Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB30495 GLH: 306 - 341 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8664/6 Units: 6 - 8 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2018
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 35

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage) (QCF) 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 (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy (QCF)

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
Diva Training Academy +357 99 423207 Visit website Cyprus
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
Chic Beauty Academy 07546 425511 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
SkinAstute Training Academy 07491 922445 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
Peterborough Regional College 0845 872 8722 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Queen Katharine Academy 01733 383888 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Stanground Academy 01733 821430 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Sylvia Hodge College of Health and Beauty 01925 652502 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy - Derby 01332 342767 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Progress to Excellence Limited - Derby 1 & 2 01462 488218 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Holistic Therapies Training 01237 423006 Visit website Devon
Lotus Spa Centre 01626 369813 Visit website Devon
Chic Beauty Academy - Darlington 07546 425511 Visit website Durham - Darlington
3FIFTY3 Ltd 07498 403977 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Sussex Downs College - Lewes Campus 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Beautec Beauty Academy 020 3384 8427 Visit website Essex
Beautec Beauty Academy - 2 020 3384 8427 Visit website Essex
Escala Beauty Academy 01702 555566 Visit website Essex
Southend Nail and Beauty School 01702 619949 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
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
Chic Beauty Academy - Manchester 07546 425511 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 234 4654 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Beauty Academy - Manchester 0845 601 8272 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Metis Beauty and Nail Training 07841 621940 Visit website Hampshire
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 01432 365235 Visit website Herefordshire
Westfield Academy 01923 231560 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
The Towers School and 6th Form Centre 01233 653531 Visit website Kent
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
The Beauty Training Centre Ltd 07943 868678 Visit website London - Enfield
Terri Brooke College 020 8850 1717 Visit website London - Greenwich
Alison Angold Academy 07572 617340 Visit website London - Harrow
Halls of Ivy Beauty Academy & DABD 01708 766395 Visit website London - Havering
UK Beauty Schools Ltd - Essex 01708 369055 Visit website London - Havering
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy - London 07561 012106 Visit website London - Newham
Progress to Excellence Limited - London 01462 488218 Visit website London - Newham
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
Sharllete Aesthetics 07853 396767 Visit website London - Redbridge
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Kelsi Training Academy 0151 525 2250 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Birkenhead Sixth Form College 0151 652 5575 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Central College of Health and Beauty Harrogate 01423 527994 Visit website North Yorkshire
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
York Learning 01904 554288 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
York Learning - Joseph Rowntree School 07812 986555 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
Chic Beauty Academy - Nottingham 07913 382011 Visit website Nottinghamshire
North Nottinghamshire College 01777 504504 Visit website Nottinghamshire
City College Nottingham 0115 910 1455 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Beauty Oasis Training Centre 01934 642299 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Health Academics 01934 713625 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme College 01782 715111 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Dynica Beauty Academy 01480 301427 Visit website Suffolk
Affable Therapy Training Limited 020 8338 1212 Visit website Surrey
Kingston College 020 8268 2550 Visit website Surrey
The Academy of Hair 01483 346594 Visit website Surrey
Seaton Burn College 0191 236 1700 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Newcastle upon Tyne
Chic Beauty Academy - Birmingham 07546 425511 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Chic Beauty Academy - Bradford 07546 425511 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 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
EMD UK Ltd 0113 249 4369 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Sidri International Academy for Beauty and Health Sciences +91 8860333825 Visit website India
Sidri International Academy for Skin, Hair and Nutrition +91 7838963383 Visit website India
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
Peach & Sorrel Beauty Academy +356 2144 6640 Visit website Malta
CS Beauty Academy Wrexham 01978 846266 Visit website Wrexham