You should only request this when you have completed and understood all your course material fully and have prepared your case studies. Once you have requested your exam paper you will need to submit this back within 7 days. Please read this page fully to get yourself ready for your exam.
How many questions will I need to answer on my exam paper?
You will have approx anywhere between 24 and 40 questions to answer. You will find if you have studied your course work thoroughly that you should have no problem with your answers. The majority of our courses offer a learning review after each module. If you have answered these correctly as you have been studying then you should find the exam paper quite straight forward. Your questions will make up to 70% of your total and your case study 30%. You will need a total of 80% to qualify.
Do I need to complete a case study?
Yes - If you would like to receive your qualification then you will need to complete an exam paper. It is recommended that you undertake a minimum of 5 case studies, but only one maybe required to submit depending on the course taken. Case studies are an important part of your training and it is recommended that you practice on family and friends as much as possible whilst learning. You should have completed a minimum of 5 case studies that you feel confident with before working with members of the public and requesting your exam paper. (you will however only need to submit a maximum of 2 of these)
Purpose of Case Studies
The purpose of a case study is to walk the examiner through a situation where a problem is presented, background information of the client is provided and a description of the solution you have offered, along with how it was derived. This is the same whether you are completing a massage treatment - a coaching session or even a tarot reading.
By completing a case study this will show the examiner that you have read and understood your course material and are able to show that you have applied the learning theory to a real client and can work unsupervised.
How do I write up a case study?
To see examples of case studies please use the menu above and click on the subject you are studying. You will then find links to some relevant case studies. Please be aware that case studies need planning so we do not recommend you request your exam paper until you have already completed some case studies and have one already prepared. A rushed or poorly put together case study will be noticed and can result in a fail. (please do not worry about grammar or spelling errors too much as the examiner is not judging you on your written language skills) Feedback from Client - This should always be included and After Care Advise where necessary. Failure to submit these may mean marks deducted. Read Tips on How to Write a Case Study.
How long should my case study be?
At least one of your case studies should be a minimum of 1000 words if submitting more than one. If you are studying an advanced level course then you will need to submit two case studies.
What if I fail my case study?
If for any reason the examiner does not think you have supplied sufficient evidence of offering a competent case study then you will be notified of this and will be advised accordingly.You will be asked to re-evaluate your course work and submit a new exam paper. You may request a repeat exam up to 3 times without charge. Should you still not have passed your exam after submitting your paper 2 times you will be charged a £25 fee for any further exam requests. However if you complete your course work and use our helpful advise and tools in the student library we see no reason why you should fail.
What if I am unable to find anyone to do a case study on?
Sometimes you may find it difficult to find someone to carry an actual case study on especially if friends and family are not willing. As this is such an important part of the exam we recommend you put a local advert out asking for volunteers. You will be surprised at how many people love the opportunity of trying out a new therapy for free.
When you are ready to take your exam simply email your provider and state the name of the exam being requested in the subject line. For example Basic aromatherapy exam request.
When will I receive my exam results? Your exam is marked by a real person and not an automated service, therefore we ask you to allow between 7 - 10 days. You will receive confirmation that your exam paper has been received within 24hrs of submission. If you do not receive notification of receipt within 48hr please contact us. Your exam paper is personally marked by our examiner and your certificate will show this. Ok I am ready to take my exam now, how do I request my exam paper? -Follow the advise on your Important Info Paper to gain immediate download or alternatively you can request this from the our website. Simply go to the course page and select exam tab. You can then request this from there and it will be sent to you within 24hrs. Remember once requested you will only have 7 days in which to submit your paper so please do not request this until you have completed your course and case studies.
Important things to check before submitting your exam paper - Your paper will be returned if not fully completed
Check you have completed your full name (as to be shown on your certificate)
The email address you want your qualification to be emailed to
Type in the Month and year of purchase (your course work is valid for 2 years from the date of purchase) exams submitted after this period without pre-approval may incur a charge. Please ask if you are not sure.
Your Case study needs to be copied and pasted or typed into the exam paper - do not send separate
Do not upload as a PDF - it will be returned - save and upload as a word document
Case studies - Ensure minimum of 1000 words - document client feedback - report any follow up treatment where applicable
Complete the attached survey
return back within 7 days as per exam instructions - If for any reason this is not possible please email to advise.