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Hair, Beauty & Therapies

Hair, Beauty & Therapies

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Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3DCT (2021)
  • Who is it for?

    The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies is a VRQ 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 
    Pre blend Aromatherapy

    Maintaining personal health and wellbeing

    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 unit practical assessments, assignment and exam.

  • 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 school: Lacon Childe School

I progressed from the Level 2 course and really enjoy it - you need to have a passion for beauty and be willing to work hard. After college I would like to work in a salon then, with some experience, set up on my own. Having the commercial salon, Evolve, on campus is great experience for the students.

Pip Pearce

Pip Pearce

Level 2 Makeup and Nails
Previous school: Meole Brace School

I wasn’t sure I could do makeup and nails – I have always loved it, but decided to study business after school. However, I wasn’t enjoying myself and decided to take the leap of faith into beauty and I haven’t looked back since. After I’ve completed this course I want to progress onto Level 3. The course is fun and everybody is really nice – teachers and students.

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Career Options

  • Health associate professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £25,000

  • Therapy professionals n.e.c.

    Up to £23,000


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