Access to Integrative Healthcare & Sports Therapy SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

Integrative Healthcare is an exciting field where practitioners work with clients who experience a wide range of health conditions, from musculo-skeletal dysfunction to supporting positive mental health and wellbeing.

Practitioners work in a range of settings including:

  • private practice
  • integrative healthcare clinics
  • hospitals
  • palliative and hospice care
  • gyms
  • spas
  • sports teams

This Access to Integrative Healthcare and Sports Therapy course develops the skills required to progress into Higher Education where you can gain the qualifications needed to gain professional membership and insurance for practice, and to support people with complex health needs in the areas of:

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Integrative Healthcare
  • Sports Therapy
  • Soft Tissue Therapy

This course is suitable if you have an interest in the above-mentioned fields or you are looking to integrate into the healthcare sector, whether you:

  • are already working within the NHS as a health practitioner, nurse, midwife or physiotherapy assistant
  • are working within the sports and rehabilitation industry, hospices and palliative care
  • have completed an SCQF Level 5 in Beauty Therapy, Health and Social Care or Sport
  • are a school leaver with an interest in integrative healthcare and sports therapy
  • are a returner to education
  • simply looking for a complete change in career

Special features:

  • You will study a variety of subjects preparing you for further study
  • Is an ideal introduction course if you are returning to education
  • You will gain practical skills in body massage, soft tissue therapy and sports therapy
  • You will gain knowledge in health, nutrition and anatomy of the body
  • You will gain work experience in the industry

You will have the opportunity for placements throughout the year as part of your course.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s OR
  • A SCQF Level 4/5 course
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above.

You must accept the requirements of presentation, professionalism, data protection, health & safety and the integrative perspective of complementary and alternative medicine in healthcare and sports therapy.

The ability to communicate with people is also essential.

Course content includes:
A variety of units will be studied, providing you with underpinning knowledge of many aspects of:

  • complementary therapies
  • soft tissue therapy
  • sports therapy
  • nutrition and wellbeing
  • academic and study skills
  • clinical skills, resilience, and self-awareness

The core units of this course link with the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare degree, the HNC Soft Tissue Therapy, and the HND Sports Therapy programmes, enabling a smooth transition if you wish to progress into a higher education course.


You will be required to purchase a uniform for this course (Approx. £130). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a blended learning course with face-to-face practical classes on campus supplemented with our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

While we operate a commercial clinic, you are encouraged to find your own clients where possible to meet the specific requirements of the portfolio.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full time:1 year (August start)

Full time: 5 months (January start)

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date

January or August


The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application. If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver. If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees. Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of this course you can progress on to further and higher academic qualifications in: 

  • Integrative Healthcare 
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Sports Therapy

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates 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 age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.