The S.E.E.D. Institute UK

Welcome to Aromatherapy, Ayurveda, Diploma & Post-graduate/CPD Training

Accredited School

Diploma in Clinical Aromatherapy

The S.E.E.D. Institute (TSI) is a Holistic Training School that has been training Clinical Aromatherapists for over 30 years.

TSI is registered with the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) and, as such, trains Students to International Standards.

Our level 4/5 Diploma Course offers flexible training via combined in-house & distance-learning modules. The 2 In-house modules to attend are UK based, whereas the Distance-learning modules can be studied from the comfort of your own home anywhere in the world.

Training in Professional Clinical Aromatherapy (level 4/5) must take at least 9 months to complete.

On completion of the Course, qualifying students will be eligible to join the IFPA as a Full Member.

Course Content

It is our experience that students require a flexible approach to training, so we have formulated a modular Course that is a combination of distance-learning and In-house (classroom based) teaching:

Students are required to attend a five-day in-house (AR102) Aromatherapy Practical Module and a seven-day in-house (AR101) Aromatherapy Massage Module to include all the practical elements of the course.

Our 'in-house' training venues are in Ash, Surrey (40 miles south of London) and Stour Row, Shaftesbury, Dorset.

Please note: exemptions are available for the Aromatherapy Massage Module for those who already have a recognised massage qualification.

The 4 x (AR-DL) distance-learning elements are in separate modules with full 'on-line' and telephone support from a dedicated Tutor.

Students must take both a Theory and a Practical Examination.

Please note: Students who do not want to perform massage may still obtain a Clinical Aromatherapy (without massage) Diploma and be eligible to join the IFPA as a full member. Such Students would not be required to attend the Practical Examination and can add the massage element at a future date should they wish to by attending our Massage Qualification Course.

The maximum period within which the course must be completed is 3 years (unless there are exceptional circumstances), although completion is recommended within 2 years.

The 4 x DL modules and the 5 day In-house Aromatherapy Practical Module must be completed before taking the theoretical examination.

Application Requirements

The minimum age for students is 18 years. There is no maximum age. Applicants will be selected on merit, with emphasis on caring disposition, general aptitude and maturity.

It is a requirement that Students are covered for any claims made personally against them. Students can take advantage of the student premium with Balens Insurance, which was arranged specifically for this purpose.

Students are required to show an accepted qualification in Anatomy & Physiology (e.g. ITEC or VTCT) before sitting the examinations. Students must also show a current First Aid Certificate before their Diploma can be issued. Students can obtain these qualifications elsewhere but may also obtain them from The S.E.E.D. Institute:

Please contact our Head Office on +44(0)1963 362048 or +44(0)7761 185630 if you wish to discuss any of the course requirements.

Qualification and Accreditation Level

Presently, the minimum level of training is the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Aromatherapy, originally drawn up in consultation with the Aromatherapy Council and Aromatherapists throughout the country and refined by the Skills for Health Team.

IFPA accredited schools teach to the IFPA syllabus which has been developed at Level 4/5 of the Qualification and Curriculum Authority (QCA) (NOS being at level 3).

Currently the IFPA Course Qualification is equivalent to NVQ Level 4/5 in terms of descriptors and outcomes. The outcomes on an IFPA accredited course are equivalent to levels 4/5 within a Higher Education Programme for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) purposes.

For further information about IFPA Education and Training Standards, Code of Practice and Ethics please visit the IFPA Website.


Distance-learning modules (4) - £350 per module (discount of £150 if all 4 bought together)

Aromatherapy Massage - £770 (exemptions apply)

Aromatherapy Practical - £575

Practical Examination - £160

Theory Examination - £100

Each year the IFPA offers three small bursaries to students in need of financial help. Please contact them for details.


"Working through the modules, I have surprised myself with the development of knowledge and the satisfying feeling of achievement. Support documentation for each module gave it a completeness, just spot on!"

"Module one has been a very good, in-depth introduction - it actually contained more than I thought it would. It was very good and has satisfied me enormously and opened all kinds of new horizons".

"Excellent course-work hand-outs, easily understood, even for a mature person returning to work".

"The Tutor was fantastic. Great listener, incredibly knowledgeable on a great range of health and emotional issues and of course, Aromatherapy. Interested and interesting - well balanced theory and practical. Covered a huge amount in just enough detail. Able to learn a lot in a very enjoyable, fun, engaging and interactive way. Loved making the different potions and combining the different smells".

"The Tutor managed to combine professionalism with a sense of humour - creating a very relaxed atmosphere".

"I am very happy with the way the Course was conducted - with the teaching, support, environment, Course-notes etc. It has been a very enlightening and enriching experience".

"Very interesting and informative Course with a good level of support and guidance".

"The Tutor was amazing - I think she is the best I've ever had".

"I enjoyed myself immensely and was made to feel relaxed, welcome, 'at home'. I am aware of the Tutors knowledge and intuitive abilities. I liked the combination of two different approaches in the morning and in the afternoon".

"Thought I must write and let you know my progress as an Aromatherapist (2 years). As you may remember I always wanted to spend time working with cancer patients and the terminally ill. Well, I've incorporated Aromatherapy into my Nursing as much as possible, but it's been very inadequate and quite frustrating at times. However, it's been worth it since the hospice has asked me to do an extra day as an Aromatherapist and I shall be paid, and not just that, I am running workshops on basic hand and foot massage and am being referred to as the Aromatherapist Co-ordinator! I shall prescribe blends and those who can do the hand/foot massage can use the specific blend on the patient. I'm also setting up policies and guidelines in conjunction with another therapist who works at the hospice. So it's all happening!"

"You may be interested to know that since I graduated from your course I have gone on to become a qualified reflexologist and also a healer with the NFSH. Thank you so much for that wonderful introduction to complementary therapies and the appetite you gave me for learning more to enable me to help others."

"I have had some good news, I have just been offered the post of Complementary Therapy Coordinator with my local Cancer Hospice. My Aromatherapy Diploma and the knowledge gained from the programme of study definitely contributed to the success of my application. So thank you for your help and guidance".

"I can honestly say that the day I started my studies with the SEED Institute in 2005 was the day my life started to radically changed for the better. I am now and have been for the past five years earning a good living by doing a job I love and helping people to better health and, I hope, happiness".

"I picked this course because of being able to do the majority of the work via distance-learning, as I was able to fit study in around childcare and other commitments: this worked really well for me, and I was able to go at a pace that suited me. I also liked the way this enabled me to learn - through my own research during the assignments, rather than through lectures or just learning course notes. I found that I retained far more knowledge this way than through previous more traditional courses I have done. The structure of the course was well planned and certain topics were referred back to for reinforcement, such as the chemistry of the essential oils, which was really helpful. The theory was far-ranging in topics, and a lot of different areas were covered to just the right level of complexity, so that I felt that I learnt a huge amount, but it was never overwhelming. Assignments were always marked quickly and any feedback was really useful. It was great having Alison there to check whenever I was unsure about something, and she always responded quickly to any queries I had. It was a really enjoyable experience from start to finish, challenging and always interesting, and I have certainly learnt a huge amount which I'm looking forward to putting into practice. Thank you!"