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Hair, Beauty & Therapies

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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date 2 September 2019
Course code FLR3DCT (1920)
  • Who is it for?

    The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies is a tech level qualification aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as a massage therapist. Learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include: commercial salons, spas, massage clinics, self-employed, cruise liners, airlines or hotel chains and 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, Complementary Therapies.

  • Entry Requirements

    You should have a VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques or a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy (General) or an equivalent qualification. Good communication and personal presentation skills. You must have an interview with the tutor prior to enrolment.

  • What does the course involve?

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

    Health and safety in the salon
    Client care and consultation
    History and origins of massage therapies
    Swedish massage
    Stone therapy
    Indian head massage
    Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems
    Promote and sell products and services
    Contribute to the effective running of a business

    Learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, they will gain an awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Achievement is through end of module assessment with pass, merit and distinction. End of year written exam and synoptic assessment.

  • How much does it cost?

    It is an expectation of professional practice to wear a uniform whilst in salon sessions. It is advisable to purchase a kit to allow you to practise skills out of College. Order forms are available at the Group Interview event.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Alice Nimmock

Alice Nimmock

Level 3 in Beauty Make-Up Techniques
Previous Institution: Lacon Childe School

We do makeup, spray tans, eyelashes and loads more. Eyelash extensions were my favourite thing to do this year and I can’t wait to progress with them. Having the commercial salon, Evolve, on campus provides a great experience for students to get to know what it’s like to work in a real salon. This course is totally worth it, but you need to have a passion for beauty and willing to work hard.

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Career Options

  • Health associate professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £30,000

  • Therapy professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £36,000


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