Holistic Therapies Year 1
Year 1 HOL1


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.  

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Course Code Year 1 HOL1
Duration 1 Year
Number of Places 20 in each year
Contact Hours Per Week 22 approx
Timetable Contact 5 Day Mornings Option (8.50am-2.00pm)

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) is required for ITEC qualifications.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.

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

Is This Course For You?

Entry Requirements

Year 1

  • 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.

What Will I Study?

The following modules are included on the course:

Year 1 Holistic Massage Anatomy and Physiology Indian Head Massage Relexology Nutrition

What Will I Do?

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

Career Opportunities

This is a rapidly expanding career area offering various opportunities for professional practice. Graduates find employment in:

  • Hotels, Guest Houses and Leisure Centres
  • Beauty Salons/Health Centres
  • Healing Centres
  • Cruise Ships
  • Sports Injuries Clinics
  • Health Spas 
  • Gymnasiums

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

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Powerscourt Spa


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:

Holistic Therapies Year 2


At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, 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, such as drawing equipment.

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