L3 Aromatherapy Diploma


This VTCT diploma in Aromatherapy running in Southampton, Hampshire, combines Aromatherapy and Massage. No previous experience or formal qualifications are required to take this course, although all candidates are advised to discuss the course with the Principal, Jackie James, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.

The course includes:-

box Practical sessions in Southampton
box Full day remote session, using Zoom and videos
box Regular Zoom sessions (Tuesday evennig 8pm)
box All course notes
Box Self-study assignments
Box Online content, including video and audio
Box Weekend preparation workbooks
Box Revision Zoom Sessions
Box Revision Packs
box Email and telephone support during the course
box Access to a student area of the website containing videos and learning materials
box Student Online Learning Facebook group
box Optional Tutorials
box Use of Calming Influences Massage Couches and some other equipment

Face to Face Teaching Sessions

As many of the non practical elements are now online and will be completed remotely, teaching sessions are primarily practical and so will be shorter than we have run previously. Times will vary depending on where we are in the course but will either be full days (10 until 4 or 5) or half days (afternoons).

The sessions are not long but it is suggested that you bring a snack; although complementary tea, coffee, herbal teas, fruit and biscuits are available throughout the day.

There are four units within the course:-

  • Aromatherapy and Massage
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Business

Course Content

The course covers 19 carrier oils and 42 essential oils.

The course starts with an Aromatherapy Blending Workshop in October, where as well as trying out many of the oils, and being able to blend safely and accurately, you will produce a variety of aromatherapy gifts for you to take away. This normally includes Face Cream, Hand or Foot Lotion, coloured bath salts, bath oil, lavender bags and potpourri.

Following the blending workshop, on the Sunday we will run our first Massage workshop, covering set up of the work area, as well as massaging the back and the back of the legs.

You will be able to start your case studies after this first weekend,

Body massage

You will learn a whole body routine using effleurage, petrissage, vibrations, tapotement and deep tissue work. The aim of the course is to ensure you can adapt your treatments to ensure your client gets the most from their massage.

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are the oils used to dilute essential oils before use and are often dismissed as unimportant, but they have a range of properties so choosing the most appropriate carrier oil and be very beneficial to your client. During the course we will cover 19 carrier oils including Almond, Apricot Kernel, Peach Kernel, Soya, Peanut, Sunflower, Grapeseed, Olive, Avocado, Sesame, Linseed, Hazel, Walnut, Macadamia, Coconut, Evening Primrose, Wheatgerm and Jojoba.

Aromatherapy Essential Oils

We will cover 42 essential oils including Lavender, Lavandin, Spike Lavender, Clary sage, Marjoram, Rosemary, Thyme, Peppermint, Basil, Patchouli, Neroli, Petitgrain, Orange, Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Tea tree, Geranium, Pepper, black, Fennel, Rose Damask, Rose Cabbage, Jasmine, Ylang-ylang, Sandalwood, Frankincense, Myrrh, Benzoin, Ginger, Lemongrass, Vetivert, Cedarwood, Atlas, Cypress and Juniper.

Blending Essential and Carrier Oils

On the course we will learn to blend essential oils and carriers to produce the blend which will be most beneficial for the client. We will consider:-

  • Contra indications
  • Correct dilution to use for each client
  • Chemical composition of oils
  • Synergy between oils
  • The notes of the oil (Top note, middle note, base note)

Use of Blended Oils

In the UK Aromatherapy is mostly thought of as being associated with massage. However, there are many ways that aromatherapy blends can be used to benefit the client including:

  • Baths/ showers
  • Compresses
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Hydrolats
  • Inhalations
  • Masks
  • Massage
  • Shampoos
  • Sprays
  • Diffusers

Complementary Therapies

This module will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and onsite workshops. As part of the course we cover some aspects which are best covered face to face, such as when we are looking at chakras and auras and these are the subjects which will be covered using onsite workshops.

Anatomy and Physiology

This will be taught using a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and question and answer sessions whilst onsite. The approach of using videos and Zoom sessions has been trialled with my current diploma students, and has found to work very well. Students like the fact that they are still able to ask questions but also benefit from being able to watch the videos multiple times, and re-run the revision Zoom sessions. The revision packs, containing labelling diagram exercises and definitions has also proved very popular. As part of the anatomy and physiology you need to take two multi-choice tests, one in March and one in June. These sessions are carried out at the QE2 centre.


The business module will be completed with a mixture of videos, Zoom interactive sessions and a small number of workshops at the QE2 centre.


You will be required to complete

box Case studies (60 treatments, min 12 clients).
box 3 practical assessments which are carried out in July and September
box Two anatomy and physiology multi-choice tests, one in March, the second in July
box Portfolio of evidence.

Certificates will be issued by VTCT.


This is an in-depth course and students will be expected to spend approximately 10 hours each week working on the course.


This course is taught mainly by the principal, Jackie James although other Calming Influences assessors will be involved in your learning.


In addition to the course fees See Prices Page the following costs will be incurred by the student:-

box Aromatherapy kit, which will contain the carrier and essential oils you will use in your practice. We will discuss this during our first weekend so please do not buy your kit before the start of the course. However, if you already have some oils, please bring them with you.

box Student membership of the FHT or another professional body which will include insurance cover for case studies.

box Aromatherapy books: Although there are no set books there are two Aromatherapy books which I would recommend "Change your mood with Aromatherapy" – this is a teach yourself book, and Aromatherapy Workbook – A complete guide to understanding and using essential oils by Shirley Price. This is currently out of print, but there are lots of second hand books around the £5 mark

box Anatomy books: Although you will be provided with notes for all of the anatomy in the sylabus, one or two anatomy books can be useful as is the "Complete Pathology for Complementary Therapies" guide from Essential Training Solutions and the AoR

box Uniform: White T shirt or therapists tunic of any colour. Black trousers and black shoes covering toes. Choose trousers and top with some give.

box Two white towels bath sheet sized, 3 hand sized towels, massage couch (for home use), carrier and essential oils, three A4 ring binders, one of which should be lever arch

First Aid Course. You don't need a First Aid qualification, but I would definitely recommend one. I would suggest the Appointed Persons type first aid course. Courses specifically designed for therapists will be run by Calming Influences and for details See Prices Page.

Already a Therapist?

If you are already a therapist with a valid anatomy and physiology, business and complementary therapy qualification, you can fast track your way through the course. For more details call Jackie on 02380 406672 so we can discuss your current qualifications.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications required, although all candidates should discuss the course with Jackie James, the school principal, before they enrol to ensure this is the right course for them and they understand the commitment required.


Booking your Place

If you would like more information about this course please speak to Jackie James on 0780 5278 620, or e-mail her at Jackie@calminginfluences.com.

If you would like to apply, complete an application form Application Form. This is in MS Word format but other formats can be provided on request. Once completed, either mail or email the form to us with the deposit or full payment to:-

Calming Influences Holistic Training School
Oakside, Pylands Lane
SO31 1BH