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Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

This course enables you to obtain an internationally recognised advanced diploma qualification in Beauty Therapy which has given previous students the employment opportunities and skills needed to work in commercial beauty salons as therapists and senior therapists and for those students who want more adventure, the career options of working in prestigious health spas on land or at sea on cruise liners. 

The Beauty department at Boston College works in partnership with a prestigious skin care company, Eve Taylor, to deliver unique skincare training in anyone of our two fully equipped training salons, which are open as commercial salons to the general public. 

The College commercial salons run several times a week and will include possible evening salon sessions to cater for all. 

There is also throughout the year supervised opportunities to work in a varied environment within the community outside the College salon. 

Course content

The course is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist. You must achieve all mandatory units which include: 

- Health and Safety in the Salon 
- Client Care and Consultation 
- Body Analysis 
- Skin Analysis 
- Swedish Massage Therapy 
- Body lectrical Treatment 
- Facial Electrical Treatment 
- Electrical Science 
- Mechanical Massage 
- Anatomy and Physiology for the Face and Body Systems 

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. You will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, provide a range of beauty treatments including Swedish massage, skin and body analysis and electrical science in order to make informed decisions for face and body electrical treatments. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed. 

In addition to your course, you will also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade. 

You will also be expect to complete 1-2 full weeks of work experience, as well as having the opportunity to undertake trade tests for work experience in a prestigious health farm, 

You will have access to information on study skills and the opportunity to attend study support groups. The average group size is 14-16 students.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of a previous Beauty Therapy Level 2 qualification (or equivalent), with a satisfactory report from all previous beauty tutors and successful completion of an interview and taster session, in which attendance (minimum 90%), acceptable behaviour/attitude, ability to progress and ability to meet deadlines will be taken into consideration.


The course of study will include theoretical and practical sessions, some individual and assignment work, online written tests, practical assessments on clients and the production of a portfolio of evidence. 

Financial information

Approximate additional costs, for items which must be purchased at the start of the course include, 

- Materials fee £40.00 
- Uniform/Tunic £20.00 each 
- Course texts £30.00 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs. 

Future opportunities

Those who achieve successfully achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a beauty therapist, you could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include: 

- Commercial Salons 
- Destination/Day Spas 
- Independent/Self-Employed/Mobile/Home-Based settings 
- Health Farms 
- Cruise Liners 
- Care Homes 
- Airlines or Hotel Chains 

Whilst the primary purpose of this course is to prepare you for employment, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas: 

- Salon Management 
- Holistic Therapies 
- Advanced Beauty Therapy

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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