Beauty Therapy (Level 3) | New College Courses

Beauty Therapy (Level 3)

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  • The Course

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a technical level qualification aimed at learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beauty therapist.

The Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study, to work towards achieving GCSE grade 4 English or maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel. The Extended Diploma is larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths to GCSE grade 4 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on beauty therapy, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

These qualifications have been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment. However after completing the Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma you may choose to progress to study one of the connected routes of Cosmetic make-up and Hairdressing in more depth or apply for degree level courses at university.


  • Course Requirements

You must have a Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Complementary Therapy and hold a minimum of 3 GCSE at Grade C including English and Maths at Grade 4 or GCSE Grade C. Whilst we welcome applications from adult learners with previous subject knowledge, enrolment will be subject to a trade test and interview to determine prior learning.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.


  • Study Programme

This course will be studied over one year with much of this time spent developing your practical skills in our dedicated therapy suite. You will also undertake additional short qualifications at the start of your programme.  The average time for this course is approximately 12 hours per week.  This may increase depending on which qualification is taken.



Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also study ten mandatory units including;

Skin and body analysis

Swedish massage

Face and body electrical treatments

Electrical science

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.

In addition extended diploma students will be required to complete five optional units including;

Gel polish for nails

Electrical epilation




  • Assessment

This qualification is graded pass, merit or distinction in three sections which combine to give an overall grade for the qualification. Each student must complete

  • A service portfolio of formative practical assessments and written work.
  • A graded summative assessment with each mandatory unit.
  • A non-graded summative assessment with each optional unit.
  • Two external exams set at specific dates across the year which are marked and graded by VTCT.
  • A VTCT devised end of year a graded synoptic practical assessment.


You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly check and discuss your progress. You will be expected to maintain your skills through weekly sessions where clients pay for their treatments and services. Please be aware to support your qualification aims some units may require you to bring in models to practise specific treatments prior to assessment.


You will be required to find work experience in a commercial setting to help you demonstrate competency, build on your classroom performance and develop your industry skills. You will also take part in the department competition to showcase your skills.



  • Expenses

Some basic equipment and materials will be provided by the college. You will be expected to purchase the Distinction salon uniform set (cost approximately £70) and a tools and equipment kit (costing around £175) to use during your study programme.  Applications may be made to the student support fund to help with the purchase of these items. In some circumstances loan equipment may be available.

To comply with current health and safety requirements within our salons each student will be provided, free of charge, with a locker for use throughout the academic year. However, if the key is lost or not returned the student will be invoiced to replace the key (this cost is currently set at £30.00).Whilst Distinction Salon works hard to advertise for clients you may need to bring in your own in order to carry out some assessments.


Students will have the opportunity to enrol on enrichment activities during the Distinction Industry Week in December which are delivered by external companies and your tutors. Most of these sessions are delivered free of charge although there may be an equipment cost for some activities or qualifications.  There may also be optional expenses for trips to exhibitions, events and trade shows in the UK.


  • Further Information

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