Diploma in Reflexology


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Diploma in Reflexology

Why Oxford Learning College


Reflexology is a popular, non-intrusive complementary health therapy, based on the concept that different points on the feet, lower leg, hands, face or ears correspond with different areas of the body. Reflexologists work holistically to promote better health for their clients. Millions of people around the world use Reflexology to complement other treatments when addressing conditions like anxiety, asthma, cancer treatment, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, headaches, kidney function, PMS, and sinusitis.


Reflexology is growing increasingly popular across Europe and Asia as both a complement to other treatments and as a preventive measure. One example is Denmark, where various municipalities and companies have employed reflexologists since the early 1990s.

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology aims to provide sufficient instruction to enable the successful student to understand and safely implement the techniques of this healing art. The course will be appealing to anyone looking for a new career path or to extend their own knowledge in the subject area.

Syllabus and Module Specification

Module 1: Introduction to reflexology and the language of touch

This module reflects on the historical background to reflexology. This includes brief summaries of other therapies relevant to reflexology such as acupressure, acupuncture, massage (including Shiatsu), Yin and Yang, meridians and zone therapy. The language of touch is discussed in terms of human interaction as well as the art of healing and importance of therapists’ self awareness and confidence in order to transmit and rebalance energy flows.

Module 2: Anatomy and physiology. Muscular-skeletal and central nervous systems

A basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology is essential in order for the reflexologist to assess and treat the client efficiently. Successful reflexology treatments are dependent upon pressure points and nerve pathways; this module describes the skeleton, muscle groups, how messages are conveyed to and from the brain - and how this relates to touch.

Module 3: Anatomy and physiology. Circulatory and other body systems

Continuing from module 2, this unit presents descriptions of the remainder of the body systems and functions. Detailed attention is paid to specific body systems which hold relevance to the reflexologist during client assessment and treatment.

Module 4: Immunity, endocrine glands and contra-indications of treatment

This module explores how the body deals with disease; what role hormones play in homeostatic balance, and in what circumstances the therapist should be cautious about treatment delivery. Some specific and common disorders will be outlined and discussed. Students will learn how to link their knowledge of anatomy and physiology with certain medical conditions. Effective response to medical emergencies is also outlined.

Module 5: Psychology of relaxation, treatment environment and approach

This module focuses on the important psychological features of interaction between the practitioner and client. The approach of the therapist is of utmost importance in gaining the respect of the client, and in order to help the individual to relax. Relaxation and massage techniques will be explained, together with details of suitable equipment and essential oils for consideration during treatment. The treatment environment will be addressed as an important part of the session itself.

Module 6 - Reflexology pathways and responses

Description, location, application and responses of pressure points and reflexology pathways will be explained in this module. Reflexology charts and footprints will be described, including the preparation of specific charts for use in individual treatment plans.

Module 7 - Reflexology techniques

The main techniques of treatment will be explored in this unit, together with diagrammatic examples. There are many techniques specific to reflexology such as 'thumb walking' which will be dealt with in detail. Greater confidence with relating areas of the feet with charts will be promoted.

Module 8 - The whole treatment

In this module, the theory will be applied to a hypothetical practical treatment situation from beginning to end. This will form a template around which individual treatments can be designed. The basic format of the reflexology session contains several common sections which will be relevant to all clients. When therapist is familiar with the timing, content and order of general treatment sessions, individualised sessions can be planned with confidence.

Module 9 - Client assessment, treatment planning and therapists’ responsibilities

The initial consultation and client questioning will be examined in depth. An example of a consultation form will be given. Areas surrounding legal issues, client forms, client confidentiality, when to refer and when how to obtain medical practitioner authority, will be discussed. Professional organisations and public liability insurance are briefly addressed.

Module 10 - Hand reflexology, and treatment for special circumstances

This module explores situations when reflexology involving the hands, ears and other parts of the body may be employed in reflexology; for example, when a client has a lower limb missing, or there is evidence of injury, infection or other contra-indication to the application of reflexology to the foot. Charts will be described accordingly.

CMA Registered
CMA Registered

Entry Requirements

All students must be 16 years of age and above.

Level 3 Diploma courses require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order that students can manage their studies and the assumed knowledge within course content.

Study Hours

Approximately 20 hours per unit

Assessment Method

Final online multiple choice examination.

Please note that you can enrol on this course at anytime.


Diploma in Reflexology

This course is Quality Assured by the Quality Licence Scheme
Quality Assured by QLS

At the end of this course successful learners will receive an e-Certificate from Oxford Learning College. There is also the option to purchase an Embossed Certificate and also a certificate from ABC Awards for the qualification.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future.

The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners' and/or employers' requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers. Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

How can I progress

For more information on how to progress after completing this course, please click here

Additional Information

You will receive a certificate from the College. A digital version is included in the price and will be emailed to you within 5 days of taking your online exam.

Should you require an embossed hard copy of your certificate to be sent to you by Special Delivery post, you can order this separately after taking your exam.

The course can be enrolled upon by students Internationally. There are no deadlines for enrolments.

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What's Included

Online study materials to enable the student to successfully complete the Diploma. Support is provided by the tutor department for the duration of the course (1 year). Certification upon completion. All examination fees.

Course Fee


Payment by Instalments

Students are able to pay course fees in monthly instalments. Click here to download our instalment plan.

Further Information

The Quality Assured Diploma is a Level 3 equivalent on the National Qualifications Framework. The Diploma is a 1 year course which is self study and is examined by online examination. The Diploma is awarded by Oxford College. Upon completion of the course you will receive certification awarded by Oxford College.

The Level 3 Diplomas require a minimum prior learning to GCSE standard in order to for students to manage study and the assumed knowledge within course content.

They provide an ability to gain and apply a range of knowledge, skills and understanding in a specific subject at a detailed level. Level 3 qualifications such as A levels, NVQ3, BTEC Diplomas etc. are appropriate if you plan to progress to university study.

Level 3 Diploma courses can assist you in career development, continued professional development, personal development, and provision of a basis for further study.

Progression from Level 3 is to specialist learning and detailed analysis of a higher level of information (for example university level study, Diploma Level 5 study).

Your course is delivered online via the Oxford Learning On Campus website.

This is a flexible learning course, so the more time you have to commit to your studies, the sooner you are able to complete.

In the student 'On Campus' you are also able to take part in the student chat room and forums as part of our online student community.

After enrolling online you will receive your username and password to access the On Campus area within 3 working days.

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i like doing courses with Oxford College distant learning. The staff are always friendly and helpful when I have rang up. The course is content is very thorough and it is better for me in my current job to be able to pick my folder up during tea breaks, lunch breaks and on an evening. You can out as much effort into it as you want. This course I have managed to do 5 hours studying a day to enable me to gain my qualification and practice of willing volunteers. Thank you

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