Crossfields Institute is an awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual (the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation). Ofqual is the regulator of qualifications and examinations in England and therefore of awarding organisations in England. Crossfields Institute is a charity working to promote holistic, integrative education and the awarding organisation develops specialist qualifications using subject expertise from vision-based organisations, centres and colleges in the UK and overseas. Crossfields Institute Group also contains Crossfields Learning which offers higher education programmes, Crossfields Institute accredited programmes and short courses, and Crossfields Europa which provides consultancy and coaching services and education programmes in Denmark.
Our approval as an awarding organisation means that we can develop regulated qualifications at different levels in the following subject areas:
As an awarding organisation, we work particularly with those that are innovating in these sectors. Crossfields Institute qualifications are designed to cultivate attributes such as independent thinking, curiosity, resilience and social awareness alongside academic knowledge. Our holistic approach to education aims to encourage cognitive, practical, emotional and spiritual development, supporting learners to reach their full potential and become active citizens.
We work with education providers in England and overseas to develop qualifications that suit their needs or embed their particular method or approach into a robust qualification. We also work with forward thinking employers to develop specific qualifications to support them in building their vision or method and developing in-service capacity.
We offer three different levels of accreditation or validation depending on your requirements:
Benefits of Accreditation
An accredited qualification or programme enhances the reputation of your education or training programme. It gives learners, the public and employers confidence in the quality of the education and achievement. In addition to this, it can promote your organisation’s method and vision to a wider audience, and demonstrate a commitment to succession building within your organisation. It can also give learners the recognition and confidence they need to enrol on the course.
If you are interested in developing a new qualification or delivering an existing Crossfields Institute qualification, please contact the awarding team: email@example.com or call 01453 808118.
To find out more about what an awarding organisation is, please read What is an English Awarding Organisation?
Ofqual regulated qualifications are internationally recognised qualifications that have been submitted to the regulator, Ofqual, and are delivered to learners in England and elsewhere in the world. An Ofqual regulated qualification will be on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Our regulated qualifications are delivered through our network of approved centres. Please click on each link below for more information. Learner registration and centre fees for our qualifications can be seen here.
Health and Social Care
Child Development and Wellbeing
Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry
Foundations for Learning and Life
Teaching and Learning
Customised (sometimes called Self-regulated) qualifications are mainly developed and delivered with organisations and training providers who operate outside the UK, or are in sectors for which we are not regulated by Ofqual. Customised qualifications are developed and delivered to the same rigorous standards as regulated qualifications but are not regulated by Ofqual.
Level 5 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle: Evaluating their Role in Chronic Disease Development
Delivered by the Institute of Health Sciences in Ireland, this qualification critically evaluates different theories and approaches and explores how and why nutrition and lifestyle choices influence the development of chronic disease, with a particular emphasis on the Functional Medicine approach. It uses a blended learning approach and is a total of 525 hours. For further information on the programme, entry requirements and how to apply please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Level 6 Diploma in Personalised Nutrition and Therapeutics
Delivered by the Institute of Health Sciences in Ireland. This qualification is designed for people who wish to qualify as a Nutritional Therapist. It is also available to other healthcare professionals wanting to gain an understanding of the Functional Medicine approach to managing chronic disease and apply the principles of Personalised Nutrition. It will also appeal to healthcare professionals wishing to obtain an understanding of the potential role, and also limitations, of nutrition and lifestyle interventions in chronic disease management. It uses a blended learning approach. The total qualification time is 745 hours. For further information on the programme, entry requirements and how to apply please contact: email@example.com
Level 6 Diploma in Nutritional Therapy
Delivered by the Institute of Health Sciences in Ireland, this qualification combines the content of the Level 5 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle: Evaluating their Role in Chronic Disease Development and the Level 6 Diploma in Personalised Nutrition and Therapeutics to provide a complete qualification pathway for those who wish to qualify as Nutritional Therapists. The mandatory units cover a full curriculum, with optional practical units for those who wish to be licensed to practice as Nutritional Therapists. It uses a blended learning approach and is a total of 1005 hours for the mandatory units and 1270 hours when including the optional practical units. For further information on the programme, entry requirements and how to apply please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diploma in Nutritional Science and Therapeutics
Delivered by the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health this qualification aims to equip learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become Nutritional Therapists. The qualification is mapped to the Core Curriculum for Nutritional Therapy as developed by the Nutritional Therapy Education Commission (NTEC). It is a total of 1650 hours. For further information on the programme, entry requirements and how to apply please contact: email@example.com
Level 5 Diploma in Eurythmy Education & Level 6 Diploma in Eurythmy as a Performing Art
Delivered at Eurythmy West Midlands these 2 diplomas offer a thorough education in Eurythmy, a movement form developed initially by Rudolf Steiner. These courses gives the learner a foundation to go on to teach public classes and participate in performing work. For further information on the programme, entry requirements and how to apply please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Quality Mark and CPD
The Crossfields Institute Quality Mark is a quality benchmark for organisations who want the benefits and recognition of certification by a UK-based awarding body, but do not need a regulated or customised qualification. Quality Mark programmes can be designed to meet the needs of individual orgnaisations.
A Crossfields Institute Quality Mark means that a programme and centre is endorsed by Crossfields Institute. We will develop the Quality Mark with an approved centre and then monitor and review its delivery to learners. A Quality Mark can be entirely flexible with regard to process and structure and is built around the specific needs of the provider.
Additional certification options
In some cases we issue Certificates of Completion, or Certificates of Participation, subject to a programme meeting agreed standards.
Quality Mark Programmes
Certificates of participation
Introduction to a Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying & Diploma in the Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying
Delivered by Living Well Dying Well in East Sussex. These Quality Mark programmes introduce learners to the Living Well Dying Well Person-Centred Approach to Death and Dying. The Introduction programme is not assessed, but learners wishing to progress onto the Diploma must successfully complete an assessed assignment following completion of the programme. The aim of the Introduction and Diploma is to help learners develop practical skills and knowledge to be able to support individuals at end of life and their families within a person-centred approach.
These programmes are not end of life care programmes, but rather for those who are walking alongside the family, carers, professionals and others.
Rhythmical Einreibung Foundation Course
Rhythmical Einreibung is a method of gentle, therapeutic touch that focusses and strengthens the patient’s powers of self-healing through rhythmical movement. It is used to support health through its warming, calming and harmonising qualities.
Delivered at Emerson College, this Quality Mark programme is taught in two 5-day modules and one 3-day module. Originally developed for use by nurses and carers, this course is open to everyone: members of medical and allied professions, carers and non-professionals. No prior experience is necessary.
You can find more information on the course from the Emerson College website
Five Point Einreibung Course
Five Point Einreibung is a course designed to enable learners to build on their experience of the Rhythmical Einreibung (RE) Foundation Course. Five Point Einreibung uses the essential qualities of RE at peripheral points on the body in the sequence of the five-pointed star. Small areas of touch on the forehead, wrists and ankles are used, incorporating the gentle, breathing quality of RE. This course is only open to those with prior experience of RE and is delivered over 2.5 days of training. Participants are then expected to undertake individual study and practical assignments requiring approximately 20 hours of independent work.
Whole Body Einreibung Course
Whole Body Einreibung is a course designed to enable learners to build on their experience of Rhythmical Einreibung Foundation Course (RE). Whole Body Einreibung is a treatment that combines the different parts of RE learnt on the Foundation Course into a specific sequence. These are combined to make a gentle, flowing treatment that warms and relaxes the whole body. This course is only open to those with prior experience of RE and is delivered over 5 days of contact sessions Participants are then expected to undertake individual study and practical assignments requiring approximately 35 hours of independent work.
For more information on the Five Point and Whole Body Einreibung courses please contact email@example.com
Diploma in 21st Century Pedagogical and Teacher Leadership
This programme, offered by Nordic Quest College Finland, is primarily designed for in-service and aspiring school leaders, teachers, trainers and leaders and managers in public or NGO organisations. It offers the opportunity to have an immersive engagement with leading approaches to 21st Century teaching, training and learning. This programme includes certified modules from the University of Helsinki Teacher Training Schools and the University of Applied Sciences (Finland).
Diploma in Nutrition, Lifestyle and Integrative Wellness Coaching
Nutrition, Lifestyle & Integrative Wellness coaching can improve the health and wellbeing of individuals in many ways. Conventional medical care worldwide is facing pressing challenges both in resources but also in providing individualised treatment. Nutrition, Lifestyle and Integrative Wellness Coaching can offer a viable alternative/proactive approach by incorporating a functional medicine approach, focusing on integrative health care, nutraceutical and naturopathic methods and applied yoga and meditation approaches. This Diploma is offered by Nordic Quest College, Finland in partnership with Firstbeat Technologies, Finland.
For more information on the above two Diplomas please visit the Nordic Quest College
Babies Music School
Delivered by Adriana von Runic Whittington, musician and teacher, Babies Music School is a course for parents, teachers and others that focuses on using music, singing and lullabies with unborn, new born, very young children and parents. The aim of the course is to:
The course is delivered mainly in China and is certified by Crossfields Institute as a Certificate of Participation.
For further information please contact: BMS or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Waldorf Teacher Education Program
Delivered by Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann, an experienced Steiner Waldorf teacher and former director of teacher education, this programme provides training for existing and potential class teachers working in Steiner Waldorf schools in China and Malaysia. It focuses on understanding the human being and child development, as set out in the work of Rudolf Steiner. There is practical teaching that supports teachers to offer the curriculum from classes 1-8 within a Steiner Waldorf school.
For further information and to be put in touch with Astrid Schmitt-Stegmann please contact email@example.com.
Welcome to the Crossfields Institute resources section. If you do not find what you are looking for below, then please contact the Quality Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Policies, procedures and general information
Becoming an approved centre
For all awarding enquiries including how to become a centre delivering an approved Crossfields Institute qualification or programme please contact us at email@example.com. Usual office hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm. We aim to return any call made by the end of the day and respond to emails within three working days.
If you are already an approved centre delivering a Crossfields Institute qualification or programme then please refer to the Resources section of this page for policies, procedures, centre resources, learner resources and general information.
Current centre fees and learner registration fees for regulated qualifications can be seen here. Fees are updated on 1st September each year
Information for learners
Enquiries, Complaints or Appeals
If you have any enquiries, appeals or complaints please contact your centre in the first instance. If you are not satisfied with the centre’s response, or have reached the end of a process with them, please contact us directly. You can contact the Quality Team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Appeals and Complaints policies can be found on the Resources section of this page.
If you would like to register on one of our qualifications, please contact the appropriate centre. You will find contact details on the Qualifications section of this page.
Please contact the centre who delivered the qualification. If you encounter any problems, please contact the Crossfields Institute Academic Administration Team at email@example.com
Learner registration fees for our regulated qualifications can be seen here. Fees are updated on 1st September each year. Please contact the relevant centre for information about fees for customised qualifications, Quality Mark and CPD programmes
Crossfields Institute Fees List from September 2020
Crossfields Institute specialises in the development of integrative and holistic specialist qualifications and programmes. Unlike other similar organisations, the Institute does not rely on large learner numbers to support its business model, we offer to work with niche sectors that other organisations would be unlikely to work with due to lower learner numbers.
For this reason our fees are set at levels that allow us as a charity to cover our operating costs and reflect the heavy regulatory activity that we carry out behind the scenes on behalf of our centres and learners. All registration fees are individually set taking into consideration the level, volume and subject content of the programme or qualification. Please note that the registration fees below are fees charged to centres. Learner fees are set by the centres and include the registration fee of the learners to the Awarding Organisation (Crossfields Institute)
Registration fee per learner
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Baby and Child Care (Early Years Educator) – 601/5636/3
NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) – 601/4573/0
NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy – Birth to Seven (Early Years Educator) – 601/4481/6
NCFE CACHE Level 4 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies (Early Years Educator) – 601/5310/4
NCFE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Studies – Leadership and Management – 601/7923/5
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Award in Working with Trauma – 603/6974/7
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Award – 603/5736/8
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Certificate – 603/3720/5
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Award in Forest Gardening – 603/7112/2
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Diploma – 603/4596/2
Crossfields Institute Level 2 Integrated Education Extended Diploma – 603/3912/3
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Integrated Education Certificate – 603/3721/7
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Biodynamic Farming and Gardening – 601/8675/6
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness – 601/8673/2
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Social Pedagogy – 603/0811/4
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Community Orcharding 603/1444/8
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Certificate in Therapeutic Group Work with Children and Young People – 603/3290/6
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Learning: the Leap Method – 603/5564/5
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Diploma in Nutrition and Lifestyle Coaching – 603/4958/X
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Certificate in Family Work – 603/5825/7
Crossfields Institute Level 4 Certificate in Trauma Informed Care – 603/2882/4
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in the IFEEL Method of Equine Facilitated Human Development – 603/4223/7
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: the LEAP method – 603/1154/X
Crossfields Institute Level 6 Diploma in the IFEEL Method of Equine Facilitated Psychotraumatology – 603/4389/8
Crossfields Institute Level 3 Diploma in Mindfulness for People with their Animals: Trust Technique Practitioner – 603/1196/4
Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Social Pedagogy – 603/2393/0
Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Osteopathy – 603/5827/0 (Diploma) 603/5828/2 (Extended Diploma)
Crossfields Institute Level 7 Diploma in Integrative Healthcare – 603/5834/8
Certificate of Completion Fee (for CPD/training)
Programme/Qualification Transfer Fee
Learner registration fees include 1 External Quality Assurance visit per qualification per year, provided at least 10 learners are registered per year. Less than 10 learners will require a centre to pay for this visit. Any extra EQA visits will be charged separately.
Registration fees are not transferable, nor are they refundable if a learner fails to complete. Fees are also not refundable if a centre creates a duplicate registration.
Initial centre approval fee
Annual centre review fee for centres registering no learners in preceding year
Annual centre review fee (10 – 50 learners per year centre)
Annual centre review fee (51 – 100 learners year per centre)
Annual centre review fee (> 100 learners per year per centre)
Qualification approval visit fee (as required, subject specific)
Attendance at “Touchstone” Standardisation Meeting (each active qualification is required to send one attendee annually)
Included in the Annual Centre fee
External quality assurance fee (if required, in addition to the annual visit included with registration fees)
Quality support visit (If required)
Replacement and duplicate certificate (full and unit) fees:
All replacement certificate fees are payable in advance.
Crossfields Institute certificate and/or academic transcript
Pearson Assured or CACHE certificate
Replacement CACHE e-certificate
Postage UK (Royal Mail Signed For at current rate)
Available on request
A separate policy applies to student fees and educational events and conferences where a minimum upfront deposit is applicable to secure a place. Please note that in some instances we may require a deposit or full upfront payment which will be discussed on a case by case basis.
Crossfields Institute Payment Policy
Crossfields Institute is a uniquely capable and visionary organisation in the complex world of education. They helped us navigate the regulatory system, staying true to our own vision and values as we worked together through the accreditation process.
Academic Director, Montessori Centre International
I really appreciate the way Crossfields have supported Living Well Dying Well as the organisation has grown. You have nurtured and offered tailored guidance throughout, and are always responsive to any issues for discussion. The sharing of good ideas and practice is invaluable, and you are always open and respectful of our views and suggestions…Crossfields Institute is a fantastic organisation and we very much appreciate working with you; your values are evident in all that you do.
Living Well Dying Well
No organisation could be more diligent and professional than Crossfields.
London Steiner Kindergarten Training
We couldn’t find anything that met our needs on the national register of qualifications, so we approached Crossfields Institute in 2016 to ask about developing a specialist qualification in trauma informed care. We were aware of Crossfields Institute as a local awarding organisation with a global reach. We knew that they worked with different approaches other than the mainstream and we felt that they were a good fit with our organisation. For us it was important to have an officially recognised qualification, to help our staff feel valued, to raise the standard of education that we deliver and to raise awareness of trauma informed approaches generally.
The Crossfields Institute Level 4 Award and Certificate in Trauma Informed Care were launched early 2018. Our experience of working with Crossfields Institute was very positive. We worked very closely with the Qualification Development Team to get a qualification that worked for us. They were friendly, helpful, and took a personal approach, whilst also holding us to rigorous standards. It was an excellent dialogue and collaborative process. This has been a very valuable experience for our organisation and our staff.
Training Manager and Head of CPD Novalis Trust
LEAP Equine approached Crossfields Institute early in 2016. We had been running a very successful course in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy for health care professionals for several years. We decided that the next step for our organisation was to develop an officially recognised qualification to raise the bar and increase our competitiveness.
I had already heard about Crossfields Institute, and once I met their staff and heard more about their approach and ethos to experiential learning, they seemed like a really good fit. It was really important to us that we didn’t have to have to compromise on our experiential approach in developing the qualification. We worked closely with the qualification development team at Crossfields Institute who were really helpful and supportive throughout the development process.
The Crossfields Institute Level 5 Diploma in Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy: the LEAP Method was launched in March 2017. Our experience has been that this whole process of developing a recognised qualification has really helped us tighten things up in a very helpful way. The clear learning outcomes and structured assessment process has made everything much less subjective.
Our learners are very pleased with the quality of the education we offer and we have noticed that the process of doing the qualification has really encouraged our learners to take responsibility for their own learning and has helped us ensure that we are teaching and assessing at a level that is appropriate for them.
Owner and Managing Director LEAP Equine
Working with you has felt like a collaboration right from the beginning, rather than you just firing instructions at us (which is what I have had before!), you ask us, and get us to ask ourselves, the important questions that help us gain greater clarity and vision around what we are trying to achieve.
Academic Director, Institute of Health Sciences, Ireland
Working with the Crossfields Institute is a creative and rigorous process. They have a wealth of experience, a holistic worldview and a deeply supportive culture. I am very grateful to be working with them.
Dr William Bloom
Spiritual Companions Trust