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Beauty Therapy Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

This Advanced Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy is about improving people’s wellbeing by making them look and feel better. 

Beauty therapy covers a range of treatments, from simple facials and electronic treatments to make-up and waxing.

You gain recognised qualifications and valuable industry experience, which makes you more employable.

Course content

As a beauty therapy advanced apprentice, you work as a beauty therapist and learn techniques such as body massage, as well as more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve skin condition. 

You can tailor the qualification to include other aspects of learning too, such as the financial aspects of running a business, Indian head massage, and stone therapy.

The apprenticeship is a framework of qualifications consisting of the following: 
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy
• Functional Skills in Maths and English
• Employee Rights and Responsibilities

All aspects of training are completed in college on day-release and in the workplace. An assessor will regularly visit you in the workplace to gather work-based evidence. 

Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day in your job. This experience is supported by theoretical knowledge gained at college in both classroom and workshop based sessions/assessments.

Entry requirements

You will need to have completed a Level 2 Beauty course, either as a full-time course or as an apprenticeship, or have suitable industry knowledge prior to enrolment. You will be called in to complete an initial assessment and then an interview with a member of staff who will be delivering the course.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the programme you have plenty of career options to consider. You could:
• run your own salon
• start your own business up
• work as a make-up artist in the media industry (film, TV) or performing arts (music, dance, theatre)

Or you could go on to do specialist study in areas such as massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology. Higher education provides options too – how about a foundation degree in beauty therapy or even a management diploma?

Further information

You will work very closely with clients and the work can be a very ‘personal’ experience. 

You should enjoy working with people, be able to make others feel comfortable, and be generally pleasant and personable. You should have a pride in your appearance as you are the face of this industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

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      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
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      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.