West Thames College London

Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy - Advanced

In the UK there are 4,800 beauty salons and 36,000 hairdressing salons – 5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments (particularly those in hotels and leisure centres). There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons, spa facilities and beauty therapy salons offering an extended range of services.

This 12 month apprenticeship is designed for those who want to advance their role to a Beauty, Massage or Spa Therapist.

Depending on the pathway followed and level achieved, learners completing an apprenticeship will undertake roles such as: senior Beauty therapist, Spa Therapist, Electrolysist, Masseur/ Masseuse (Advanced Level), Holistic Therapist.

Key course features


VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Level: Level 3

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 01 August 2015

Who is this course for?

For those who want to advance their beauty therapist role and become a senior Beauty Spa Therapist, Electrolysist, Masseur/ Masseuse (Advanced Level) or Holistic Therapist.

About the course

You will study:

Mandatory units:

  • Provide body electrical treatments
  • Provide facial electrical treatments
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide electrical epilation treatments
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

Optional units:

  • Hot stones massage
You will also complete courses in:
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Mathematics functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.
How will I be assessed?

To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF) - to achieve this qualification a minimum of 54 credits must be achieved. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensue you meet the minimum national standards.

Workskills: Edexcel Level 2 Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)
The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

Where next?

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, it is possible to continue on to a Level 4 qualification for example in Physiology or complete a foundation degree. This qualification also opens up a wide range of career progression routes including salon owner, senior therapist, working for a production company as a technician, working on a cruise liner or in a spa.

Entry requirements

NVQ or VTCT (VRQ) Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy and a good general education.

For the advanced Apprenticeship programme you should be 16 years old or over and working in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to:

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene
  • Practical, organisational and social skills
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness
  • An amicable nature and good communication skills for dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination

Potential apprentices with a predisposition to skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some chemicals, liquids and aerosols used may have a significant effect on their health condition.

Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in artificial colouring products and services, since makeup application and nail services require the ability to recognise tones, shades and changes in a range of colours.

How to apply?

Please view our current live vacancies and apply today.

Alternatively to register your interest in this apprenticeship click on the button below and complete the form.


  1. Alina Hazraty

    Level 3 Beauty Therapy

    Alina Hazraty

    "The teaching is really good and the teachers are so helpful. Last year I did ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] support and it really improved my English. The client sessions have been really good. The practice has helped me to remember everything."

  2. Jolita Stiklakiene

    Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma

    Jolita Stiklakiene

    “I was really nervous about returning to study, but now I feel so much more confident in what I’m doing. The teachers have been really fantastic, friendly, supportive and helpful. I really enjoyed the course and really love the college, so I’ve decided to come back in September to do the Level 3. I’ve had the best time at this college.”

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