Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB30496 GLH: 329 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8663/4 Units: 6 - 9
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 39

Additional Information


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy Studies is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a spa therapist. This qualification is based on Habia National Occupational Standards (NOS). This qualification is recognised by the UK's largest beauty/spa therapy trade body/professional association, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and also the UK's second largest association representing spa/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 spa 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 as a spa therapist.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a spa therapist including health and safety, client care and communication, providing spa treatments such as hydrotherapy, body wraps wet flotation and dry flotation as well has how to operate, monitor and maintain the spa area including sauna and steam other equipment. These units are all mandatory.

Learners also have the opportunity to undertake optional units to enhance their range of practical skills such as body massage, massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils, body electrotherapy, stone therapy and Indian head massage.The qualification is comprised of four mandatory units and in order to be awarded the qualification, learners must also gain a minimum of 20 credits from units in the optional group.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities as a spa 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 spa therapist; learners may choose to complement their skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications in related areas such as:

- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 19 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30447 D/601/4212 Monitor and maintain spa area 3 5 45
UV30448 K/601/4116 Provide spa treatments 3 7 48
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 2 components and earn a minimum of 20 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30404 K/601/3953 Provide body electrotherapy treatments 3 11 104
UV30424 D/601/3559 Provide body massage 3 9 84
UV30425 Y/601/3558 Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils 3 7 65
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

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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
Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy 01928 711643 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Lincoln College 01522 876000 Visit website 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
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
ISAS International Beauty School +91 7507985007 Visit website India
Rafflesia Academy +60 12 833 1193 Visit website Malaysia
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff