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Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty & Spa Therapy at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This exciting new Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty & Spa Therapy offers you a nationally recognised qualification at level 3 and aims to provide you with a range of specialist practical skills and technical knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment as a fully qualified therapist or for further training within the Beauty & Spa Therapy Industry. A well-groomed and professional appearance is essential as you will be working with the public and need to present a professional image. Great importance is also placed on reliability requiring regular attendance and punctuality. You will be advised of any materials you will need to purchase for your course, such as a beauty kit, text book and salon uniform, when you attend the Welcome Event/Progression interview.

This qualification covers a very wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in the beauty and spa therapy industry.

Compulsory units:
• Promote and sell products and services to clients
• Provide body massage
• Provide facial electrotherapy treatments
• Provide body electrotherapy treatments
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Provide dry spa treatments

Optional units:
• Provide electrical epilation
• Provide Indian head massage
• Tanning treatments
• Apply individual semi-permanent lash treatments
• Dermatology
• Research advancements within the beauty industry
• Monitor and maintain the clients' spa journey
• Provide body stone therapy treatments

You will spend an evening each week in our salons, to build up your commercial experience.

Entry requirements

This Course is suitable for anybody over the age of 16.

You will need a full Level 2 qualification, a college reference and a successful interview.  Each candidate will be considered on their experience, suitability and previous course references showing good attendance and behaviour and a genuine interest in the beauty therapy industry. You will be interviewed as part of the College Welcome Event.  You will be required to complete a trade test.
In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The skills you are learning should be practised outside college in order to develop and progress, and your practical skills will be supplemented with theoretical study necessary to successfully complete the assessments.  You will also need to complete some form of work experience. You will need to set time aside at home to work on your portfolio.

The programme is assessed throughout the year in a number of ways:
• By demonstrating your practical competence on your peers in the college salon and in case studies to a level required in employment. You may also be encouraged to work on family, friends and fee paying clients in the college salon.
• Answering oral questions as part of the practical assessment to demonstrate your treatment knowledge and understanding
• Compiling a portfolio of work undertaken during the year
• Answering written questions and assignments set by your tutor
• Taking part in an externally moderated practical assignment – This may take place outside of your regular college hours.
• On-line testing

You may be required to provide clients for assessment as the college cannot guarantee client availability.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

On successful completion of Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy there are career opportunities to work in salons, health hydro/farms, department stores, and cruise liners. There is also the opportunity to progress onto higher education and also work on a self-employed basis. If you decide to continue your studies you could take additional qualifications in media make up, hairdressing, holistic therapy, fitness or a HNC/HND to widen your employment prospects.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Saturday 17th November 2018 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 22nd November 2018 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 7th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Saturday 9th February 2019 9:30am-12:30pm
Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2018
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