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Alexander Technique Level 3 (QLS) Course

Distance Learning Course, featuring tutor support and AI assistance, available online or as a study pack option.

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Embark on a transformative learning journey with the UK’s most innovative home study provider, offering courses designed to unlock your true potential and facilitate the career change you desire. Access our distance learning courses directly from anywhere, anytime, and acquire industry-recognised Professional Qualifications essential for advancing in your career.

Specifically, explore the flexible and convenient Alexander Technique (Level 3) course, an ideal way to gain a diploma qualification. Whether you aim for further education, improved job prospects, or expanded knowledge, this comprehensive course allows you to prepare thoroughly for exams or careers through home study. Plus, it’s structured to be accessible and beneficial even if you have no prior knowledge in Alexander Technique.

The Alexander Technique stands as a beacon of holistic wellness, transcending mere posture correction to offer a profound journey of self-awareness and physical optimisation. Rooted in the understanding of human anatomy, psychology, and movement patterns, this technique empowers individuals to cultivate grace, ease, and resilience in their daily lives. Far beyond alleviating physical ailments like back pain or stress, the Alexander Technique serves as a transformative tool for musicians, athletes, expectant mothers, and anyone seeking to enhance their mind-body connection.

At its core, this course is designed to illuminate the intricate principles and practices underlying the Alexander Technique, catering both to aspiring practitioners and individuals eager to deepen their personal exploration. Through ten meticulously crafted modules, participants will traverse the realms of anatomy, psychology, movement analysis, and the art of teaching. Each module is meticulously curated to provide a seamless blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the technique’s nuances.

As students progress through the course, they will engage in practical exercises, receive personalised feedback from experienced tutors, and embark on a transformative journey towards mastery. The culmination of the course manifests in a 5000-word extended essay project, offering participants the opportunity to delve into specialised topics and showcase their newfound expertise.

With a wealth of graphical representations, instructional materials, and interactive assignments, this course offers a self-contained learning experience accessible from the comfort of one’s home. However, active participation and practical application are integral components of the journey, necessitating the availability of basic resources such as an upright chair, yoga mat, and a willing volunteer for practice sessions.

In essence, the Alexander Technique course transcends conventional boundaries to usher participants into a realm of profound self-discovery and holistic well-being. Whether aspiring to become certified practitioners or simply embarking on a personal odyssey of transformation, participants can expect to emerge with newfound insights, heightened awareness, and a toolkit of invaluable skills to enrich both their own lives and those of others.




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Open Learning College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

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1. You will receive your accreditation directly from QLS, once you have successfully completed your course (certification fees are included in the course fee).

2. You will receive the Open Pathway Accreditation Diploma (OPA.dip) from Open Learning College.

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Course Key Topics

the Alexander Technique (Level 3) course is divided into 10 modules.

Module 1: The musculoskeletal system and sensory perception
The first module will cover the musculoskeletal system and sensory perception in much detail. More importantly it will provide students with a solid anatomical and physiological basis to build on and develop throughout the course. Within this module students will look briefly at what can go wrong with above systems in terms of relevance to the Alexander Technique practitioner:

  • Bones and bone formation
  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Movement: how we move and the skeletal framework
  • Sensory perception
  • The five senses
  • How we perceive special concepts and relate this to movement.

Module 2: The evolution and relevance of the Alexander Technique
The technique has evolved over time and it is critical that students develop at least a basic understanding of how it has become what it is today. This section will go right back to its origin and explains how it has emerged through history to its present state. There will also be discussion about the relevance of the concepts within the technique and how it applies to modern life.

  • F. M. Alexander and the origins of the Alexander Technique
  • The use of the ‘self’ and taking responsibility for one’s own health and wellbeing
  • Raising awareness of the ‘self’ and re-education in order to embed new concepts and behaviour
  • Changing behaviour, reinforcement and cognitive processes including looking at psychology associated with these concepts, and how behaviour changes are facilitated and maintained relevant to the technique
  • The psychology of the ‘self’ and how concepts of change relate to it

Module 3: Inhibition, thinking and breathing
The manner in which everybody breathes can affect the posture of any individual. In order to maintain good posture, good breathing is crucial and also for self-awareness. Specific breathing techniques and patterns can be adopted to promote a cycle of non-harm to ultimately achieve that good posture that is desired and raise physical awareness.

  • Breathing, and the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and breathing process; how oxygen absorption is relevant to muscle and movement
  • Natural or unconscious inhibition
  • Conscious inhibition
  • Thinking and being
  • Tension release
  • Learning direction

Module 4: Basic movement and normal postures
We all have a range of everyday movements and postures which we engage in without thought. In this module we look at these movements and examine the rationale behind some of their applications. This section introduces students to the beginning of seeing where the Alexander Technique ‘fits’ into a ‘remedial’ cycle and also how it can be relevant to promotion of a positive process of movement and harm prevention. It will look at the following subject areas and how they can affect it:

  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Sitting
  • Various activities such as driving, reaching for things, sitting at a desk, working on a computer, carrying shopping, sitting on a sofa etc.

Module 5: Stress reduction and tension release
Stress can take many forms and can have both positive and negative effects on individuals. Many theorists have come up with ways to define what stress is and the list of events that cause it is endless. Stress is a major problem in everyday modern life and can be minor such as feeling pressure at work to actually taking time off and receiving medication.

Tense muscles can result in harmful posture and movement of the body. In order to reduce stress we first have to understand the physiology or ‘mechanics’ behind the process and then look at the adjustments and changes necessary to reduce and relive this cycle.

  • What is stress? We look at the physiology behind the stress response and the link between right and left side of the brain relevant to the Alexander Technique
  • We look at how increasing levels of stress elicits tension thus affecting movement and posture
  • We demonstrate and discuss exercises to promote self-awareness and reduce stress
  • We demonstrate and discuss the semi-supine position and how this promotes tension release and stress reduction
  • We demonstrate and discuss standing from the semi-supine position

Module 6: The delivery of the Alexander Technique: Lesson 1
This is the first of three modules where specific postures and techniques are described and discussed in much detail. Each posture and technique will be explained in full and instruction on how to convey the posture and ensure correct application will also be given to give the best results.

Students will also be given information on the teaching and lesson process from both a practitioner and client perspective in all 3 lessons. This module will contain drawings, images and graphical representations as aids to study and best enhance the students learning capabilities. You may also need to practice the postures yourself and/or engage a volunteer in order to gain more from the experience.

Module 7: The delivery of the Alexander Technique: Lesson 2
This is the second of three modules where specific postures and techniques are described and discussed, and it will follow on logically from module 6, building a comprehensive library from which the student can develop their practical skills.

Module 8: The delivery of the Alexander Technique: Lesson 3
This is the third and final module where specific postures and techniques will be described and discussed. This module will also present a ‘generic’ lesson format which is intended to give the student practitioner/teacher a working example.

Module 9: Alexander Technique applications
In this module students will look at specific applications or situational context in which the Alexander Technique may be used in isolation, or as part of a collaborative programme:

  • Sports and fitness: this may be in order to achieve better level of fitness or for amateur or professional athletes wishing to develop correct posture and movement skills relevant to sports performance
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Performers such as musicians and singers: here, for example the correct posture and breathing can prevent injury and pain, in addition to which will be a positive tool to enhance performance
  • Health care workers: here for example, correct posture will help prevention of injuries due to lifting etc.
  • Individuals with musculoskeletal conditions: management of painful conditions, pain management and improved function
  • Other relevant applications

Module 10: Practitioner responsibilities
In the last module, students deals with when working with the general public. In any context, it is important that you have knowledge of specific legislation and frameworks relevant to practitioner responsibility, public liability and therapeutic environments to ensure the safety of all parties involved with the technique. This module seeks to address some of these issues, giving the student practitioner the basic knowledge of how to set up an Alexander Technique practice.

  • Ethical considerations such as data protection, issues of confidentiality etc.
  • Professional codes of conduct
  • Professional bodies and affiliation
  • Training and professional development Business considerations such as public liability, premises legislation, record keeping and documentation, fees and client contracts etc
    What Will You Learn?
    • In the Alexander Technique course, participants will embark on a comprehensive journey of self-discovery and physical transformation.

Who is this course for?

Target Audience

  • The target audience for the Alexander Technique (Level 3) course is diverse, encompassing individuals from various backgrounds who share a common desire to enhance their physical and mental well-being.
  • Health professionals, including physiotherapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, can benefit from gaining a deeper understanding of posture, movement, and stress reduction techniques to complement their existing practices.
  • Musicians, dancers, and athletes seeking to optimise their performance and prevent injuries will find invaluable insights into body awareness and tension release.
  • Additionally, expectant mothers can explore the technique's applications in pregnancy and childbirth, while individuals with musculoskeletal conditions can discover effective pain management strategies.
  • Whether aspiring practitioners or individuals on a personal journey of self-discovery, the Alexander Technique course offers a holistic approach to health and wellness suitable for anyone eager to cultivate grace, ease, and resilience in their daily lives.


  • The good news is that no prior learning knowledge or experience is essential to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone wishing to learn more about Alexander Technique (Level 3) and would like to take part in a highly rewarding distance learning study course.
  • We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to expand their knowledge and study further, so we try to keep our entry requirements to a minimum.
  • You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 12 months from initial registration with full tutor support.

Career path

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