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Spa Therapy Diploma Level 3 at Croydon College

Course description

Our excellent resources, and inspirational and outstanding teachers, make The Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College the place to continue your journey within the hair beauty industry. 

This course will develop and build upon the techniques that you will have learnt on a Level 2 course, enabling you to become an advanced, highly qualified and professional spa therapist. This programme will consist of theory and practical sessions, developing your advanced beauty skills in areas such as face and body electrical treatments, body massage, hot stone therapy, flotation and various spa services.

You will benefit hugely from this course as we are the only college within south London that is in partnership with celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford. This makes this course one of the most sought after due to the training and advantages you will gain from the highest standards of delivery in the Lee Stafford way! You will gain qualities and skills that will give you the best possible opportunity to progress and to secure a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Please note that due to the highly professional nature of the hair and beauty industry, you will be required to wear a uniform whilst you are in the salon, details of which will be given to you at enrolment. We would also like for you to invest in your future career by purchasing a kit consisting of all of the necessary salon equipment which will aid your successful completion of this course.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

You will be trained in the Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College and you will benefit from having the opportunity to attend one of the many events that Lee Stafford himself will run at the college.

As a student at the Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy you will have the opportunity to take part in many internal and external events and competitions which will give you the skills and competitiveness to ensure you are a step ahead when you’re seeking employment within what is a competitive industry. You will also have the chance to attend beauty exhibitions and off-site training sessions to capture a sense of the vibrant and prosperous industry you have chosen to enter.

You will also be given the opportunity to gain work experience via a work placement one day per week. This experience will enable you to appreciate the industry and gain invaluable knowledge.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs grade C or higher, one being English or maths or a related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a Pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results can also be considered).

English and maths assessed at Level 1 or above.


Practical assessments will take place during your salon sessions and all of these are carried out on real clients and will be assessed by one of our highly trained professional members of staff.  Creative assignments and projects will be used to showcase your underpinning knowledge of each technical skill learnt, and these will be used as evidence for your portfolio, alongside online exams.  

Future opportunities

On completion of this course, you will be fully qualified as an advanced beauty therapist, which will enable you to demonstrate your newly acquired skills and knowledge at a higher level for employability or higher education with university pathways through UCAS. Many learners decide to go to university after completing their Level 3 course to study Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management.

Through numerous links, our experienced lecturing staff within the Hair and Beauty department at Croydon College have helped newly qualified stylists and therapists to seek employment with top salons, spas and they will give you guidance on how you can use your skills to travel the world doing a job you love.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
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      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport