Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Level 3


The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a beauty therapist. This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn beauty therapy skills, whilst working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose to confirm your competence as a beauty therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

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This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist including:
1) Provide facial electrical treatments
2) Provide body massage treatments
3) Provide electrical epilation treatments
4) Provide electrical epilation treatments
5) Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
6) Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

International Students
We accept overseas students visiting on tourist visas and can provide housing options. If you are from a country that is part of the European Union then you likely will be able to travel to the UK without obtaining a separate visa. If you are from outside of the EU then you will need to apply for a tourist travel visa from the UK government, which you can do here:

Career Pathways
This qualification will qualify you for employment as a beauty therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a beauty therapist. Career opportunities as a beauty therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in commercial beauty salons
  • Working in destination and day spas
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare you for employment as a beauty therapist, you may choose to develop your skills further by undertaking qualifications in beauty therapy at Level 4, including:

  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Permanent Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation
  • VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments
  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy
  • VTCT Level 4 Award in Skin Blemish Removal
  • VTCT Level 4 Award in Physiology for Advanced Beauty Therapy
  • VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in beauty therapy at Level 3. Whilst both will qualify you to become a beauty therapist and gain employment, this qualification requires you to work in a real commercial beauty salon, whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments has a purpose of preparing you to enter the beauty therapy sector rather than confirming competence in a specific job role. The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments can be achieved through gathering evidence in a college's realistic working environment without the necessity for real paying clients.