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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to pursue a career as an employed and / or self employed beauty therapist. Upon completion of this qualification learners will be eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). Employment opportunities may include; Destination or Day Spas, Health Farms, Cruise Liners, Airlines, Hotel Chains, Commercial Salons, Care Homes, Independent/Self Employed/Mobile or Home Based Settings.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification is designed for learners who wish to pursue a career as a beauty therapist. Learners will develop knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients and provide a wide range of of specialised facial and body treatments. Students will also develop knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and other related essential knowledge. Learners will work in a busy commercial salon environment and develop communication and customer service skills together with research and problem solving skills.

Entry requirements: 

It is expected students will have achieved either one of the following qualifications.

Level 2 Beauty Therapy
Level 2 Hair and Media make-up


Swedish Body Massage

Facial Electrical Treatments

Body Electrical Treatments

Mechanical Massage

Skin Analysis

Body Analysis

Client Care and Consultation

Electrical Science

Anatomy and Physiology

Health and Safety

Electrical Epilation
Managing a Commercial Column
Spa Pedicure
Promote and Sell Products and Services
Salon Reception Duties

How is the course assessed?: 

Students are assessed throughout the course and there will be one graded synoptic practical assessment.
Learners will also produce a portfolio of evidence to meet learning outcomes as specified.
There will be two externally assessed question papers throughout the year which are externally marked and graded by the examination board.

The overall grade for the qualification will be assessed as Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

Further study options after this course: 

The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, however upon completion of this course learners may choose to progress to Level 4 in Salon Management and Advanced Beauty Therapy Techniques.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


Fees for this course are: £2583.00

If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 3 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 3 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over on the day your main course starts you may be able to take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for this course.

There is a requirement to purchase equipment for this course. The cost of equipment is around £120. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (22 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'I am now self - employed working in a Beauty salon at Newcastle, the lecturers were great and gave me so much support' - Danielle Hanley Level 3 Beauty Therapist

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