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 Diplomas in
  • Holistic Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Nutrition
  • Year 2: ITEC Diplomas in
  • Aromatherapy
  • On-Site Massage
  • Stone Massage
  • Course Code

  • HOL1 (First Year), HOL2 (Second Year)
  • Duration

  • 1-2 years full time - September to May
  • Number of Places

  • 20
  • Number of Contact Hours

  • 22 Hours approx
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days (HOL1 Year 1 - Mornings Option)

I studied two years of Holistic Therapies at BFEI. I qualified in Swedish Massage, Indian HeadMassage, Reflexology, Nutrition, Anatomy/ Physiology, On-Site Massage, Aromatherapy, Sports Massage, Pregnancy Massage, TuiNa and Reiki. I started offering On-Site Massage treatments six years ago and then founded Zest at Work. We provide a unique On-Site Massage service to businesses across the country. I now employ five staff including another graduate of BFEI as part of my team.

- Deirdre Casey, Health & Wellbeing Therapies Graduate, 2010 -

Support Elements
  • Work with clients in an Open Clinic within the Institute.
  • Workshops in additional therapies to enhance your employability such as Pregnancy Massage, Reiki, Ear Candling and Facial Skincare.
  • Study Skills.
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation.
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

• You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.

  • Mature Applicants

Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Year 2

Applicants must have successfully completed Year 1 or have an Anatomy, Physiology and Body Massage qualification from CIBTAC, ITEC or equivalent.

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.


Sign up to mailing list

Please, select one category...

Contact us

Main Street
Co Dublin


Beauty Therapy, Make Up and Holistic Therapies

Business, Accounting, Marketing & Auctioneering

Community, Emergency and Health Care

Computing, Networks and Digital Design


< Back


Beauty Therapy, Make Up and Holistic Therapies

Business, Accounting, Marketing & Auctioneering

Community, Emergency and Health Care

Computing, Networks and Digital Design


Level 5 Courses

Level 6 Courses

< Back


Accounting and Business

Art & Design

Beauty & Holistic Therapies

< Back