Holistic Therapies


Holistic Therapies course - Dublin

At BFEI, located in Blackrock, Co. Dublin we offer a one year ITEC accredited Holistic Therapies course.

Do you see alternative holistic therapies as a way to enhance general health and wellbeing?  Are you interested  in the human body?  Do you have a desire to connect with and help others?  Want to get away from a routine desk job?  Would you enjoy flexible working hours in a calm environment, either as part of a team or working alone?  

This course offers you the opportunity to get internationally recognised ITEC qualifications in a range of therapies  to engage in professional practice.  As a Holistic/Complimentary Therapist you will use therapies to enhance the mind, body and soul of your clients to maximise vitality.  

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of this course, you can pursue careers in a range of areas including:

  • Healing Centres
  • Health & Wellbeing Centres
  • Care Homes
  • Spa Salons/Destination Spas
  • Hotels/On-demand Massage
  • Beauty Salons
  • Cruise Ships
  • Leisure Centres

Graduates may practice as qualified ITEC therapists in aromatherapy, massage, reflexology, stress management and sports massage therapy.

Course Structure

Students take the first year full time course with an option of taking the second year to broaden their expertise. This course is aimed at providing a comprehensive understanding of a number of popular therapies and achieving recognised qualifications to engage in professional practice.

Learners explore the diversity of complementary systems and underlying principles. They receive a firm grounding in Complementary Therapy theory and practice together with an understanding of how they fit into the wider context of health sciences. Thus, graduates will be able to approach Complementary Therapies and mainstream medicine in an open minded, informed and constructively critical manner.

Core Elements
  • Year 1: ITEC Qualifications in:
  • Holistic Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Nutrition
  • Year 2: ITEC Qualifications in :
  • Aromatherapy
  • Facial Skincare
  • Lymphatic drainage Massage
  • Stone Massage
  • Course Code

  • HOL1 - Year 1, HOL2 - Year 2
  • Duration

  • Number of Places

  • 20 in each year
  • Number of Contact Hours per week

  • 22 approx
  • Timetable Contact

  • 5 Days, Mornings Option-HOL1 only

I was a Beauty Therapist looking to change career and I chose to do the Holistic
Therapies course at BFEI because of the college’s fantastic reputation, and the great
selection of subjects and workshops the course offers. I found the Tutors to be incredibly
knowledgeable and passionate about the therapies, and they could not have been more
supportive, both personally and professionally. The building and equipment are state of
the art, and the treatment rooms are warm and pristine, it was always a very comfortable
and relaxing environment which helped create a very pleasant learning experience.
Towards the end of our academic year, we went into lockdown and the staff were
amazing, they ensured we had all the resources and support we needed to successfully
complete our assignments and exams online. After graduating, I went on to do the BFEI
Salon Management Course, which gave me valuable skills to start my own business.
Deciding to study at BFEI was the best decision I ever made, it completely changed
my life. I am now running a very successful Holistic Centre
in Drogheda with another BFEI Holistic Therapies graduate.
I cannot thank the staff enough for their hard work and
dedication during my time there. Even after graduating,
Tutors still offer any support when needed.
Highly recommended! Thank you!

- Gemma Donnelly, Holistic Therapies Graduate, 2020 & Salon Management Graduate, 2021 -

Support Elements
  • You will get the opportunity to work with clients in an Open Clinic in BFEI.
  • You will engage in workshops in additional therapies to enhance your employability such as Pregnancy Massage, Aromatherapy Blending, Ear Candling and On Site Massage
  • Career advice and help with CV preparation is provided by the Guidance and Career Service.
Assessment and certification
  • This course is certified by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC).
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) are required for ITEC qualifications.
  • The completion and signing of disclaimers and consultation forms is required for ITEC certification.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.

Graduates may join many professional associations and obtain the requisite insurance cover for professional practice.


Education/ Training

Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

On successful completion of the first year course, students are encouraged to progress further by studying for additional qualifications in year two:

  • Health and Wellbeing Therapies Year 2

Entry Requirements


Leaving Certificate/LCA

Applicants should have achieved five passes OR five O6/H7s OR a combination of five O6/H7s OR have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile.

Others including Mature Students

If you are a mature student (aged 21 or over) and do not hold the Leaving Certificate, then you are welcome to apply. Each application will be assessed individually.

Qualified Therapists are granted exemptions from subjects already certified.


You must have successfully completed Year 1 or hold an Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage qualification from CIBTAC, ITEC or equivalent. You may be eligible for exemptions from some subjects if you already have recognised qualifications.

Advisory Meeting

Applicants will be invited to attend an advisory meeting to offer guidance and to ensure course suitability. Information on course costs and the registration/induction process will also be provided at this meeting. 

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services fee and where applicable professional body registration fees. There are no tuition fees for EU students.

Students will be required to purchase certain items including a uniform and product kits.


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