Ref: C3672503

During this course you will learn how Essential Oils work to improve your health and well-being. Aromatherapy has many applications and can be used to address such things as: Skin Conditions, Aches and Pains, Beauty Issues, Appetite Problems, Household Cleaning Solutions, Massage Therapies etc You'll discover how the different Oils are gathered from their plant sources and which are the best oils to use for specific conditions. You will find that Essential Oils can be derived from plants, herbs, shrubs and trees and that they all have 'Top, Middle or Base' notes and where each Oil sits in this Spectrum. As well as learning a little about the Science behind Aromatherapy, you will also learn some of the History associated with it, and where and when the discipline first began to be in common use. You will discover that as well as having many. many practical uses, Aromatherapy can also be an extremely pleasurable way to stimulate or soothe the mind, body and spirit.

Course aim

To give the learners a basic knowledge of the benefits of Aromatherapy. How to use it to enhance their own and their families lives and improve their health and general well-being.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Have a basic knowledge about the properties of 12 essential oils
  • Identify which oils to use for certain conditions and which ones to definitely avoid
  • Identify which is the most suitable way to administer an Aromatherapy treatment: by compress, massage, bathing or direct inhalation etc.
  • Enhance and alter the moods and emotions by choosing specific essential oils
  • Identify specific oils to choose for simple conditions e.g. allergies, colds, aches and pains etc.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • It is usual that a couple of weeks into the course Learners wish to start using Oils and making blends at home. Whilst this is certainly not compulsory it is supported by the tutor and correct information is provided on how to do so.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • During the sessions every learner will get the opportunity to create a specific blend to address their needs. This will be done with guidance from the Tutor, but will be the work and ideas of the Learner - upon which feedback will be given

What else do I need to know?

  • All materials will be provided
  • All learning materials and hand outs will be provided but you will find it very useful to bring an empty File Folder with you as the weekly hand outs build into a handy, easy reference guide for you, and some scrap paper, a pen, and/or a notebook.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • A general interest in Health and Well-Being would be useful, but not essential for this course.

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

Download full course outline

Aromatherapy Course Outline


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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