Qualification Information

Sector: Beauty, Nails and Spa Category: Spa Treatments
VTCT Product Code: AB30033 GLH: 502 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/8881/6 Units: 8 - 12 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 63

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 502 GLH.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy is to confirm your competence in the job role of spa therapist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a spa therapist.


The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a spa therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role.
This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however some of the spa treatments covered within this qualification are subject to age restrictions in certain regions, where local authority special treatment licensing applies. Employers are also mindful of the sensitive nature of spa treatments and due to this, the availability of spa therapy apprenticeships may be limited in some cases. For this reason, the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Spa Therapy is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real spa environment, and provide you with the opportunity to learn spa therapy skills, whilst working on real clients. It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a spa therapist including, mandatory units covering the following: body massage, stone therapy, body wrapping, monitoring and operating sauna, steam and hydrotherapy treatments, monitoring procedures in the salon and contributing to the planning of a promotional event.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: Indian head massage, and massage with pre-blended oils, face and body electrical treatments. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the job role of spa therapist.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care. You will also develop a range of technical skills in applying body wraps, massage using different techniques and the operation and testing of spa equipment. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a spa therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a spa therapist. Career opportunities as a spa therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in commercial destination spas and day spas
- Working in a commercial beauty salon or complementary therapy clinic
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in spa therapy at Level 3. Whilst both qualifications qualify you to become a spa therapist, this qualification requires you to work in a commercial spa whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa and Body Treatments has a purpose of preparing you to enter the spa therapy sector rather than confirming competence in a specific job role. The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa and Body Treatments allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients.

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose to confirm your competence as a spa therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 6 components and earn a minimum of 44 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UB300S2 H/600/9089 Monitor clients and the operation of sauna, steam and hydrotherapy treatments 3 7 59
UB300S3 D/600/9091 Provide body wrapping and flotation treatments 3 7 59
UB30B20 A/600/7462 Provide body massage treatments 3 10 79
UB30B28 J/600/7545 Provide stone therapy treatments 3 10 88
UG21G18 D/601/0936 Promote additional services or products to customers 2 6 40
UG31G22 Y/601/5875 Monitor procedures to safely control work operations 3 4 30

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 2 components and earn a minimum of 19 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UB30B13 Y/600/9090 Provide body electrical treatments 3 12 106
UB30B14 J/600/7562 Provide facial electrical treatments 3 12 106
UB30B23 D/600/7504 Provide Indian head massage 3 7 54
UB30B24 K/600/7523 Carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils 3 8 67
UG31G11 T/600/1272 Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business 3 4 26
UG31H32 R/600/1277 Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities 3 5 32

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Barnfield College 01582 569500 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Have Training 07787 532827 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Cheshire College - South & West 01270 654654 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Buxton and Leek College - Buxton Campus 01298 330620 Visit website Derbyshire
East Sussex College - Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Manchester International Beauty Academy 0161 850 9770 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College - Leigh Campus 01942 761452 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Wigston Campus 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
New College Stamford 01780 484300 Visit website Lincolnshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Selby College 01757 211000 Visit website North Yorkshire
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
North Shropshire College - Oswestry Campus 01691 688000 Visit website Shropshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
University College Birmingham 0121 604 1000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Your Beautique Training 0121 270 5855 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Yorkshire College of Beauty 0113 2509507 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
ISAS International Beauty School +91 7507985007 Visit website India
South Eastern Regional College - Downpatrick Campus 028 4461 5815 Visit website Newry, Mourne and Down
Beautiko College (PTY) Ltd +27 12 362 6571 Visit website South Africa
Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Menai 01248 370125 Visit website Gwynedd
Cardiff and Vale College - Barry Campus 01446 725000 Visit website Vale of Glamorgan
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham