Pelargonium graveolens (Geranium). A very useful essential oil that smells divine.

Aromatherapy Diploma

Modules in Study Order




In this first module, you will study the origins and background of aromatherapy from the earliest period to modern day practice. You will also explore what the term Aromatherapy means and come to understand the Holistic Approach to treatments.

Next you will learn what an essential oil is, looking at varying definitions and learn about general safety precautions of use? You will know where to go to purchase essential oils and absolutes as well as carrier vegetable oils and other carrier media. You will also learn about the methods of manufacturing all of the oils used from plants in aromatherapy, along with information on plant families so that you come to terms with the Latin names.

You will study the different vegetable oils and how they can be used beneficially on the skin as a carrier for essential oils. To complement this, you will also cover skin types and dermal absorption-

As this is aromatherapy and will be learnt alongside a massage routine, you will learn about the cautions and contraindications of treatment and how to correctly calculate dilution ratios for your blends for various client types. You will discover about the importance of therapeutic Touch in Today’s Society and explore Research Methodology and how to find relevant research data.

As part of your coursework for this module you will start your essential oil diary.



In this module you will learn more about the actual application of Aromatherapy that will support your practical work. You need to have organised your first practical workshop around the time you take this module. Here we will once again go over blending and blending rules and look at carrier oils in depth. Here you will earn how to take the case and the importance of being thorough in order to tailor the right treatment to the client. You will learn how to write to the client's GP and when to do so. This covers the entire consultation process and includes the Law of Consent, Ethics and Confidentiality as well as how to give appropriate aftercare advice. You will practice taking the case, blending and giving aftercare advice in your weekend workshops under the supervision of your Personal Tutor.

Furthermore, you will discover how to create the right environment for a treatment and what is required in the treatment room. You will learn about how to treat stress and about working with body energy flow in order to allow your client that ability to float off into a deep and relaxed state of being during a treatment. You will be able to start your case studies at this point.



Here we will tackle the complex subject that is the Chemistry of Essential Oils but we will  cover it gently and thoroughly and in context so that you can use this information to understand your blends and why they work therapeutically. You will also learn about Toxicity and the myths that surround essential oils. Aromatherapy has a profound effect on the emotions so you will study how this occurs and specifically through an understanding of the limbic system in the brain.

In this module you will also learn the terminology that we require within your case studies on your consultation records and further considerations for blending. You will explore the pros and cons of environmental fragrancing and look at environmental considerations in terms of purchasing essential oils. You will be given a unique essential oil guide covering - The Citrus Oils 

- The Floral Oils – The Wood Oils, written by Carole Preen.




The second part of your essential oil guide covers The Herb Oils – The Medicinal Oils – The Spice Oils -

In this final module, you will study basic botany including plant taxonomy and Biosynthesis, to understand why certain aromatic plants produce essential oils. You will also learn more about organic essential oils and the use of Hydrosols in your practice.

You will also study the interactions between Essential Oils and Medications and cover common medications  and their side effects; all essential information when you are in professional practice.

You will also cover basic information on Aromatherapy and  Pregnancy and in Childbirth, although if you are interested, we have other courses you can do in this area post graduate. This module also covers some legal aspects on the practice of aromatherapy and includes all the legislation and regulations you need to know as a practitioner.