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Beauty and Spa Therapy Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course offers an exciting progression route for Level 2 beauty therapists wanting to gain employment within the beauty industry. This course is suitable for learners who want to further their existing beauty skills by branching into advanced therapies, tanning and semi-permanent individual eyelash extensions. The course gives learners the opportunity to learn about and work with the latest electrical equipment being offered within the industry and to see the results that can be achieved. All learners are expected to attend College three days a week and will be required to work to high professional standards in the realistic working environment of our busy In Vogue Salon providing a wide variety of treatment to our clients; learners will be required to complete work related experience within the industry to enrich their programme of study and gain employability skills. Learners are required to complete course work and research in their own time towards completion of this qualification. The course also offers a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year and learners are encouraged to take part in national competitions. All of the above provide learners with good employment potential on completion of the course.

Course content

Learners will be required to attend College three days a week with the possibility of working an evening and complete compulsory work related experience hours working with the beauty industry.

The course covers the following mandatory units: Promote and sell products and services to clients, Anatomy and physiology, Provide electrotherapy treatments, Provide facial electrotherapy treatments, Provide body massage treatments, Provide Day Spa treatments as well as the following optional units: Provide Indian head massage, Tanning treatments, Provide individual semi-permanent lash treatments, Provide Hot stone treatments. Additionally all learners study Functional Skills or GCSE in Mathematics and English and directed study. Students receive tutorial support with targets set to ensure satisfactory progress on the course.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Entry requirements

Entry is by interview and learners should hold a Level 2 in Beauty Therapy qualification. Applicants will need to be able to self-manage and will need a mature and responsible outlook, as much of the delivery will require them to work with a high degree of independence.

Some of the products used in the hairdressing and beauty industry contain nuts and therefore this occupation may not be suitable for those people with an allergy to nuts.


Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy

Future opportunities

On completion of the course learners will be able to progress Level 3 Reflexology and Level 3 Aromatherapy. Employment opportunities after the course can include working in a beauty salon, spas and cruise ships. There is also a real possibility for working overseas as the qualification is internationally recognised.

Further information

Upon enrolment for this course learners will receive order forms that list all the equipment, tools and uniform requirements of the course. The uniform will consist of grey tailored trousers, two tunic tops, plain black cardigan and flat black closed shoes. Each learner will be required to buy two recommended text books that support the knowledge delivered for this course. You may need to consider an additional cost for trips and activities throughout the year.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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