Practitioner Course Structure and Dates
This has been updated for 2018/2019:
The course runs for one calendar year with one weekend per month in class. There are 24 days of contact teaching with a comprehensive Home Study Programme. 29 days in Lichfield.
As much as possible the course follows the academic year with breaks for the school holidays, public holidays and half terms.
Most days are divided with theory in the morning and practical in the afternoon, apart from the specialism days when practical is interspersed throughout. Each day starts with a recap from the previous session and a discussion on person/case study progress.
For the courses starting in 2018/2019 times are:
Knutsford (Manchester) venue: 9.30am until 5.30pm both Saturday and Sunday.
Solihull (Birmingham) venue: 9am and finish at 5.30pm on Saturday and start at 9am and finish at 4.30pm on the Sunday.
Lichfield (Staffordshire) venue: 9.30am until 4.30pm. This course is a weekday course run on Tuesdays throughout the year apart from the last two days which are on Thursdays.
If using public transport please check train/bus times and contact the college if you need any assistance in journey planning or collection from the nearby railways stations.
This course is fully accredited by Centralia and has been levelled at 5 for the reflexology units and 4 for the anatomy, physiology and pathology and business planning for reflexologists, by the Awarding body Agored Cymru. Level 5 is equivalent to a foundation degree or an HND in England and Wales, whereas a level 3 qualification equates to 'A' level standard. The five units in the Level 5 Diploma in Practitioner Reflexology are assigned to the Nursing and Subjects and Vocations Allied to Medicine Sector whereas the level 3 courses may be allied to health and social care, this includes beauty therapy courses.
If you have already studied to degree level or have always wanted to study to this level then this is the course for you. If studying, researching and writing essays that have to be Harvard referenced are not for you, then perhaps look at the level 3 courses in your area. Please note that very clear guidance on essay writing and assignment guidance is given so even if you are out of practice or new to study it will all make sense! An interest in how the body works and helping people through reflexology are great motivators and often the more students learn the more they want to learn because it is such a fascinating subject.
To enable the learner to understand the expectation of learning required within this qualification, the differentials within the total qualification time (TQT) (as defined by the
regulators in England, Wales & NI) are approximated to: 50 week equivalent learning
cycle (TQT = 790 hours): approximating to
• 6-8 hours per week self study & research (300 minimum hours total) - This is for your Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology assignments and study.
• clinic hours (300 hours minimum) This is for your practical treatments on person studies at home, on average you will need to see two clients each week.
• 160 hours direct delivery for whole qualification This is the minimum contact hours of teaching required, we have 168 hours of learning in class together.
• Tutorials. These are normally in between class days via telephone or Skype but additional one to one half or full day tutorials are also available for an additional cost.
The units, what we study and the assignments that form your Portfolio of Evidence are:
HK24CY005 - Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology for Reflexology:
1. Pathology Directory with learners researching common conditions that clients present with and understanding the reflexes that may be out of balance as a result.
2. Workbook – this is a compilation of in-class discussions, exercises, charts and interactive learning (that is fun!) to demonstrate understanding of the structure and function of the body.
3. Stress Essay – This assignment enables learners to appreciate what stress is, how it affects us all and what we can do about it!
4. Homeostasis Report – Comparing and contrasting how two conditions can disrupt the body's balance and how amazing our body is as it strives to rebalance. Popular subjects have been hangovers and sunburn, a sugar crash after a sugar rush, bee and wasp stings, colds and gastroenteritis!
HK25CY008 – Reflexology Skills in Practice:
1. Creating a resource directory of local complementary health practitioners, statutory and non-statutory bodies so that you can use this when working on your person studies and also as reference when in professional practice. It is important to know when and who to signpost your client's to for what.
2. Four in-class practical assessments when learners work on people they do not know. This is a valuable learning experience that builds confidence and knowledge.
3. An important part of this unit is to understand all clinical aspects of reflexology and there are in class discussions and exercises to cover these topics.
HK25CY007 - Incremental Development of Applied Reflexology Skills in Practice:
1. Creating Client Consultation forms and clinic notes.
2. Health Care/Person Studies: Following topics such as hygiene, how to interpret what you find on the feet, listening skills, body language, contra-indications and precautions, treatment planning and lots of practical tuition for your practical sessions at home. There are initial practice sessions on friends and family and then 3 sets of Health Care Studies that gradually build on your knowledge and expertise. The most detailed set is Set 2 that demonstrates your clinical reasoning through reflection, analysis, comparisons and outcomes. There are templates and guidance sheets to ensure that you know what is required. Set 3 studies are written as if you were in clinical practice to prepare you for being on your own. (98 sessions in total are to be logged as Health Care Studies which, plus the 4 in-class assessments totals 100 practical sessions).
3. Hand Reflexology – in class practical followed by one Health Care Study (minimum of six sessions with one client) that forms part of your total number of person studies.
4. NeuroEndoPsychoImmunoPody (NEPIP) incorporating Inner Intent Reflexology (unique protocol for mind/body balance).
5. Personal Development Plan – This is a personal journal reflecting on your development throughout the course and what you are going to do on completion.
HK25CY006 - Providing Reflexology for Specific Conditions:
1. Research Report – Following a morning on exploring research, learners are asked to critically appraise a report on a research trial and then explain what they would like to create as a reflexology research trial and how they would go about it.
2. Adapting reflexology for sub-fertility and maternity care. A weekend on learning about fertility issues and how to work with couples who are struggling to conceive and how to support a client throughout pregnancy, labour and beyond. A weekend of practical, discussions and exercises.
3. Adapting Reflexology to support the chronically sick, those living with cancer and those in need of palliative care. This caring, nurturing weekend is full of practical techniques, discussion and DVD's to help understand the challenges faced by people with severe illness as well as their carers and families.
HK24CY008 - Business Skills for Reflexology Practice:
Creating a business plan and cash flow forecast to help you to set up in practice, this also includes all of the legalities and professional frameworks that the reflexologist needs to be aware of.
Please note that there is a Home Study Schedule for the year that clearly explains when the four assignments, the pathology directory and the person studies will be issued and are to be submitted. There are comprehensive guidance sheets following in-class instruction so that you feel confident to complete the work and meet the criteria over the duration of the course. Ongoing support through telephone calls, Skype and resources on the Learner Area of the website called The HUB also help.
The units' assessment and evidence sheets will be issued to each learner on their college USB memory sticks along with other course handouts so that you have electronic as well as hard copy of most of the course handouts. The USB's are also great for backing up course work and bringing it into class.
Additional topics included in the Contemporary Reflexology College syllabus:
Auricular Reflexology - a practical day learning how effective the ear points can be and what a valuable and amazing skill it is for today's reflexologist. A study of a minimum of six ear treatments on one person plus ear points to be included with all clients after the auricular training is required to consolidate learning.
Meridians are also studied, as an understanding of these points can bring a new dimension to a reflexology session. You will be given the college's own charts for reference and required to incorporate them with client's as appropriate after the weekend of Meridian Reflexology training.
Self-care through E.F.T (The Emotional Freedom Technique), hand exercises, body dynamics, nutrition, supervision and more. It is important that the busy reflexologist looks after their own health and wellbeing as they support and help others.
Practical Reflexology - Half of each day's attendance in class is spent on practical skills. Learning the techniques, hand holds, pressure and location of the reflexes on the feet, hands and ears. There is lots to learn on the theory side but this is a practical subject and therefore there is great emphasis on working efficiently and intuitively to create the most effective reflexology session for your client. If your client feels the benefit of your reflexology they will return and also recommend you to others. Word of mouth builds practices faster than any advertising, so you need to be good.
There are comprehensive charts and DVD's as well as a College Hub of information and resources to support your learning at home.
As you can see we cover a lot in our year together and each course day is action packed. This course is academic as well as practical and does not suit everyone due to the depth of the course and the amount of work that is required to complete your portfolios of evidence so please think carefully about how you would fit the course into your life. You need to be organised, motivated and dedicated, with good support around you to maximise the learning available on this course. If you have any health challenges or challenges to learning such as dyslexia then please contact the college to discuss any additional support that you may require. If once on the course life takes over, as it can sometimes, please know that every support is given along the way and course work may be handed in after the last day with a personal submission date agreed with your tutor.
All course dates must be attended. If one day is missed through illness then the student may catch up through the PowerPoint presentations, hand-outs and DVD’s with a tutorial session. However if more than one day is missed then the student must pay for a catch up session with the course tutor. If it is known in advance that a date cannot be attended (previously booked holiday etc.) then it may be possible to attend that day at another Centralia Partnership College. Please inform your course Tutor as soon as possible.