Professional Aromatherapy Diploma – Including massage

We hope our courses have been set so that you may learn in the most convenient way that fits your lifestyle and commitments.

Our Professional Organic Aromatherapy Qualification contains five modules, three aromatherapy theory modules, one business module and one practical massage module.

What you will achieve from our course

The course is taught to a high level of education and meets the National Occupational Standards, and the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists approves our school. The IFPA is one of the world’s largest professional Aromatherapy practitioner organisations, an authority in the field of Complementary Medicine with a strong UK membership.

On successful completion of the course, including the practical and theory examination, you will be eligible to join the IFPA as a practising full member, qualified to work as a Clinical Aromatherapist Practitioner in a beauty or natural therapy clinic, or we will equip you to set up your own business.

Aromatherapy & Holistic therapies are fast-growing complementary therapies, making this an ideal time to qualify. With the growing interest in the world for well-being and self-care, there is a need for therapists with high education and qualifications to be able to work safely with clients when it comes to essential oils. We want to offer accurate and safe information to support clients on their health and well-being journey.

Prerequisites & Payment Plan

No previous background in Aromatherapy or massage is required.

For those interested, it is possible to study Aromatherapy without the massage element of the course (please see our Clinical Essential Oil Practitioner diploma course).

Suppose you are looking to progress with your studies toward a professional qualification. In that case, the IFPA requires that students also be qualified in Anatomy & Physiology to a minimum of level three. We offer this course, which can be taken simultaneously with full tutor support. Our A&P course can be found here.

The IFPA need to see proof of any existing A&P qualification to confirm you are exempt from A&P training to award you the Aromatherapy Diploma.

The courses must be paid for at the time of booking. A free payment plan is offered with a £250 deposit followed by 12 monthly payments.

Products are not included, although we offer student discounts on all essential oils, carriers, hydrolats, and bases. A range of blended products and kits to support your learning can be bought directly from trusted essential oil suppliers who offer our students discounts on their purchases. Students will need to budget for their ingredients and equipment. We do offer a start kit of Well School essential oils in our shop here.

Fees are non-refundable, although you may be able to transfer to another date if you provide a good reason for not being able to attend a previously confirmed date for any in-house training.

If The Well School cancels or delays a course, the Well School will give a full refund for any course and a partial refund if a course has started if a suitable alternative date cannot be agreed upon.

The course syllabus

The Aromatherapy Professional Diploma Course is taught to IFPA standards and syllabus.

  • The history and philosophy of Aromatherapy
  • The study of over 70 individual essential oils and 30 carrier oils
  • Methods of production; the necessity for quality in essential oils, carriers & hydrolats
  • Safe use, administration & blending of essential oils
  • Aroma-chemistry, the components of essential oils and their synergy
  • The benefits & therapeutic properties of essential oils for the mind and body
  • The philosophy of holistic treatments & complementary therapy
  • Massage techniques and the health benefits of Aromatherapy massage
  • Contra indications and cautions for safe massage practice
  • Client care – confidentiality, communicating effectively appropriately and client record taking
  • Professional conduct, health & safety in the workplace
  • Research skills and professional self development

The minimum guideline for completing allfive5 modules (theory and practical) in 9 months is around 6 hours a week. The recommended maximum time for completing all four modules is two years, although we aim to get our students through to their exams within 18 months, if not sooner. Students must complete all five modules to take the final theory & practical examinations. Students must complete all homework, case studies, and assessments and have completed the previous module before embarking on the next. Students who have already qualified in Massage may be eligible to become a full member of IFPA on a “Clinical Aromatherapy – Product Formulating” qualification (please see our product formulation course option).

Our courses are run in line with IFPA Guidelines & Regulations. The Well School runs a course that requires documented home case study practical sessions, assessments, revision, assignments & research. We have connected with essential oil, uniform, and massage couch companies that offer our students discounts on organic essential oils, carriers, bases, hydrolats and products.

Aromatherapy Diploma Examination Day. 

Please book your exam near the end of your course when you know you will be prepared and ready to finish your studies. When we are confident that you are ready, you will sit a theory exam paper, and massage students will complete a full body Aromatherapy massage, including client analysis, case record taking and aftercare advice in exam conditions. 

To be awarded the IFPA Professional Aromatherapy Diploma qualification, learners must complete the IFPA external examinations. Before entering the IFPA examinations, students must have completed all coursework, successfully passed the internal mock tests set by their tutor and have a minimum of 80% attendance record.

There are three examinations for this qualification:

  • Aromatherapy Theory and Massage Examination Paper – 2.5 hours
  • Practical Assessment – 2 hours (includes performing a massage sequence, interview and review of coursework)

An exam fee of £80 will be paid when you book your exam date.  We can discuss exam options for those students travelling from abroad on a student visa to study with us. 


London Marylebone School

2024 / 2025 Dates Massage & Clinic Dates – 10 am – 5 pm

Weekend 1: March 23rd & 24th- Training Weekend

Weekend 2: April 20th & 21st – Training Weekend

Weekend 3: May 25th & 26th – Training Weekend

Weekend 4: September 7th & 8th – Assessment & Additional Skills Weekend

Weekend 5: January 18th & 19th  – Clinic Weekend & Portfolio Submission
March 2025  – Exam day

Start your theory learning today and join the massage module on the above dates.

Weekly lessons will be offered in our live and virtual classroom throughout the course to keep you on track and motivated with your home study and to build our student community.

Cooling off Period 

Following the ‘Distance Selling Regulation 2000’, you are entitled to a 7-day cooling off period, which enables you to receive your full deposit or fee should you cancel your booking. Any cancellation within this period must be in writing via email and within seven days of booking the course. If a booking is cancelled after the 7-day cooling off period or we do not receive written confirmation, all deposits will be lost as fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

The Qualification

On completion, you can join the IFPA as a full member and join the thriving UK and international community.

The quality of the IFPA at The Well School has seen our students graduate to run their own businesses, work at the Ritz spa, work within voluntary roles at the NHS and formulate successful product ranges.

Enrolment is OPEN. Class sizes are limited to allow the community to grow and offer a safe and welcoming learning space. Start your aromatherapy theory learning today. 



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