Beauty Therapy | VTCT Diploma in Complementary Therapies | Level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0056-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is hands-on, exciting and will give you the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience to progress onto employment or to further your skills. This programme is designed to prepare you for a career as a complementary therapist in a self-employed capacity, or employed in spas, holiday resorts, cruise ships, clinics or hospices.

Our lecturers have current industry experience and you will train in professional, commercial salons, which are open to the public. We have strong links with industry and employers - during the course you will attend guest lectures, product training sessions and trade shows.


Course content

Course topics include:

  • Health safety & hygiene for complementary therapies
  • Principles and practice of complementary therapies
  • Body massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Anatomy, physiology & pathology for complementary therapies
  • Introduction to healthy eating and well being
  • Introduction to clinic services & business awareness
  • Assessment of clients for holistic treatments

Entry requirements

16+ (school leavers)

To join this Level 3 course, you should have at least 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English, maths and science) or have successfully completed a Level 2 beauty therapy qualification.

If you do not have the above grades, you can start on the Level 2 Beauty Therapy course.


A good standard of English (reading, writing, comprehension). You must be able to devote time to the course at home (4/5 hours per week plus approximately 200 hours of practical home case studies).

Interview required.

Your next steps...

What's next?

Whilst this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a complementary therapist; learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications in related therapies such as:

  • Indian head massage
  • Stone therapy (QCF)
  • Sports massage
  • Auricular therapies (ear candling)
  • Baby/Infant massage
  • Beauty therapy