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Beauty Therapy Level 3 Diploma at Reading College

Course description

This course is a natural progression from Beauty Therapy Level 2 and requires a high level of commitment and motivation. You will study more advanced techniques such as electrotherapy, microdermabrasion, electrical epilation and perfect the essentials such as health and safety in the salon, and consulting and advising clients on treatments. You will be assessed throughout the course and set a number of assignments. Upon successful completion you will be in a position to start work or progress to further studies.

You will be taught by experienced staff in a well-stocked salon. You will develop a combination of skills and experience. There is an exceptionally high progression rate into further study or work in the hair or beauty industries.

Course content

This course allows you to further develop your beauty therapy skills and techniques. You will be taught about health and safety in the salon, and consulting and advising clients on treatments. You will develop your skills in massage techniques including: Swedish massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy while learning new techniques in facial and body electics, non-surgical face-lifts, microdermabrasion, depilation and electrolysis. In addition you will be taught body massage, improving the face and body with electrotherapy and providing electrical epilation. Throughout the course you will run commercial salons at the college to maintain your Level 2 skills. From your work placement you will learn abut supervising in salon management and also about salon finance and business management.

You will learn from experienced staff in our modern salons using the latest equipment. You will observe demonstrations and learn through student participation to develop practical skills and competency. You will develop your knowledge through e-learning systems and by traditional teaching methods. About three-quarters of your time is spent on practical salon activities and the remaining quarter is spent in the classroom. One day a week is a study day. In addition you will have 10 days of work placement which is spread over 10 weeks. Staff will help you to find a placement and this experience will help prepare you for work. You will need to produce a portfolio of practical evidence which is monitored by our external verifier.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will require Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma and Functional Skills qualifications. You should have a good reference, creativity ambition and the willingness to accept new challenges.

Financial information

It is essential to purchase personal equipment and salon work wear costing £300-£400. You may be able to access a course costs bursary for a contribution towards your costs.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to work as a beauty therapist, either freelance or in a variety of organisations including salons, health farms, leisure centres and hotels. There is also the chance to progress to further study in complementary therapy hairdressing or related subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.