Complementary Therapies HND

UCAS code 003B

What is special about this course?

If you are interested in trying to improve the health and wellbeing of others, the HND Complementary Therapies will give you the knowledge and practical experience required to succeed in the growing global integrative healthcare industry.

This is a hands-on course that will prepare you for a range of diverse roles in the health sector, and the health, fitness and leisure industries. 

You will study at Moray College UHI in Elgin.

Special features

  • The HND builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in the HNC Complementary Therapies
  • You can study full-time or part-time to suit your personal and professional circumstances


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 1 A level at grade B or above
  • For the above, Biology, Chemistry or English is preferred but not essential
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above are encouraged to apply; interest in the subject and relevant work experience will be taken into consideration
  • You may also be required to attend an interview
  • Direct entry to year 2 may be possible with the HNC Complementary Therapies

Access routes

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Human anatomy and physiology for beauty and complementary therapists
  • Body massage
  • Complementary therapy: professional issues in practice
  • Complementary therapy: health and safety legislation
  • Perspectives of health
  • Complementary therapies: clinic practice
  • Complementary therapies: graded unit 1

Optional subjects include:

  • Reflexology
  • Aromatherapy massage
  • Traditional head massage
  • Research and methodology

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Complementary therapies: stress management for clients
  • Human pathological processes
  • Lifestyle advice for clients
  • Complementary therapies: integration in healthcare services
  • Complementary therapies: graded unit 2

Optional subjects include:

  • Remedial massage
  • Reflexology: advanced
  • Aromatherapy: advanced
  • Traditional head massage
  • Instructing on infant massage
  • Seated massage therapy
  • Aromatherapy chemistry
  • Botanical science for aromatherapy

Optional units will run subject to demand

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to review government guidance and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will be delivered online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities and practical sessions will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, probably during semester two (from January 2021). Where this is not possible alternative options will be available.
  • Full-time
  • Part -time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will study through a combination of traditional classroom-based lectures and tutorials, practical demonstrations and skill sessions, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE).

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Note: The Scottish Government set this fee which has not yet been confirmed for 2021-22 so may be subject to change.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Moray College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you will be equipped to take up posts in: the health sector; clinics; the health and leisure industry; and self-employment.

Can I progress into further study?

You may wish to progress into further studies such as our BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Complementary Therapies HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.