Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science Diploma

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    **This course has an interview and selection process and therefore cannot be purchased online. Applications for our March 2021 intake are now open.** 

    We interview for this course to make sure that you have as much information as possible before embarking on this wonderful journey. This will give you the chance to ask any questions and meet our Principal Tutor, Victoria Plum, who has over 20 years of professional experience in the field. To attend an interview please download and fill in an application form and e-mail it to

    Please email us if you would like to receive a course Info Pack

    18-month course, next available intake starting March 2021

    Aromatherapy is one of the most popular and accessible forms of natural medicine, so it's not surprising that many people choose to train as an aromatherapist to enjoy a more satisfying and flexible career. The Neal's Yard Remedies Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science Diploma course is one of the most comprehensive professional aromatherapy courses available. Accredited by the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) it will provide you with a strong basis for a career as a professional aromatherapist. We've trained over 300 professional aromatherapists over the years, many of whom go on to practice in the Neal's Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms across the UK, a wonderfully supportive environment to begin a new career and become part of the Neal's Yard Remedies family.

    This diploma course has been designed to give you all the skills - theoretical, practical and business - to become a professional aromatherapist. In addition to the study of essential oils, anatomy & physiology, and massage, modules on therapeutic relationship, practice management and essential oil science are also studied. We consider these extra modules essential to becoming a successful holistic therapist. Click here to view the course syllabus. (Please note - the course start date has been delayed to March 2021 and we will be releasing the new syllabus in due course).

    Field Trips form a key part of this course. Over the duration of the course, students visit Kew Botanical Gardens, The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, as well as participating in a residential trip in the summer to one of the country's leading Essential Oil Farms and research centres during the lavender harvest.

    The course is classroom based in our School of Natural Health, Covent Garden, which will give you great access to our flagship store. As a Diploma student you will receive 20% discount on all Neal's Yard Remedies products and 40% discount on essential oils and carrier oils in our Covent Garden store for the duration of the course.

    Our tutors are experts in their field and provide you with the most up to date research and information. For more details on our tutors please visit our 'Meet the Tutors' page.


    Length: 18 months
    Course start date: March 2021
    Location: Neal's Yard Remedies School of Natural Health in Covent Garden
    Cost: £4800 - fee can be paid in full or with a deposit and 4 equal instalments (5% discount if paid in full at start of course)
    Entry requirements: Open to all - no prior experience necessary. All applicants will be required to go through our interview and selection process
    Benefits: Each student will receive a Neal's Yard Remedies Privilege Card entitling them to a 20% discount on NYR products and 40% discount on essential oils in our Covent Garden store for the duration of the course.
    Further Information: Please call 020 3119 5904 or email

    To ensure the highest level of training, practice and learning opportunities, this courses incorporates 273 hours (39) days) of teaching with 500 hours of home study. This translates to approximately 8-10 hours a week over 18 months.

    The course is held in our purpose built studio in the calm oasis of Neal's Yard in Covent Garden, where the company began over 30 years ago, a wonderful central London location giving great access to our flagship store. The attendance for this course is one weekend a month with the occasional Friday.

    Please note that this course is very popular so submit your application form in plenty of time.


    Student Testimonial

    "This course has enriched my life in so many ways and I feel lucky to have found my true calling whilst gaining the professional grounding needed to help and empower others through aromatherapy.

    I chose to study on this course because of its reputation and core of inspiring and nurturing tutors who allowed me to realise my potential.

    I am amazed at how much I learnt, my confidence blossomed and I now feel well equipped to start building my own aromatherapy business.

    It was a truly immersive journey and demanded a lot of focus but the blend of interesting classes and trips made this achievable and exciting, in a space to be heard and develop as individuals.

    Meeting like-minded people and making new friends was a wonderful bonus and added a great sense of warmth and comradery.

    I would 100% recommend this course for an ultimately fulfilling experience."

    - Lydia Kaye, September 2015 intake