Beauty Therapy

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Qualification type: Advanced Apprenticeship
Level: Level 3
Awarding body VTCT
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date Flexible start
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Apprenticeship

Course overview

In the UK there are 4,800 beauty salons, 36,000 hairdressing salons, 5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments particularly those which, for example, are located in hotels and leisure centres. There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons and spa facilities, also in the number of existing beauty therapy salons now offering an extended range of services including nail services and spa facilities.

This apprenticeship leads to a specialist vocational qualification which will enable learners to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding required in order to perform advanced techniques in Beauty Therapy such as Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage and Aromatherapy Massage. You will also learn advanced techniques in facial electrical treatments, such as Microdermabrasion and Non-Surgical Facelifts.

Learners will be able to gain the skills, knowledge and understanding to perform professional beauty/massage treatments for clients, and provide advanced skills to enable learners to gain employment in the beauty industry.

To develop your employability opportunities, there is the option to attend enrichment classes, for example: Spray Tan Courses, Lash extension Courses, Advanced Waxing. These may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation.

Entry requirements

We recommend that you should have completed a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy or Nail Services, or hold a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Nail Services. Alternatively you may have other relevant experience that relate to other job roles found within a spa environment.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

You must have completed a Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy or a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy prior to beginning the Level 3 Apprenticeship.

As part of your apprenticeship you will study the following units:

G22 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations

H32 Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

B20 Provide body massage treatments

B23 Provide Indian Head massage treatments

B24 Carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils

B28 Provide stone therapy treatments

B14 Provide facial electrical treatments




How will I be assessed

The awarding body is VTCT. You will be assessed on a continual basis for written and practical work, both in college and at your work placement. At the end of the apprenticeship you will need to submit a portfolio of evidence which you will be shown how to complete. Written tests will also be completed and a pass mark of 100% is to be achieved.

Things you may need

You will be required to purchase a kit and a textbook which is essential for the success of your apprenticeship and will be required immediately.

You need to have willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.



Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract. A high degree of dexterity and coordination. Potential Apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some chemicals, liquids and aerosols used in the spa therapy industry may have a significant effect on their health.

What next

On completion of your apprenticeship, you may enter any of our related areas such as nails, complementary therapies or hairdressing to allow you to gain more skills to add to your employment portfolio. Employment opportunities could include working as a beauty therapist, working in beauty salons, health spas or set up your own business. Maybe you dream of travelling? Then fulfil your dream while working on cruise liners or airlines.

Beauty Therapy apprenticeships offer a range of career opportunities.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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