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Beauty Therapy Advanced Apprenticeship at Darlington College

Course description

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

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.

You will need GCSE grades A-C in Maths and English. We will request a college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.


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.

Future opportunities

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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 March 2016
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