Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB30495 GLH: 306 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8664/6 Units: 6 - 8 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 35

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020


The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a massage therapist either as an employee or in a self-employed capacity. This qualification is based on Habia National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is recognised by the UK's largest beauty and complementary therapy trade body/professional association i.e. The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK's second largest association representing beauty and complementary therapy employers; the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a massage therapist.

This qualification has specifically been 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 in beauty salons, spas and other businesses or as a self-employed massage therapist.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a massage therapist including health and safety, client care and communication and body massage incorporating anatomy and physiology and client consultation skills. These units are all mandatory.

Learners also have the opportunity to undertake optional units to enhance their range of practical skills such as stone therapy, Indian head massage and massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils. Learners can also choose to undertake units in the theories and principles of massage or contributing to the effective running of a business. This qualification is comprised of three mandatory units and in order to be awarded the qualification, learners must also gain a minimum of 19 credits from units in the optional group.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a massage therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Beauty salons
- Day spas
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Destination/hotel spas
- HM Prison service
- Cruise liners

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a massage therapist; learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications in related therapies such as:

- VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 16 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30424 D/601/3559 Provide body massage 3 9 84
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 19 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30411 M/601/4358 Origins, principles and theories of massage 3 7 60
UV30425 Y/601/3558 Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils 3 7 65
UV30449 A/601/5500 Contribute to the effective running of business 3 3 30
UV30475 H/601/4454 Apply stone therapy massage 3 9 75
UV30574 D/601/4095 Provide Indian head massage 3 6 49

*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

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

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
North Gosforth Academy 0191 236 1700 Visit website England
Cedars Upper School 01525 219300 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Bedfordshire Beauty Academy 01582 451582 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Paragon Training Academy Limited 01582 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
SkinAstute Aesthetic & Beauty Training Academy 07852 169344 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Queen Katharine Academy 01733 383888 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Derby College 0800 028 0289 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
The White Rose School of Beauty and Complimentary Therapy 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Lotus Spa Centre 01626 369813 Visit website Devon
Bella Marie Training Academy 07817453787 Visit website Durham
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Ixion Holdings Ltd - Seaham 01245 505630 Visit website Durham
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Escala Beauty Academy 01702 555566 Visit website Essex
Halls of Ivy Academy - Chelmsford 01708 766395 Visit website Essex
Beauty Skills Academy (Southend) 01702 671215 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
All Saints' Academy 01242 711200 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 0800 0321986 Visit website Herefordshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
Westfield Academy 01923 231560 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Felicity Natural Beauty LTD 020 8450 7326 Visit website London - Brent
Terri Brooke College 02088593817 (shop - 020 8850 1717) Visit website London - Greenwich
Alison Angold Academy 07572 617340 Visit website London - Harrow
Halls of Ivy 01708 766395 Visit website London - Havering
The London School of Beauty & Aesthetics 020 8589 0103 Visit website London - Hillingdon
Y.O.U.R Beauty School 0208 698 0345 (opt. 1) Visit website London - Lewisham
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
The Powder Rooms Beauty Academy 07799730354 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
York Learning 01904 554288 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
York Learning - Joseph Rowntree School 07812 986555 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Beauty Oasis Training Centre 01934 642299 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Oracle Training Consultants Ltd - Doncaster 01302 813900 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
Interserve Learning and Employment (Services) Limited 0114 251 9210 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Newcastle-under-Lyme College 01782 715111 Visit website Staffordshire
Kingston College 020 8268 2550 Visit website Surrey
Barnardo's Employment and Training Skills North 0191 2963367 Visit website Tyne And Wear - North Tyneside
BCTG Ltd - Sutton Coldfield 01251 354 9264 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Scholars School System 020 7183 3647 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Solihull College 0121 678 7000 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Solihull College - Woodlands Campus 0121 678 7000 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Acacia Training Ltd - KGT site 01274 981240 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
EMD UK CIC 0113 249 4369 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Dewsbury Centre 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Elite Academy +353 868593695 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
CS Beauty Academy Wrexham 01978 846266 Visit website Wrexham