Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, provide a range of beauty treatments including Swedish massage, skin and body analysis and electrical science in order to make informed decisions for face and body electrical treatments. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.


Meet our students Liza-Jane Lamb

Liza-Jane Lamb

“I have immensely enjoyed my time at the College, and thanks to the dedication of the tutors, I will be forging a new career in hairdressing armed with all the skills and attributes needed to be successful in my chosen profession. ”

Meet our students Nichola Connorton

Nichola Connorton

“The course has helped me develop my skills so much and my knowledge on the subject has been expanded. I can’t wait to use my skills within a salon.”

  • Description

    This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

    • Health and safety in the salon
    • Client care and consultation
    • Body analysis
    • Skin analysis
    • Swedish massage therapy
    • Body electrical treatment
    • Facial electrical treatment
    • Electrical science
    • Mechanical massage
    • Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems
  • Entry Requirements

    NVQ Level 2 Beauty

  • Qualification

    VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

  • Progression

    As a massage therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include: commercial salons destination/day spas massage clinics independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings cruise liners airlines or hotel chains care homes

    Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

    • salon management
    • holistic therapies
    • sports massage
  • Assessment

    Continuous assessment of practical skills will prepare students for graded assessments which are set throughout the year. A graded end-of-year practical synoptic exam and written exams are required to pass the qualification, an overall grade will then be awarded which will be a pass, merit or distinction.

  • Home Study

    Four to six hours a week is recommended to support the qualification. This will included revision for exams.

  • Work Placement

    It is mandatory that a substantial amount of work experience is gained along side this course. Ideally, working part-time in the industry would benefit skills and knowledge.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    A uniform is mandatory. It is also recommended that students purchase their own text book

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BEAUTYL3 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.