Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB30494 GLH: 350 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8662/2 Units: 7 - 12 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 45

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (Make-Up) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up. This qualification is based on Habia National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is recognised by the UK's largest beauty therapy trade body/professional association, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK's second largest association representing beauty therapy employers; the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up.

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and builds on existing knowledge and understanding of beauty therapy gained at Level 2, enabling learners to expand the scope of their technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist including health and safety, client care and communication, fashion and photographic make-up and media make-up. These units are all mandatory.

Learners also have the opportunity to undertake optional units to enhance their range of practical skills such as face and body art, airbush make-up, camouflage make-up, mehndi skin decoration, applying prosthetic pieces, styling and fitting postiche and fantasy hair design.This qualification is comprised of four mandatory units and in order to be awarded the qualification, learners must also gain a minimum of 24 credits from units in the optional group.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Beauty salons
- Day spas
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios
- National Health Service
- Product manufacturing and training
- Destination/hotel spas
- HM Prison service
- Cruise liners
- Hospitals/care homes

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a beauty therapist; learners may choose to complement their knowledge and skills base by undertaking higher level qualifications in related areas such as:

- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 21 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30431 T/601/3566 Media make-up 3 7 60
UV30441 M/601/5509 Fashion and photographic make-up 3 7 66
UV30468 T/601/4457 Client care and communication in beauty-related industries 3 3 28
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 24 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20444 H/601/5491 Design and apply Mendhi skin decoration 2 4 34
UV30406 R/601/3932 Apply airbrush make-up to the face 3 4 27
UV30409 D/601/4355 Camouflage make-up 3 7 60
UV30436 R/601/5339 Style and fit postiche 3 7 60
UV30440 J/601/5466 Design and apply face and body art 3 6 51
UV30557 R/601/9441 Create and cast small prosthetic pieces and bald caps 3 6 40
UV30558 M/601/9432 Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps 3 6 40
UV30572 K/502/5624 Fantasy hair design for performers 3 10 60

*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
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Paragon Training Academy Limited 01582 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Eastern Shimmer Ltd 07736636007 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Stroud Campus 01453 763424 Visit website Gloucestershire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
The London School of Beauty & Aesthetics 020 8589 0103 Visit website London - Hillingdon
Evolve Academy Ltd 0161 457 0065 Visit website Manchester
York Learning - Joseph Rowntree School 07812 986555 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Barnsley College 01226 216710 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
EMD UK Ltd - Bradford 01274 945595 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
EMD UK Ltd 0113 249 4369 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey