About the Diploma

About the course

About the One-year Holistic Aromatherapy Correspondence Diploma Course.

I.F.A. Registered course number: 07/04/0195

This course aims to provide extensive and thoughtful training, to a wide range of students, through a carefully constructed and inspiring course of home study, complemented by stimulating practical tuition workshops. We teach not only the physical uses of essential oils, but also the holistic, subtle and ethical aspects of aromatherapy.

We aim to be ‘holistic’ in a large sense – promoting an awareness of the wider implications of our activities and the use of materials. In a world and a culture that has been over-exploited our self-aware, ethically conscious aromatherapy students are enabled to facilitate the letting-go of old habits that no longer promote health and bring in a fresh out-look, as individuals, in their relationships with others and on a planetary level.

After successful completion of the Welsh School of Aromatherapy course you will be able to practice professionally as a Holistic Aromatherapist and students are invited to take the International Federation of Aromatherapists (IFA) examination to register as an accredited IFA aromatherapist.


The course starts in at the beginning of September each year


Distance learning is perfect for people with jobs, children, or commitments that make it hard to go to a fixed place every week. You study on your own, at home or wherever suits you. You will read course material, work on course activities, and write assignments, which will be marked and returned by your tutor on a weekly basis. You can choose to have your assignments marked through the mail or via the Internet. You will have contact with the other students during the seven weekends of practical training.


Three main areas will be covered

  • Aromatherapy
  • Massage
  • Anatomy and physiology

Which are taught over and above the standard set by the International Federation of Aromatherapists.
You will study:

  • The chemistry, composition and uses of 66 essential oils
  • The therapeutic effects of essential oils
  • How to select and blend essential oils and carrier oils for the individual
  • Appropriate use of aromatherapy on medical problems
  • Aromatherapy massage based on Marguerite Maury, Esalen and Trager Methods.
  • Other methods of effectively using essential oils
  • Lymphatic massage
  • Massage theory
  • Safety guidelines
  • How to conduct a consultation and treatment plan
  • How the body works
  • How to work holistically and the ethics of treatment
  • How to develop intuition and subtle Aromatherapy
  • Business studies, professionalism and marketing
  • Botany
  • History of Massage and Aromatherapy


Students will complete at least 10 to 15 hours home study each week for 30 weeks (one academic year) and to attend all practical workshops. There are 30 weeks of lessons, to be paced at the rate of one a week. These lessons will be in two blocks of 15 weeks each, with breaks for Christmas, Easter and summer holidays.

Students also need to make time during the course for home massage practice, background reading and practical work assignments.


Our workshops are based in Coleg Harlech in beautiful Snowdonia, North Wales and they encourage the total involvement of students in practical work and group discussion rather than formal lectures. The class sizes are always small. Here the theory leads naturally into practical achievement. The practical manual is yours to keep, to support your home practice.

Four intensive weekends consisting of -

  • Two days of 8-hour workshops
  • With One Saturday evening workshop finishing at 9pm

Plus three weekends consisting of -

  • Two days of 8-hour workshops

The workshops are a vital and enjoyable part of the course, and attendance of the whole of each weekend is required.


Yes there are, but do not worry, especially if you are returning back to education. To help you learn we use weekly assignments regular tests and continual feedback in gradually developed academic work. You will also see past exam papers. Time for revision is also built-in to the course.

At the end of Part 1 in January, there will be a 3-hour exam paper. This will be taken at home.

At the end of the course there are two 2-hour IFA theory examinations and a 2-hour IFA practical (massage) examination. These will take place in North Wales a short time after the 7th weekend workshop.


The student will be awarded a diploma when they have achieved a pass in all of the following:

  • Written assignments
  • Business study thesis of 2000 words
  • Aromatherapy thesis of 3000 words
  • Written examination papers
  • Practical ability
  • Your notes and the notes of the people practiced upon in the practical work carried out at home
  • Work in the Anatomy Colouring Book
  • Approach to Aromatherapy and Holistic Health


We are available in office hours if you need any further information and help. The website news section will also enable you to find work opportunities and professional development courses available. In the WSA members room on this website you will be able to keep in touch with like-minded people and be able to share information and practical knowledge.

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