- Confused about which course?
- What do all these different levels mean - Level 3, Level 5 ?
- Why choose Anahata School?
- What is a Clinical Reflexologist, aren't all Reflexologists the same?
- What entry qualifications do I need?
- What days are the training sessions on?
- How long does the course last?
- What happens if I can't get to all the training dates?
- What qualification will I get?
- Don't I have to do an introductory course first?
- Are there any extra costs incurred on top of the basic course fees?
- Can I pay by interest free instalments?
- Can I get a Student Loan for this course?
- How do I book onto the Course?
Confused about which course?There are many courses and organisations, all offering different qualifications and styles of training - this can be very confusing when trying to choose the right Reflexology course for you.
Firstly, ensure that you don't enrol on a distance learning or correspondence course - none of the membership organisations listed on this website will accept these kind of courses.
Secondly, please be aware that there is a huge variety of standards in the Level 3 training market (this is why we don't teach it). There are many "Level 3" courses out there which have not been given a recognised Level 3 status. You can train on a "Level 3" course that lasts for just 6 half-day lessons! You can find a good Level 3 course (properly accredited by an awarding body such as City & Guilds, VCTC etc) which will teach you over a full year, and taught by an experienced reflexologist. However, many of the "Level 3" courses now seem to be a combination of distance learning and 5 or 6 days learning practical Reflexology in class. We really don't think you can learn to be a proper clinical Reflexologist after just 5 or 6 days training! Reflexology is a powerful therapy and needs to be learned thoroughly.
There are also courses offering a Diploma or a Certificate, showing no level, so always wise to check who the Awarding body is and if there is external verification to ensure standards are maintained.
Anahata College only offers the best in Reflexology training. We are a partnership centre with Centralia, so we can offer the Agored Level 5 Diploma course (Agored is an awarding body recognised by OFQUAL the regulator for qualifications, examinations and assessments for the UK). This is the highest level of Reflexology training you can undertake in the UK.
Also find out if the course is delivered entirely by the school/college you are thinking of training with. Some training establishments will 'farm out' part of their training (particularly Anatomy and Physiology) to online training providers - you may then not get the necessary teaching support for this element of the course. Anahata College trains all their learners for 100% of the course, giving dedicated contact teaching.
Finally, if the course provider describes their course as "Level 5 equivalent" (or anything else that sounds like "equivalent"), it will be nothing of the sort. A Level 5 course is either just that, or nothing at all. The same applies to a Level 3 "equivalent" or a "Level 4" equivalent. I think it wise to point out that you will get what you pay for.
There are no other Reflexology courses that are officially recognised as a Level 5 Diploma, apart from Centralia's in the UK, and there is no Reflexology course that is currently higher than this level. (You can get a degree in Complementary Therapies [Level 7], but the university will use an awarding body for each of the component therapies on the course).
What do all these different levels mean - Level 3, Level 5?
Agored Cymru has a diagram on the website which identifies Level 5 as a Foundation Degree. This leveling chart is representative for all qualifications in England, Northern Ireland (QCF) and Wales (CQFW) . (Please note the leveling grades are different in Scotland [a Level 8 in Scotland is the same as a Level 5 in England and Wales]).
Why choose Anahata College?At Anahata we pride ourselves on having experienced, friendly, supportive, helpful, knowledgeable and flexible tutors to help you learn. I am a practicing reflexologist with a wealth of experience behind me - and great enthusiasm for this therapy! I have a assistant tutor, who is also a practicing reflexologist. I feel this is a very important advantage for the students as they are also learning from my/our experience as well as textbooks etc..
As well as our knowledge, we also infuse our students with enthusiasm and wonder at not just this wonderful therapy but also the magic of the physical body and its workings! Anahata operates a 'lifetime support' system for all graduates.
Our TutorsGlenys Underwood FMAR, MICHT, ATLM (Principal and Lead Tutor) is a qualified teacher and has been working as a reflexologist for 18 years, specialising in Maternity Reflexology. Glenys is also a Fellow of the Association of Reflexologists and a Member of the College of Medicine and is passionate about the role of reflexology in healthcare, physical and emotional.
What is a Clinical Reflexologist, aren't all Reflexologists the same?A Clinical Reflexologist is someone who has been trained to the highest standards and can create a treatment protocol for many different conditions. Unfortunately, there are too many people who have taken a short course (sometimes as short as just 2 days!) and call themselves Reflexologists. As these courses are so short, they cannot possibly equip a therapist to competently treat conditions.
What entry qualifications do I need?To succeed on this course, it is more about enthusiasm, determination and hard work (since the course is intensive), rather than previous qualifications.. You certainly don't need to have studied previously at Further or Higher Education level to successfully qualify on this course.
What days are the training sessions on?Our training days are at the weekend to enable students to still keep a job, and then train at weekends. For those with children, this also helps with childcare. We meet for one weekend a month.
How long does the course last?Our courses run for 18 months with a total of 12 classes. Allowance is given at the end of that time for completion of case studies prior to qualifying. However, some students prefer to extend their period of study to suit their learning speed or their needs – life can get in the way sometimes! There are three years from start date of course in which to qualify.
What happens if I can't get to all the training dates?100% attendance is normally required for the duration of the course. However, we do understand that life is full of unexpected events. Therefore, the course is designed so that students can catch up with any class missed, usually via a tutorial with Glenys.
What qualification will I get?You will qualify with Agored's fully regulated and accredited Level 5 Diploma in Reflexology, and Level 4 in Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology. You will also get a Level 4 in Business Skills for Reflexologists. These Units can be used not only to become a professional Reflexologist, but also as 'accredited prior learning' towards a degree in health sciences.
As a Full Member of the Association of Reflexologists (after qualification) you will qualify for entry to the CNHC (if you wish) and may also be eligible to be paid by some private healthcare companies as a fully qualified therapist.
Don't I have to do an introductory course first?No - many Further Education colleges will tell you that you need to do an entry-level Reflexology course first (such as a Level 3 diploma) - this is completely unnecessary.
Are there any extra costs incurred on top of the basic course fees?With the exception of the items listed below, everything you need to pass the course is included in the total cost, including student insurance, assessment fees and ALL teaching materials.
The following items are not included in the cost of the course:
• Lafuma recliner chair (optional, but recommended)
• Uniform top (not needed until the third lesson)
• Student membership/insurance to AoR is paid by the College.
• Any towels, pillows, or other consumables you are wanting to use