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Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy - Advanced at West Thames College

Course description

In the UK there are 4,800 beauty salons and 36,000 hairdressing salons – 5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments (particularly those in hotels and leisure centres). There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons, spa facilities and beauty therapy salons offering an extended range of services.

Depending on the pathway followed and level achieved, learners completing an apprenticeship will undertake roles such as:

  • Junior beauty therapist
  • Manicurist or skin care and makeup consultant
  • Beauty therapist
  • Electrolysist
  • Masseur/masseuse
  • Makeup artists.

Course content

To complete this qualification, a minimum of 65 credits must be achieved. Some of the units are mandatory and some are optional and chosen with the agreement of the employer and assessor. The assessor will go through these units with the apprentice and employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so the qualification may be achieved successfully. The assessor will visit the workplace to assess apprentices and ensure they meet the minimum national standards.

Units include:


  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Provide body electrical treatments
  • Provide facial electrical treatments
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide electrical epilation treatments.


  • Plan and provide airbrush makeup
  • Provide female intimate waxing services
  • Provide male intimate waxing services
  • Provide single eyelash extension treatments
  • Provide UV tanning services
  • Provide Indian head massage
  • Carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
  • Provide self-tanning services
  • Provide stone therapy treatments
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business.

You will also complete:

  • Workskills
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Maths functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities

Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working at least 30 hours per week in a salon.

Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business importance is given to:

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.
  • Practical, organisational and social skills.
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness.
  • An amicable nature and good communication skills for dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination.
  • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the chemicals, liquids and aerosols may have a significant effect on their health condition.
  • Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in artificial colouring products and services, since makeup application and nail services require the ability to recognise tones, shades and changes in a range of colours.


To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF) - to achieve this qualification a minimum of 65 credits must be achieved.

Workskills: Edexcel Level 2 Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment rights and responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is embedded within the competence based qualification for all pathways and will also be covered within employer inductions. However, for more information the Council for Administration (CfA) ERR Workbook can be used.

The evidence for this area will be the certificate for this qualification with the ERR unit listed as having been completed.

Financial information

You do not have to pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, it is possible to continue on to a Level 4 qualification for example in Physiology or complete a foundation degree. This qualification also opens up a wide range of career progression routes including salon owner, senior therapist, working for a production company as a technician, working on a cruise liner or in a spa.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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