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

By Lincoln College
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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. 

Full-time students should apply directly through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

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To gain an insight to this new innovate course delivered at Lincoln College, validated by the Open University and professionally accredited by the Complementary Health Professionals, come and join us from 6pm on 25th March to discover more, with an option to book for treatments afterwards. Book your place on our Eventbrite page here.

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Typical course structure

  • Year 1
    • Principles and Practices of Complementary Therapies

    • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology

    • Clinical practice

    • Interpersonal Skills and Professional Ethics

    • Integrated Healthcare and Wellbeing Development

    • Fundamental Research and Study Skills

  • Year 2
    • Business and Marketing

    • Advanced Clinical Practice

    • Complementary therapies in specialist settings

    • Research Project

    • Nutrition as Therapy

Validated by The Open University

Additional Information

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 48 UCAS points from the following: GCE A and AS Levels with at least one subject at A level, BTEC National (Diploma or Extended Diploma) in a relevant subject. Minimum - Level 3 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.

    Plus: GCSE English Language - Grade 4/c or above GCSE Maths- Grade 4/C or above Functional skills or equivalent will also be considered.

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

    International applicants NARIC confirmed equivalent of 48 UCAS tariff points IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 and a minimum of 5.5 in each component. Equivalent English language qualifications may be acceptable for applicants requiring a visa.

    We also consider life and work experience where applicants can demonstrate that they have acquired academic skills by other means.

  • Study Details

    Students study on the Lincoln College Campus for the full duration of the course.

    Full-Time Two Years: The course will be delivered over eight study weekends per year (full-time) - Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the use of blended learning.

    There will also be a weekly clinical session for practical development and completion of case studies. 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. 

    To view our programme module specification for this course please click here.

    To view our student handbook please click here.

  • Assessment & Progression

    Assessments may include a combination of strategies from essays, written exams and 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.

    Students may progress into employment within a healthcare setting or onto a BSc degree course.

  • Course Fees

    Course Fees:

    Full-Time Per Academic Year Home Students - £8,500

    Full-Time Per Academic Year International Students - £9,500

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

    Additional Course Costs:

    • Uniform: approximately £25 each

    • Kit: approximately £150

    Additional compulsory course costs can be paid for using the Career Degree Bursary.

  • Career Degree Bursary

    The Career Degree bursary was established in order to enhance our Higher Education students’ academic programme and support their studies - helping to make our students more employable, industry prepared and equipped for life as a graduate.

    The Career Degree bursary is made up of two components:

    1. A bursary of up to £500 for full-time students and up to £250 for part-time students over the course of their higher education programme to support any aspect of independent study, such as equipment, books etc.

    2. In addition, course coordinators will be allocated an additional payment to spend each academic year on enhancements that will support the development of employability skills and progression to graduate level employment. Students are encouraged to discuss ideas on how this can be spent with their tutors.

  • What Our Students Say

    “I chose Lincoln College as it is fairly local to me. I was a stay-at-home mum and so this course is perfect because it has given me something for me and that I can have my own business with afterwards.” 

    Karen Howard

  • Terms & Conditions

    Lincoln College is approved by The Open University as an appropriate organisation to offer higher education programmes leading to Open University (OU) validated awards. BSc (Hons) Acupuncture 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.

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