Frequently Asked Questions 2019-03-26T16:43:12+01:00

Diploma Courses

Will I get a professional qualification at the end of the course?
Yes, VTCT offers internationally recognised diplomas. Their diplomas are valued by employers.
Will I get insurance when I have finished the course?
Yes, all the insurers who cover holistic treatments will give insurance for VTCT courses
How long are the diploma courses?
Diploma courses last 6 months. They start in September or October and again in March or April
Do I have to take anatomy & physiology?
Unless you have a VTCT or ITEC level 3 diploma in anatomy & physiology you will need to take this module. Students who have a level 2 diploma in anatomy & physiology can opt to study at home with the support of a tutor and take the exam for the reduced fee of €250
How many people are in a class?
The maximum number of students in 8. This allows the group to gel and ensures each students gets the individual attention they need.
What does assessment mean?
We have ongoing assessment which means students complete portfolios and assignments throughout the course. While there are written exams at the end of the courses this is only a part of the course requirements so less stressful than a final exam. Also students can repeat the written exams as necessary
Is there a practical exam?
No. We run student clinics for groups of up to 6 students. Over a number of weeks, each student must complete 3 treatments to professional standard for paying clients. The tutors observe and give individual feedback. Where a student fails to reach professional standard in any assessment s/he is told clearly where improvement needs to be made and can come to the nex t clinic.
Why do you run assessment based courses instead of exam based?
We find this method really gives students confidence as by the time they finish the course they are used to working with clients they don’t know. Also it is a lot less stressful than an exam where an unknown examiner determines your grade and very little feedback is given. Our students are all work ready rather than exam ready at the end of the course.

Certificate Courses

Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, you will get an inhouse certificate.
Will I get insurance when I have finished the course?
Provided you are a qualified therapist holding an anatomy & physiology qualification you will get insurance for a certificate course.
How long are the certificate courses?
They usually run over 2 days but many are also offered over 4 mornings
How many people are in a class?
The maximum number of students in 8. This allows the group to gel and ensures each students gets the individual attention they need.
Is there a practical exam?
No. You will need to satisfy the tutor that you are competent

Finances

Are there grants or subsidies available?

There are grants available, generally for unemployed students from FAS, the Department of Social Protection and the Local Employment Services. These are decided on a case by case basis and the maximum is usually €500. To apply you will need confirmation that the college is recognised as a VTCT college and approved ro offer the course. Essentials will be happy to provide this information and any other assistance you require, just Contact Us.
Essentials offers a reduction of €50 on certificate courses and reductions of between €100 and €250 on diploma courses for unemployed students and those in difficult circumstances . This will be in addition to any grants received from the State bodies.
Our returning students will enjoy similar discounts.
Can I pay in installments?
Yes the diploma courses are all payable in 7 installments, a deposit and 6 monthly installments.