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Beauty Therapy

Level 3 Diploma

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Beauty Therapy - Level 3 Diploma SF-BEAU3D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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This course will enable you to develop your beauty skills to a more advanced level and introduce new creative techniques to expand and improve your existing skill set.

You’ll cover a broad range of topics including working with colleagues within the beauty business, client care and communication, forming good relationships and working effectively with colleagues, anatomy and physiology, hygiene, health and safety practices, promoting and selling products and services to clients. 

The more practical elements include body massage treatments, facial electrotherapy treatments, body electrotherapy treatments, massage using preblended aromatherapy oils, micro-dermabrasion treatments and stone therapy massage. 

Dress code is very important so you’ll need to be in full uniform at all times and carry your kit to all practical classes.


Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or equivalent.

In this course, you will study:

  • Working with colleagues within the beauty related industries
  • Monitoring and maintaining health and safety practice
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • How to promote and sell products and services to clients
  • Body massage
  • Facial electrotherapy treatments
  • Body electrotherapy treatments
  • Massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
  • Micro-dermabrasion treatments
  • Stone therapy massage


You will carry out a variety of practical treatments within the College salon on paying clients to build your confidence and competency ready for industry. 

There will be separate theory, anatomy and physiology lessons to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Beauty Therapy. These lessons will prepare you for your online mandatory exams and assignments.

After a period of skill training within your practical sessions, you will be assessed on your competency while performing your practical skills on a range of clients within block sessions at intervals throughout the academic year. Classes will cover a considerable amount of anatomy and physiology, which will prepare you for the written mandatory exams used to test your knowledge and understanding of the units.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

On successful completion, the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy prepares students to work in industry in a variety of venues such as salons, health spas and cruise liners.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

I would say it’s a college that really balances academia with fun, there is lots of extra-curricular stuff that you can get involved in. It has a really good work/life balance.

Laura Hagedorn, A Level student