Practitioner Course Structure and Dates
This has been updated for 2021:
The course runs for one calendar year with one weekend per month in class. There are 24 days of contact teaching with a comprehensive Home Study Programme. 29 shorter days in Lichfield.
Most days are divided with theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon, apart from the specialism days when practical is interspersed throughout. Each day starts with a recap from the previous session and a discussion on person/case study progress.
For the courses starting in 2021 times are:
Knutsford (Manchester) venue: 9.30am until 5.30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Kings Norton (Birmingham) venue: 9.30am until 5.30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Lichfield (Staffordshire) venue: 9.30am until 4.30pm. This course is a weekday course run on Tuesdays throughout the year apart from the last two days which are on Thursdays.
If using public transport please check train/bus times and contact the college if you need any assistance in journey planning or collection from the nearby railways stations.
This course is fully accredited and has been levelled at 5 for the reflexology units and 4 for the anatomy, physiology and pathology for reflexology (this means that it is reflexology specific) and business planning for reflexologists, by the Awarding body Agored Cymru. Level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree or an HND in England and Wales, whereas a level 3 qualification equates to 'A' level standard. If a course is not levelled by an awarding body then please check its validity and that it sits on the qualification framework. The five units in the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology are assigned to the Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine Sector whereas the level 3 courses may be allied to health and social care, this includes beauty therapy courses.
If you have already studied to degree level or have always wanted to study to this level then this is the course for you. If studying, researching and writing essays that have to be Harvard referenced are not for you, then perhaps look at the level 3 courses in your area. Please note that very clear guidance on essay writing and assignment guidance is given so even if you are out of practice or new to study it will all make sense! An interest in how the body works and helping people through reflexology are great motivators and often the more students learn the more they want to learn because it is such a fascinating subject.
About the Awarding Body and TQT (total qualification time)
Agored Cymru are a RQF and CQFW Awarding Organisation and charity offering flexible and educational opportunities designed to help learners of every age and ability achieve their potential.
With over 20 years of experience of awarding credit, Agored Cymru qualifications reflect the unique priorities of individuals, communities and employers. The Agored team of specialist staff provide individual support in curriculum design and quality assurance.
Agored Cymru offers Approved Centres (Centralia) the opportunity to deliver effective lifelong learning, widen opportunity and enable learner progression.
As a CQFW recognised organisation they are also able to accredit in house training and help businesses deliver high quality, bespoke quality assurance for training.
The units are included in the Sector - Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine
The TQT is 790 hours - 79 credits
To enable the learner to understand the expectation of learning required within this qualification, the differentials within the total qualification time (TQT) (as defined by the regulators in England, Wales & NI) are approximated to: 50 week equivalent learning cycle (TQT = 790 hours). This means 79 credits. One credit is awarded for every 10 hours of study. To learn more about credits please click here
for student learners this means:
• 6-8 hours per week self study & research (300 minimum hours total) - This is for your Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology assignments and study.
• clinic hours (300 hours minimum) This is for your practical treatments on person studies at home, on average you will need to see two clients each week.
• 160 hours direct delivery for whole qualification This is the minimum contact hours of teaching required, we have 165/168 hours of learning in class together excluding breaks.
• Tutorials. These are normally in between class days via telephone or Skype but additional one to one half or full day tutorials are also available for an additional cost.
So you ideally need a minimum time of 12-14 hours per week for home study. Many student learners find they need a lot longer to fully emerse themselves in learning and researching because it is so interesting.
The units that form your Portfolio of Evidence are:
HK24CY008 - Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Reflexology
HK25CY010 – Reflexology Skills in Practice
HK25CY009 - Incremental Development of Applied Reflexology Skills in Practice
HK25CY011 - Providing Reflexology for Specific Conditions
HK24CY007 - Business Skills for Reflexology Practice
Please note that there is a Home Study Schedule for the year that clearly explains when the four assignments, the pathology directory and the person studies will be issued and are to be submitted. There are comprehensive guidance sheets following in-class instruction so that you feel confident to complete the work and meet the criteria over the duration of the course. Ongoing support through telephone calls, Skype and resources on the Learner Area of the website called The HUB also help.
The units' assessment and evidence sheets will be issued to each learner in hard copy and on their college USB memory sticks along with other course handouts. The USB's are also great for backing up course work and bringing it into class.
Additional topics included in the Contemporary Reflexology College syllabus:
Auricular Reflexology - a practical day learning how effective the ear points can be and what a valuable and amazing skill it is for today's reflexologist. A study of a minimum of six ear treatments on one person plus ear points to be included with all clients after the auricular training is required to consolidate learning.
Meridians are also studied, as an understanding of these points can bring a new dimension to a reflexology session. You will be given the college's own charts for reference and required to incorporate them with client's as appropriate after the weekend of Meridian Reflexology training.
Self-care through E.F.T (The Emotional Freedom Technique), hand exercises, body dynamics, nutrition, supervision and more. It is important that the busy reflexologist looks after their own health and wellbeing as they support and help others.
Practical Reflexology - Half of each day's attendance in class is spent on practical skills. Learning the techniques, hand holds, pressure and location of the reflexes on the feet, hands and ears. There is lots to learn on the theory side but this is a practical subject and therefore there is great emphasis on working efficiently and intuitively to create the most effective reflexology session for your client. If your client feels the benefit of your reflexology they will return and also recommend you to others. Word of mouth builds practices faster than any advertising, so you need to be good.
There are comprehensive charts and DVD's as well as a College Hub of information and resources to support your learning at home.
As you can see we cover a lot in our year together and each course day is action packed. This course is academic as well as practical and does not suit everyone due to the depth of the course and the amount of work that is required to complete your portfolios of evidence so please think carefully about how you would fit the course into your life. You need to be organised, motivated and dedicated, with good support around you to maximise the learning available on this course. If you have any health challenges or challenges to learning such as dyslexia then please contact the college to discuss any additional support that you may require. If once on the course life takes over, as it can sometimes, please know that every support is given along the way and course work may be handed in after the last day with a personal submission date agreed with your tutor.
All course dates must be attended. If one day is missed through illness then the student may catch up through the PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs and DVD’s with a tutorial session. However if more than one day is missed then the student must pay for a catch up session with the course tutor.