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HND Complementary Therapies

HND Complementary Therapies

Higher National Qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical knowledge that meet the needs of employers.

The HND in Complementary Therapies (SCQF level 8) develops knowledge and skills in professional issues together with massage, aromatherapy and reflexology. It provides the underpinning knowledge and skills to work as a complementary therapist in the public, private and charitable sectors.

This qualification is available through colleges, training providers and some universities. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.

How to assess

Each unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment for the unit.

Assessment support packs are available for this qualification.

Deliver this qualification

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQAs Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQAs general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

Where can you take this course?

Centre Support

Internal Assessment Reports

Qualification Verification Summary Reports were formerly known as Internal Assessment Reports.

Why study this qualification

The HND Complementary Therapies is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre. Examples of formal entry qualifications include:

  • appropriate groupings of National Units
  • any two relevant National Courses at SCQF level 6 (Higher) together with three relevant subjects at National 5.
  • an SVQ at SCQF levels 5 7 in a relevant area
  • relevant work experience

Different combinations of relevant National Qualifications, vocational qualifications and equivalent qualifications from other awarding bodies may also be acceptable.

Employment and progression

Learners who achieve an HND Complementary Therapies could progress to a BSc(Hons) Integrative Health Care.