Advanced Clinical Diploma in Reflexology      

Reflexology Practitioners Diploma Course

Accredited by VTCT 

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: Cheryll Hodgson FMAR


Course Tutors: Cheryll Hodgson

                      and  Hannah Freimanis MFHT

Anatomy and Physiology and Pathology Lecturer: Gareth Davies

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.

Cheryll Hodgson, 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 15 years Cheryll 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 Freimanis - qualified 14 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. 


Gareth Davies - has been a practising therapist for over 25 years and also is a very experienced tutor of Anatomy and Physiology, whom we count ourselves very fortunate to have on our team.   Gareth will always be prepared to go over and above to help students learn this important subject which gives new practitioners a stable underpinning knowledge from which to operate in the professional world of health care. 

 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: 2021

Reflexology Weekends:

16/17th January 2021

6/7th February

6/7th March

10/11th April

15/16th May

12/13th June

10/11th July

31stJuly/1st Aug

4/5th September

Cost:  £1800 - includes Anatomy & Physiology module and all text books and learning materials. 

Deposit £500. Staged payments available by standing order thereafter

 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 4 unit modules which are required by FHT and Association of Reflexologists for full membership. This level of qualification is the only one listed by the QiW - the Welsh qualifications regulator and as such is their highest nationally recognised qualification in Reflexology according to Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) .   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 VTCT.  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. 

Successful completion of study leads to a SAFE internationally recognised qualification, mapped to the National Occupational Standards and the UK Core Curriculum.  If you have any questions regarding levels of training, please do discuss this with the School Principal - Cheryll Hodgson and she will be happy to explain. 


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

  •   Provide Reflexology for complementary therapies

  • · Principles & Practice of complementary therapies

  • ·Knowledge of anatomy, physiology & pathology for complementary therapies·  

  •   Business practice for 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

  •           Basic nutrition

  • ·         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 the West Shires peer support group

  •           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, Practical assessments etc. building into a complete portfolio covering all the modules of the course.


Course Units:

  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology   

  • Principles and Practice of Complementary Therapy

  • Business Practice for Complementary Therapy

  • Provide Reflexology



The course will take place at Alliance Therapy Carmarthen, 24 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BS.  This is a very friendly, pleasantly appointed holistic therapy centre that offers our students relaxed, yet professional surroundings in which to study and practice their developing skills. Although the centre does not have its own car park, there is adequate parking nearby to be found at the top of King Street

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



Cost:  £1,800   (includes A&P )  - 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:  Awarding body fee of £107


Student membership of the Association of Reflexologists (AoR) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) (optional) 


To secure a place on our course we would require:

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

 b) deposit payable for the training by cheque/bank transfer to Cheryll Hodgson, West Shires School of Reflexology, Alliance Therapy Carmarthen, 24 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BS   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 Cheryll Hodgson who is available via email  ( or telephone number :  01267 231212

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