Advanced Clinical Diploma in Reflexology      

Reflexology Practitioners Diploma Course

Course starting September 2022


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Public interest in complementary therapies is growing and demand for reflexology continues to grow as everyone becomes more aware of the far reaching health and social problems caused by stress.


This qualification is designed principally to lead directly into self employment or employment as a reflexologist.   It will also enable progression to a First Degree in Health Sciences in a number of Higher Education Programs in UK universities.  There are also post graduate programs available for which this qualification is a prerequisite.


The aims of the course are to develop an essential knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of reflexology and the course also includes the study of Anatomy and Physiology.


At the West Shires School we run at least one course per year, but two courses per year are possible if sufficient interest from candidates. Each course runs over 9/10 months - with monthly weekend attendance to complete all the modules and assessments.

School Principal: Cheryl Hawkes FMAR


Course Tutors: Cheryl Hawkes 

                      and  Hannah Mackie-Freimanis MFHT

Internal Quality Assurer: Linda Dayman



The School prides themselves on offering first class tuition to students offering true career options.  The students can rest assured that the courses offered by us are externally accredited.  The Diploma in Reflexology is accredited by VTCT and ABC Awards and/or approved by all other major Association/Organisations and will enable students to join the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) or the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) should they wish.  Graduates of this course will also be eligible to register with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). For more information see

To have external accreditation by an organisations like VTCT and ABC Awards means that the student has the additional comfort knowing that the course is being regulated by a completely independent party, ensuring the standards of teaching and required levels of learning are being upheld on an on-going basis, and, as with all good Organisations and Professional Bodies, there is an independent appeals and complaints procedure in place.

Cheryl Hawkes, who was trained by Ann Gillanders, one of the pioneer's of Reflexology in this country in the 1960's, is the School Principal and main reflexology tutor and will be teaching the reflexology course  together with support tutors. She has 27 years of clinical experience as a Reflexologist and has worked both in the public and private sectors both clinically and educationally.  She started her own school in 2007, after teaching for ten years training Reflexologist's in further education colleges. She is passionate about this amazing therapy, believing that, although you need a very good knowledge grounding and education to practice professionally,  confidently and ethically, you should also trust your developing intuition and healing energy and especially the therapy itself - and avoid  over-intellectualism and letting your ego get in the way.  For the past 18 years Cheryl has also been running her own large Complementary Therapy Centre - from which over 50 therapists practise in a wide variety of therapies. She treats her own clients  daily and specialises in  working with individuals and couples with subfertility problems or who are going through assisted conception. She is a member of the AoR - Association of Reflexologists- and was honoured with a Fellowship in 2014, and is also a member of the ARR - Association of Reproductive Reflexologists.  

Hannah Mackie-Freimanis - qualified 16 years ago and quickly built up a very successful Reflexology and Sports Massage practice at the Alliance Therapy Centre.  She is also very passionate about Reflexology and Sports Massage (she is our Sports Massage tutor as well), professional practice and has such a wealth of experience and practical knowledge to draw on that she is very popular with all students. 

 The Diploma in Reflexology has been produced to satisfy a need for a well-structured vocationally-related qualification for practising reflexologists.  Public interest in complementary therapies and reflexology in particular, is growing and the demand for reflexology in the workplace continues to grow rapidly as companies are increasingly aware of the problems caused by stress at work.  The NHS is increasingly aware of the effectiveness of reflexology in some areas of patient care.  As a result, reflexologists are being employed or contracted into NHS hospitals and GP Surgeries.  

The  AoR (Association of Reflexologists) and FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) play a key role in the development and continual improvement of standards and training and has earned a respected international reputation. To become a Member of these Associations is deemed to be the mark of a true professional. If you are researching various courses and qualifications you may wish to check if the qualification on offer can lead to membership of the AoR and FHT.  Upon completion of our Practitioner Level Reflexology Diploma Course a student will be automatically upgraded to be a full member of the FHT and be able to use the letters ‘MFHT’ after their name and with AoR will be able to use the letters 'MAR' after their name.  

Students can expect to learn in a warm and friendly environment supported by dedicated and qualified tutors who share the same passion for reflexology as their students.  The course is challenging, and a very high level of professionalism and commitment is expected; however, students are guided and inspired by a highly experienced staff team, which ensures that students have the best possible experience.

Course Dates 2022 -2023

24/25th September 2022

22/23rd October 2022

19/20th November 2022

17/18th December 2022

21/22nd January 2023

25/26th February 2023

25/26th March 2023

29/30th April 2023

20/21th May 2023

 Throughout the first three weekends,  you will learn the theory and principle of the method of reflexology and cover the relationship that exists between the reflex areas of the feet and the different parts of the body. There is a brief introduction to anatomy, physiology pathology and how reflexology may be helpful in the treatment of common disorders. Information is given on how to carry out a treatment session, when to treat and when not to treat and possible reactions to treatment.  It is imperative during these first three months to learn the practical treatment protocols to a good standard. After this stage of the course students will have a basic understanding of reflexology and will have sufficient information to know how to give a reflexology treatment and, therefore, be able to commence case studies.   

The Practitioner level course we offer is a Level 3 qualification in reflexology which includes all the National Occupational Standards which are required by  the major associations for full membership. The level 3 qualification sets out the minimum standard that must be covered and any reputable course offered at this level will be affiliated to a nationally recognised awarding body - in our case the CHP -Complementary Health Professionals, whom you will join as a student member and can upgrade to full member on course completion.  This means that the course is rigorously overseen by the awarding body's qualified external examiner.  In house we also have a robust Internal Quality Assessor  (IQA) level of course examination and we ensure our IQA's all hold properly recognised qualifications in order to do their job correctly.   At West Shires we are fully committed to adhering to extremely high standards at all levels - student, tutor, Internal moderation and external moderation across all our subjects in order to maintain the highest quality possible. 

Throughout the course students will cover the minimum standard which includes 100 hours of recorded and evidenced practice in the form of assignments, case studies, client studies and clinical notes, plus extra study to cover the following:

Module 1 - Anatomy and Physiology and Pathologies 

                      Commonly prescribed medications

Module 2-  Professional Practice and the Law

                      Health and Safety

                     Client Care and Clinical Skills

                     Business management 

Module 3 - Reflexology Theory

Module 4 -Clinical Reflexology - Theory and Practice

  •            complementary therapies·  

  • ·         Consultation procedure

  • ·         Hand Reflexology

  • ·         Understanding and preparing a treatment plan

  • ·         Code of Practice & Ethics for a Reflexologist

  • ·         Language of the Feet

  • ·         The Therapeutic Relationship

  • .         Stress 

  • .         Endocrine Balance

  • ·         Reflective Practice

  • ·         Advanced reflexology and body assessment techniques

  • ·         Working with the elderly

  • ·         Working with children

  •           Supporting the client with cancer

  •           Working with maternity and fertility issues

  • ·         The Healing Process and Quantum Reflexology

  •            Practical Grounding and Clearing

  •           Lymphathic Drainage

  •           Hot Stone Reflexology

  • ·         Professional practice and working as a self employed practitioner

  • ·         Health & Safety

  •            Self Care for the therapist

  • ·         Practical sessions commence at the start of the course

  • ·         'Real Life' Client practice sessions in a real Complementary Therapy clinic ensuring student

  •            is confident to practise professionally

  • ·         Access to exclusive online training videos to accompany learning

  • ·         On-going support throughout training and even after your course has finished

  • ·         Minimum of two tutors at every session ensuring student's needs are met

  • ·         Free course text books provided with training      

  •            Access to a range of CPD workshops and courses


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Assessment is carried out during the whole course by a variety of means, e.g. Workbooks, Assignments, Case Studies, Written and Practical assessments etc. building into a complete portfolio covering all the modules of the course.


The course will run from approximately 10am to 4pm on both days. The course is usually run with a maximum of  6 students.  This provides a learning environment which provides a high degree of individual attention.

Cost:  £1,800 - Deposit of £500 secures your place                                                             


Various payment options for Students which are payable via instalments and there are various payment plans available, which are interest free.   

Please note that although we are a private College, we care more about providing a good, top quality training and want happy students who will gain their goals of becoming excellent, confident and worthwhile therapists than we do about vast profits and so do all we can to help make the payments that we do have to charge to pay our tutors and keep the College going as reasonable as we possibly can. 

Further costs:  Student membership fee of Complementary Health Professional Accrediting Body - free

                             Discounted student insurance of £35.50


Student membership of the Complementary Health Professional Association (this will then be easily upgraded to full practitioner membership once you are qualified).


To secure a place on our course we would require:

 a) a one-to-one interview with Cheryl - this can be by phone if necessary and

 b) deposit payable for the training by cheque/bank transfer to Cheryl Hawkes, West Shires School of Reflexology, Brynseion, Tenby Road, St Clears, Carmarthenshire SA33 4JN.  As soon as we receive this we will contact you again with further details prior to the start of the course.   

There is a short and easy pre-course assignment to complete which will be sent via email  after registration.  This principally prepares you with the basics of Anatomy and Physiology and the history of Reflexology.  

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Cheryl who is available via email or telephone number :  01994 231752

Some of our 2016-2017 students having some fun at the end of their course!