West Thames College London

Beauty Therapy - Level 3

This advanced course covers the practical and theoretical aspects of beauty therapy, including anatomy and phsiology, electrical facial and body treatments, indian head massage, body massage, hot stones massage and microdermabrasion. You will also learn about salon management and administration and health and safety.

Key course features


VTCT (VRQ) Level 3 Diploma

Level: Level 3

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 06 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Those aged 16-18 employed in the beauty industry who hold an NVQ Level 2 or equivalent, or students progressing from Level 2 who have achieved a high standard and have an excellent punctuality and attendance record.

About the course

You will learn through theory and practical classes, assignments, role plays, case studies, work experience, competitions, and reception duties. You will practise all treatments on students in the class prior to working on clients. The clients who visit our salons require a wide range of treatments and will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your practical skills, as all portfolio evidence and assessments must be performed on external paying clients.

You will study:

  • Electrical facial treatments
  • Electrical body treatments
  • Indian head massage
  • Hot stones massage
  • Body massage
  • Microdermabrasion for face and body
  • Salon management/administration and health and safety
  • Retail
  • Essential knowledge – anatomy and physiology
  • GCSE's or functional skills English and Maths and skills development.

For each unit you will perform practical skills, submit course work and sit on line end of unit tests.

Additional opportunities

You may have the opportunity to visit a major health and beauty exhibition and to take part in competitions.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous and consists of practical assessment, oral questions and online tests/homework. You will provide evidence to determine whether you have reached a level of competence. Written assessment papers will provide further evidence of your knowledge and understanding of the subject. The collation of the assessments will be contained in a portfolio which will contain all document feedback sheets, written assessment/projects/assignments.

You will collate all evidence in a portfolio, consisting of:

  • Performance evidence: This takes place in the practical class or workplace.
  • Oral questioning: The questions must relate to the practical performance.
  • Written questions: Written questions will form part of the supplementary evidence.
  • Working diary: Showing the range of treatments you have performed.
Where next?

Further your career as a beauty therapist and/or study part-time specialist courses.

Entry requirements

A merit or distinction in a relevant subject at Level 2 (NVQ or VTCT) with functional skills in English and maths. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to purchase a beauty kit and logbook (£18) and you may wish to purchase an optional new uniform (£39). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.
How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  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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