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Beauty Therapy - Massage - Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

This qualification allows individuals to develop skills essential to working in the beauty industry, such as forming good working relationships with clients and awareness of health and safety, as well as the specialist skills needed to carry out beauty treatments or nail services. 

For employers, apprenticeships offer many benefits to businesses, including offering practical solutions to the recruitment and retention of staff.

They are designed by employers for employers and therefore reflect the changing needs of the sector.

Apprenticeship Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

  • Competence-based element: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy- Massage (QCF)
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • Mathematics
  • English

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is a non-accredited component, which is delivered using a contextualised work booklet which will be assessed by your tutor.

It is expected that you will cover the ERR requirements through the completion of nine mandatory outcomes.

The ERR will also be supported by the completion of your workplace induction where it is expected that the employer will identify the role and responsibilities of themselves and their employees.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

PLTS, is a non-accredited component of the Apprenticeship Framework and will be assessed through evidence that will be produced through the accredited components of the Apprenticeship programme.

Course content

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy – Massage (QCF) is a 51 credit qualification which consists of six mandatory units (44 credits) plus a minimum of seven credits from optional units.

Mandatory units.

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide Indian head massage
  • Carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
  • Provide stone therapy treatments

Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths and English

ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities)

PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills)

Entry requirements

Individuals must have already sourced employment within the beauty sector, prior to applying for Advanced Apprenticeship Beauty Therapy - Massage.

Individuals will undertake a Level 2 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior to enrolment. Individuals will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme or, if individuals have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or key skills at Level 2, they will be required to evidence this with a certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification.

Individuals will also have to complete a free writing exercise to provide evidence to demonstrate grammar and spelling.

Individuals must have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy.


Individuals will be required to attend Vision West Nottinghamshire College one day per week for the duration of the course, which will provide the opportunity to undertake practical assessments within the Revive Salon and develop theoretical skills sets to meet qualification requirements.

Assessments will also be required within the individual’s workplace to sufficiently meet competency outcomes within the qualification.

Individuals are required to produce a portfolio of evidence, which will contain a variety of assessments covering the criteria stipulated by the awarding body to cover the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy- Massage (QCF)

Assessments may include:

  • Observations held in the working environment
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness statements
  • Activity-based work books
  • Work products

Assessments will be planned with an assessor prior to the assessment taking place.
You will be required to complete an online or paper based test for both Functional Skills elements. 

Future opportunities


  • Beauticians and related occupations

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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      The campus is also home to our commercial venues, Butterflies Day Nursery, a 150-seat theatre, fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon and spa; giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed for employment.

      Vision University Centre, which offers university-level education to the people of Mansfield and Ashfield is also based here.