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How Long is the Course?

The course is taught over eighteen months after which students attend an examination day. The complete course including exams takes up to 2 years.

How is the Course Taught?

Visual learning aids, lectures and tutorials are used to teach the theory side of Aromatherapy.

Prerequisite for Course

Students must hold a recognised Anatomy & Physiology Certificate or work towards the IEB Anatomy & Physiology Certificate in conjunction with taking the Clinical Aromatherapy Diploma.

Course Requirements

Students need to bring pens, paper, coloured pencils and clear, punched plastic wallets for course notes. Neat and tidy notes are mandatory and are counted towards the final mark. A white tunic, black or dark blue trousers with flat black or dark blue shoes (no open toes) are also required.

The course is assessed by:

  • Full attendance of the course 160 hours tutor contact
  • Completed case studies 100 hours
  • Theoretical examination 3 hour duration
  • Practical examination 1 ½ hour duration
  • Background reading is expected throughout the course
  • Continual assessment through assignment work, to include a 3,000 word thesis
  • Profiles of 50 essential oils
  • Personal log of unsupervised hours (50 hours)
  • Personal log of Individual Prescriptions
  • Student Portfolio

Home Study

An integral part of the course is time spent in home study, of both theory and practice. An important feature of this Diploma course is the continuous assessment and support of the students. The school expects a high level of student commitment throughout the course, both in and out of school.


At the end of the course students sit a 3 hour theory paper plus a 90 minute practical, where knowledge of essential oils, client care techniques and standards of Health, Safety and Hygiene are assessed. Students also need to submit documented evidence of having treated 10 people, 10 times each, totalling 100 hours of case studies.


On successful completion of the course you will be awarded with the IEB Practitioner's Diploma in Aromatherapy, and a Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy from The Sue Lincoln School of Holistic Therapies.

Governing Bodies

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You may apply to join the Aromatherapy and Allied Practitioners Association (AAPA), The British Complementary Medicine Association (BCMA). Members of these organisations may then use these designations after their name.  Successful candidates may also join the Aromatherapy Consortium (AC) as a registered therapist.

Course Fees


The cost of the course, including handouts, student workbook and exam fees is £1,345 (deposit £200). For your convenience this can be paid for in instalments. Students requiring financial assistance can apply for a Career Development Loan (a deferred repayment loan with low interest rates).



















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