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Complementary Healthcare (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

Cardiff Metropolitan University

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Cardiff Met - Llandaff

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 Years

Course summary

This top-up degree provides an excellent opportunity to extend your learning and experience within the field of complementary therapies to achieve a BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status) within the well-established Centre for Complementary Healthcare at Cardiff Met. Having gained appropriate recognised qualifications in massage, aromatherapy and reflexology and relevant underpinning knowledge at Levels 4 & 5, you will be able to focus on developing the skills and experience required for graduate employment as part of a multi-disciplinary team at two different placements (one per term). You will use all three modalities, often in combination, to treat clients with a wide variety of physical and mental health concerns and to support their families and carers. The opportunity to work alongside or observe other healthcare professionals is a valuable learning activity offered by a number of placements. Current work placements include the metabolic disorders unit at the local NHS hospital; palliative care settings; a supported living complex and a short-term residential facility supporting mental health needs. Students have an on-site placement supervisor as well as support from a named member of the teaching team. Alongside attending placement students work as a team to operate all aspects of the university’s Complementary Healthcare Clinic which is fee-paying and open to the general public. In addition to the work-based learning opportunities, students are able to extend and develop their therapy and differential diagnosis skills via the Advanced Practice and Biopsychosocial Influences in Health modules. A major component of the top-up year is completion of a research project. This is often an extension of an area of interest already identified at Level 4 or 5 and should be discussed with the programme team at interview. This top-up opportunity will undoubtedly enhance employment opportunities and enable therapists to extend and broaden their potential client base.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,000per year

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Entry requirements

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GCSE/National 4/National 5 :

Five GCSEs at grade C or above/grade 4 or above to include English Language and Maths. For Welsh applicants we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics-Numeracy.Five Scottish National 5 subjects at grade C or above to include English Language and Maths.


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University information

Cardiff Metropolitan University

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    Cardiff Metropolitan University, Student Recruitment & Admissions, Western Avenue, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF5 2YB, Wales

Dedicated support for international students from applying through to settling in.
A diverse student body with students from across 140 countries worldwide.
The first University of Sanctuary in Wales.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    10th out of 29

  • Entry standards

    / Max 128
    112 88%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    90.0 90%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%


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