• Code: HG (Year One); HY (Year Two)
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Certification: ITEC DIPLOMAS/Certificates LEVEL 5 EQUIVALENCE ON THE QQI IN 
    • Reflexology (100/2402/5)
    • Holistic Massage (100/2404/9)
    • Aromatherapy (100/2403/7)
    • Indian Head Massage (100/2572/8)
    • On Site Massage (100/2442/6)
    • Stone Therapy Massage (100/5213/6)
  • QQI Level 5 components inWorkExperience(5N1356)
    • Nutrition (5N2006)
  • BIFE Certificates in:Hopi Ear Candling
    • Holistic Facial Massage
    • Pregnancy Massage
    • Deep Tissue Massage
    • REIKI 1
    • REIKI 2

Description

This two-year Diploma course is designed to give people an insight into the area of Holistic Health. Learner's gain an awareness and understanding into the Holistic approach and upon successful completion, are awarded ITEC internationally recognised qualification in a wide range of holistic therapies.  It provides the highest level of training to facilitate learners to pursue a professional career in a variety of settings both at home and abroad.  Work experience enables practical hands-on experience which is invaluable for career prospects. 

Programme of Study

Year 1:

  • Diploma in Holistic Massage
  • Diploma in Reflexology
  • Certificate in Onsite Massage
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
  • Nutrition


Year 2:

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy
  • Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage
  • Work Experience
  • Hopi Ear Candling
  • Holistic Facial Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage
  • Reiki 1 & 2

     Places in Therapy classes subject to availability
     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants with no formal qualifications


Places are offered following successful interview. Learners must source their own work experience.

Career Opportunities


Holistic Therapist in a variety of settings:

  • Hotel Spa/Health-farm
  • Leisure Centre
  • Resource Centre
  • Support Group within the community 
  • Self employed
  • Cruise Liners
Course Co-Ordinator

Sandra Kelly

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

Having taken a career break following the birth of my son, I decided to return to study as a mature student. I have always wanted to work for myself and felt that Holistic and Wellness Studies at BIFE would equip me with the skills necessary to start up my own business. Despite having little prior knowledge of Holistic therapy I loved the course. The reflexology and aromatherapy modules were particular favourites of mine. The course can be challenging at times but is very rewarding and the head of the course bends over backwards to support her students. As students model for each other you spend a lot of time receiving treatments which is something I greatly miss now that we’re finished. I used my work experience module as an opportunity to set up a therapy room in my gym and I continue to work there now. The opportunities for continued learning in the wellness arena are vast but I intend to expand my knowledge of aromatherapy with a view to making bespoke cosmetics for my clients.- Caroline Murphy

My time at BIFE gave me a solid foundation to go forward and open my own holistic practice. The course was very thorough with a large range of treatments taught with a solid understanding of anatomy and physiology which is a vital component in the field of bodywork. It has given me a high standard of professionalism and duty of care to my clients. It also gave me the opportunity to mix with like minded classmates and given me some cherished friendships. - Cathy Prunty

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As a mature student returning to education and taking on a 2 year Holistic and Wellbeing Studies Diploma, I found the course very fulfilling and rewarding.  The teaching skills I received were to the highest level both theoretical and practical for this internationally recognised qualification. My qualification enabled me to progress on to a B.Sc. Degree in Physical Therapy.  The class structure worked very well with a healthy balance of age cohorts, which allowed life learning experiences to be exchanged.  The support of the teachers and guidance I received during my course, gave me the confidence and skill to continue my life learning path.  I received student of the year and this was a very proud moment for me.  I owe a big thank you to my wonderful teachers for allowing me to grow and achieve my goals in my time at BIFE. - Geraldine Nicholson

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