  Our examiners, VTCT/ITEC, are also committed to this, and have a lot of online options and resources available to us.

Before your course commences and if necessary during your course, we will advise you as to any measures that need to be undertaken to abide by latest government advice as the health and well-being of our staff and students is our highest priority.

We are unable to offer any refunds due to Covid disruption, outside of our normal terms and conditions of our contract.  Please ensure you read our cancellation policy before applying for our courses and workshops.

Aims of the College

To provide a friendly and secure environment where students can learn the art of classical aromatherapy techniques with the support and guidance of experienced tutors.

Session format

Classes will involve lectures, demonstration and students working in pairs under close supervision.  Please arrive promptly.

Uniform – students should wear navy blue/grey/white or black joggers/bottoms and tunic/polo shirt when doing practical work. Trainers may be worn within the college practical session.

We will be providing you with a complimentary College polo shirt once the course starts.

Please note for VTCT/ITEC exams you will need to adhere to the strict dress code for the practical exam which has some adaptions from what we recommend above.  You will be informed of this nearer the time.

All jewellery to be removed during practical sessions, long nails should be cut short.

What you need to bring/purchase

Two extra large towels.  We recommend a dark colour, which doesn’t show oil marks too much.  You must bring your freshly laundered towels to each session.

A pen and notepad/ course text books should be brought to each session.

Course information

Absences – Students will be allowed to miss a maximum of two days course time.  Students will have to make efforts to catch up on any areas they have missed.  If you require extra tuition, this will be available at £40 per hour.

Students who are unable to complete the course due to illness, or any other circumstances, may, on the production of a doctor’s certificate, transfer onto the next available course   – however, this will be at the discretion of the college and a gesture of goodwill.  A supplementary fee may be applicable.

Please note, if you choose to defer your place and a course is no longer taught at the College, you will not be eligible for any refund, and the college holds no responsibility for any financial losses.

All course work and case studies will have to be completed before you take the ITEC exam.  If work is not completed under ITEC regulations, you will not be able to be entered for the exam.  If students do not wish to take the exam, a certificate of attendance will be awarded, which will not qualify the holder for professional practice.  There is no reduction on course fees even if you do not wish to sit the exam.

College Conditions

All students should treat each other with due care and respect.  A member of staff will deal with any abusive, threatening or derogatory behaviour.  If the matter cannot be resolved, the student will be asked to leave the course.  In this circumstance, no refund will be available.

Students should respect all property and equipment.  Students found causing damage to property or equipment through negligence or intent, will be liable to costs.

Course fees

The registration fee is non-refundable.  No refunds will be given on course fees from six weeks before the course commences.  Payments of fees should be made in full on the dates specified by the college on its website or given in writing.  Failure to do so will result in the student being removed from the course and action taken to recover the outstanding amount.


All coursework has to be completed before you take the exam no exceptions. The date for the exam will be organised with the ITEC board.  Students will be informed of examination regulations and procedures.  Any student failing an exam, or unable to attend will be given the opportunity to resit the exam only if we are able to accommodate this with a later exam that is already booked or scheduled to be booked. Please note we normally have practical exams booked several times a year but transferring to another exam booking will incur a supplementary fee and is normally at the discretion of the college.

Appeals and Complaints

Should you wish to address an appeal or complaint to the college, please do so as soon as possible, and in the first instance to the course tutor.  Alternatively, please do so in writing/email.  We will try to respond to your request as quickly as we can within normal office hours.

Should you feel we have been unable to help you with your appeal or complaint you may contact VTCT/ITEC through the student page on their website www.itecworld.co.uk.

Equal Opportunities

The College of Classical Massage is an equal opportunity employer and education provider. We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities, fairness of treatment, dignity, work-life balance and the elimination of all forms of discrimination in the workplace for all staff and students. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals are able to make best use of their skills, free from discrimination or harassment, and in which all decisions are based on merit. We have adopted this policy as a means of helping to achieve these aims.

By booking on to this course and sending your registration fee you agree to abide by our terms and conditions in this contract.

Please view our cancellation policy before booking your course.

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