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HE Level 5

Level 5 DipHE Complementary Healthcare and Wellbeing (Part-Time)

  • Campus

    Lincoln Campus

  • Start Date

    September 2024

  • Duration

    4 years (Part-time)

DipHE Complementary Healthcare and Wellbeing aims to provide learners wishing to undertake studies within Complementary Therapies with a deeper, broader, and enriched learning experience - supporting career development into this ever growing and expanding industry.

The course incorporates and links to the current healthcare and wellbeing initiatives, along with the growing developments and changes within the healthcare sector, NHS needs and patient choice whilst ensuring skills, techniques and essential knowledge allow for both private and public sector career opportunities.

The programme provides comprehensive education and training into the concept of Holistic and Integrated Healthcare; whilst developing hands-on practitioner skills and extensive practical techniques in various therapeutic therapies to include Advanced Massage, Clinical Aromatherapy and Reflexology.

It provides a deeper level of knowledge within Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and Nutrition; whilst developing deeper therapeutic relationships, allowing for effective support and treatment planning for various client health needs. Business development, professional standards, interpersonal skills and ethics will be employed to ensure safety, efficacy and high standards of practice.

Graduates may progress to working in corporate settings, the NHS, within specialist areas such as palliative care, midwifery, integrated healthcare practices or private clinics.

The course is accredited by the Complementary Health Professionals and students are eligible to get free CHP membership. 

Year 1

  • Principles and Practices of Complementary Therapies

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

  • Clinical practice

  • Interpersonal Skills and Professional Ethics

Year 2

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

  • Clinical practice

  • Integrated Healthcare and Wellbeing Development

  • Fundamental Research and Study Skills

Year 3

  • Business and Marketing

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

  • Complementary therapies in specialist settings

  • Research Project

Year 4

  • Nutrition as Therapy

  • Complementary therapies in specialist settings

  • Advanced Clinical Practice

  • Research Project

View the Module Specifications for this course.

*Optional modules will run where there are sufficient student numbers, otherwise an alternative option module may be offered.

A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points from:

  • GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A Level 

  • BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject (for example Beauty Therapy, Health and Social Care)

  • Scottish Higher/Advanced Higher with at least one subject at Advanced Higher


  • GCSE English – Grade C/4 or above

  • GCSE Maths – Grade C/4 or above

  • Level 3 Massage desirable – this can be completed alongside the course to allow for advanced massage techniques completion of the qualification

*For mature applicants, some experience may be taken in lieu of A Levels/BTECs

EU and International Applicants

  • ENIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS points

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications are acceptable for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 student visa

Students study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course. Part-time, four-years. The course will be delivered over four study weekends per year - Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the use of blended learning.

It is expected that students will complete the online study, in addition to the independent study, outside of these times. Students should also make themselves available to complete work experience hours outside of these times. Many of the opportunities offered through the college will require commitment during evenings and weekends. 

The assessment methods typically used throughout the programme include:

  •  Essays

  • Written exams

  • Practical formative and summative assessment

  • There may also be a requirement to collate a clinical portfolio made up of reflective practice, case study reports and formative assessment feedback that will support professional progression, ensuring that students cover a wide range of client objectives, types, and techniques


Graduates may progress into employment within a healthcare setting or continue their studies at postgraduate level.

You will need general stationery equipment and access to the internet and a pc at home capable of running Microsoft products; pc's are also available on campus. There will also be a Uniform and Kits required to complease the practical elements of the course. This will be discussed at interview and induction.

Per Academic Year

  • Home Students - £5,100

  • International Students - £5,500

Tuition fees will remain unchanged for the duration of a student’s continuous enrolment.

Additional Course Costs

  • Uniform: approximately £25 each

  • Kit: approximately £150

  • Towel: approximately £5

Please see the full ‘HE Terms and Conditions’ for details of additional library and printing costs associated with this programme.

Additional compulsory course costs may be able to be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary. The scheme allows students to access the bursary (up to a maximum value of £500 for full-time or £250 part-time students) for additional optional courses, workshops, professional memberships and resources. There is no cash alternative. Students who wish to access opportunities in excess of the Career Degree Bursary may do so at full cost to themselves.

Lincoln College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University (OU) validated awards. DipHE Complementary Healthcare and Wellbeing is validated by The Open University. The validating institution is responsible for awarding the qualification at the end of the programme. Students on validated courses are OfS registered, funded and taught at Lincoln College and it is the responsibility of the College to manage all aspects of this provision. The validating institution maintains an oversight of the programme throughout the academic year and must be satisfied that students are being taught in line with the required academic standards of the awarding institution. For full details and information on the responsibilities and conditions of study of both Lincoln College and the validating partners please see the Policies section. Lincoln College has designed this programme and has full responsibility for its delivery and assessment. Students who complete the programme successfully will receive an OU validated award certificate. The Open University assures itself of the standard and quality of its validated programmes through: the validation and re-validation process, the scrutiny of Lincoln College's own quality assurance procedures and the appointment of External Examiners to every OU validated programme. Although students are studying for an OU-validated award, a student's primary relationship is with Lincoln College and they must follow Lincoln College guidelines and procedures at all times. Any queries, requests or complaints should be made to Lincoln College. Lincoln College are responsible for registering students and will provide students with an induction at the commencement of their programme, which will include advice and guidance on all matters relating to their student life including: academic, financial and personal. For full details of the responsibilities of both Lincoln College and the OU please see The Student’s Guide to Studying on a Programme Validated by The Open University. View the Lincoln College Higher Education Student Handbook.  View the OU Regulations.

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