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Spa Therapy - level 3 NVQ Diploma at Buxton & Leek College

Course description

This qualification is to enhance the skills and treatments learnt at Level 2. This one year qualification will give you the opportunity to learn a wide range of treatments that are popular in the industry. Not only will you have the opportunity to learn within our onsite commercial salons, but also learn and service our popular Spa at Buxton. This facility has been developed specifically with the industry in mind, close cooperation with the industry has ensured the Spa has up-to-date facilities and therefore provides qualifications and experience that employers really want.

The course comprises of nine units, which are assessed through both practical observations and on-line test. A portfolio of evidence will be built to support your knowledge. There is a strong focus on students to develop independent learning through regular target setting.  You will be expected to service clients from the start of the course ensuring level 2 treatments are kept up-to-date and developing customer care and retailing skills.

Course content

All students will take 6 core units:

  • Facial electric treatments (B14)
  • Full body massage (B20)
  • Indian Head massage (B23)
  • Hot stone massage (B28)
  • Provide Spa treatments (S3)
  • Maintain the Spa environment (S2)

 Alongside 3 mandatory units including:

  • Health and Safety (G22)
  • Financial effectiveness (G11)
  • Promotional activities (H32)

Entry requirements

To secure a place on the Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapies you must have the following:

  • 3 GCSEs at Grade C or above / Functional Skills at Level 2
  • Level 2 Beauty Therapy
  • Complete a trade test and anatomy test at interview stage.


You'll be continually assessed using a range of methods, including practical observations, oral questions, written assessments and assignments.

Future opportunities

Your options are endless; there is the opportunity to progress onto a foundation or BSc (Hons) degree in Spa Management at the University of Derby (Buxton), you could travel the world working on cruise ships, develop skills in a local salon or spa, embrace the rewards of retail sales or even grow your own business

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Buxton & Leek College directly.

Last updated date: 23 February 2016
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