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Beauty & Spa Therapy

Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma

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Beauty and Spa Therapy - Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma SF-BEAU3T-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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This is a one-year full time course designed for those who are 17+ and are interested in beauty therapy. This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty & Spa Therapy aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the beauty and spa therapy industry.

All students will be expected to comply with the beauty industry standards of dress code; this applies to both theory and practical lessons.

This course is ideal for those that have already studied a Level 2 beauty therapy qualification.

There is a minimum entry requirement of having a full Level 2 Beauty Therapy qualification. In addition to this, you will also need a grade 4 or higher in English Language and Science. Jewellery and facial piercings are not acceptable in the classroom/salons and must be removed before entering.

Throughout the course you will cover the following topics:

  • Promote and Sell Products and Services to the Client
  • Body Massage
  • Pre-Blended Aromatherapy
  • Facial Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Body Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Dry Spa Treatments
  • Stone Therapy Treatments
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Subject-Specific Theory
  • Work Experience
  • Industrial Work Placements

The course involves a considerable amount of practical work. There will be masterclasses set up by employers throughout the learning programme. During workshop sessions, you will watch demonstrations of skills which you will then practise on each other before progressing to work on paying clients. You will also receive separate lessons in theory, anatomy and physiology which will help to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of beauty therapy.

This course will be assessed via a final practical assessment day and final written exam. Practical assessments are externally set by the awarding organisation and internally marked. Exams will be externally set and marked. You will be able to identify and use effective skills, knowledge and understanding from across the units’ content area and will be judged against the unit grading criteria. You are required to keep a record of achievement logbook as evidence of treatments performed. You will be required to do two weeks of work experience. You will always need to be in full uniform and carry your kit to all practical classes.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit. There will also be trips to enhance your learning and experience of the industry. All of these costs will be explained at your interview and if you are in receipt of financial assistance, you will be supported with these costs.

On successful completion, the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty & Spa Therapy prepares you to work in the industry in a variety of venues such as salons, health spas, cruise liners and medi-spas.

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’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

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