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Beauty Therapy Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

In this course you will learn about the theory of beauty, face and body treatments, anatomy and physiology and salon management. You will also have practical experience of beauty therapy including electrical face and body treatments, hair removal by electrolysis and body massage.
The course may include visits to beauty exhibitions, shows and a residential trip to enhance your studies.
During the course you will build up a portfolio of evidence. You will have to work on clients to complete the qualification. You must ensure you can provide some of your own clients and have family members and friends who are willing to come in to the college for treatments with you.

Course content

There are two core units, four mandatory units and one additional units at Level 3. For a full qualification all 7 units must be achieved:
Core Units:
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
Mandatory Units:
  • Provide electrical epilation treatments
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide body electrical treatments
  • Provide facial electrical treatments
The additional unit you will be studying will be discussed with you during your interview. The additional unit is aimed at enhancing your learning experience and must be completed in full to achieve the NVQ Level 3 Beauty Therapy qualification.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this course you must have successfully completed the Level 2 Beauty Therapy course. Work experience in the beauty industry is essential for Level 3. To support your Level 3 application you will be required to carry out a trade test and theory test. Your application will need to be supported by a reference from your tutor and an interview.


You will be assessed working on clients in the Aspire Beauty Salons, on the campus. You will also have to build a portfolio of evidence. Your theory knowledge will be assessed through online exams which will be scheduled throughout the year.
Home study is required. You will also have to revise for your online exams.
The final qualification on this course is an NVQ Level 3 in Beauty Therapy.

Future opportunities

You can progress onto further study on part-time or full-time courses such as reflexology, massage, make-up or holistic therapies. You can also go into employment in a salon or spa, in health clubs, holiday resorts or on cruise liners or even self-employed as a freelance therapist, or go onto University level courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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