Qualification Information

Sector: Complementary Therapy Category: Complementary Therapy
VTCT Product Code: BT3C9 GLH: 140 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/7633/7 Units: 4 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 17

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020


The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 140 GLH.

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage is a vocational qualification aimed at learners aged 16+ who want to study this subject on a flexible basis.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although it is likely that learners will hold associated level 2 or 3 equivalent qualifications in similar or complementary subjects.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage is to prepare you to enter the hairdressing; beauty and complementary therapy sector as a specialist massage therapist, with the specific skill of providing Indian head massage treatments. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the role of a specialist massage therapist.

What does this qualification cover?

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage is a vocationally related qualification that will prepare you to provide Indian head massage treatments to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to provide your own services for clients.

This is a vocationally related qualification and includes all the required elements to develop your practical skills. The four mandatory units include the practical and theoretical knowledge required to provide Indian head services and monitoring and maintaining health and safety practices in the salon, to ensure all treatments are carried out with health and safety as a priority. The two remaining mandatory units provide the wider skills required to be a successful therapist of client care and communication in beauty-related industries and promote and sell product s and services. Both of these units address the need for a successful therapist to understand the importance of retail and client care.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in Indian head Massage at level 3. Whilst both qualifications will qualify you to become a specialist Indian head massage therapist this qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic or real working environment without the need for real paying clients. In contrast, the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Award in Indian Head Massage requires you to work in a commercial environment whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for a role as a specialist massage therapist in the hair, beauty or complementary therapy sector in a variety of contexts:
- Complementary therapy clinic
- Beauty salon
- Hair salon
- Independent/mobile/home-based settings
- Day spa or destination spa

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification has been reviewed by The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) who have confirmed that this qualification is fit for purpose and will enable learners to undertake a specific job role with a hairdressing, beauty therapy or complementary therapy employer. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 17 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
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
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
The Diaspora Community Projects t/a Institute of Dermal Sciences 07881667640 Visit website England
Sapphire Hair And Beauty Academy 01767 601909 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
The Holistic Academy (Bedfordshire) 07501 111758 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
SkinAstute Aesthetic & Beauty Training Academy 07852 169344 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Holistic Beauty Academy 07876 680133 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Beauty Workshop at Home Cottage 07801 654 233 (0118 978 6900) Visit website Berkshire - Wokingham
Mendip School of Mind and Body Work 01225 753061 Visit website Bristol, City of
Red Barn Training 07877 356600 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Have Training 07787 532827 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Greenhouse Therapies 01244 637851 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
Devine Cosmetics Training Academy 07799 920203 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
Cornwall College - St Austell Campus 01726 226746 Visit website Cornwall
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Polished Nails and Beauty Training - Cumbria 07745 186058 Visit website Cumbria
Heanor Gate Spencer Academy 01773 716396 Visit website Derbyshire
Infinity Training Academy 02392983223 Visit website Derbyshire
Achievement Training 01752 202266 Visit website Devon
Holistic Therapies Training Academy 01237 472109 Visit website Devon
Weymouth College 01305 761100 Visit website Dorset
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
B-Skill@Brown Sugar College 0191 2306690 Visit website East Riding of Yorkshire - Kingston upon Hull
Brighton Holistics 01273 672690 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Sussex School of Natural Therapies 07906 140674 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited 01245505667 Visit website Essex
Cheltenham School of Complementary Therapy & Beauty 01242 255440 Visit website Gloucestershire
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
Worsley College 0161 631 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester School of Massage 0161 881 7171 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Full Spectrum Centre Limited 0161 711 0658 / 07734 255 666 Visit website Greater Manchester - Tameside
The Sun and Beauty Rooms Training Academy 01942 221511 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Calming Influences Ltd 023 8040 6672 Visit website Hampshire
Cottage Training Centre 01489 574446 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy - Portsmouth 023 9207 0949 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Herts Academy of Beauty Limited 01920 449725 Visit website Hertfordshire
Holistic and Beauty Training @ The Rooms 07946 521266 Visit website Hertfordshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Beauty Academy Sevenoaks 07851 296649 Visit website Kent
Beauty Spot Training 01795 534989 Visit website Kent
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Prestige Beauty and Complementary Therapy Training 01795 533666 Visit website Kent
Reynolds Training Academy 01322 275807 Visit website Kent
The Folkestone Academy 01303 842400 Visit website Kent
Whitstable Beauty School 07851 996 952 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Deep Training Academy 01254 822832 Visit website Lancashire
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
Waltham International College ltd 020 7018 0430 Visit website London - Barking and Dagenham
West London Beauty Academy 0208 795 3313 Visit website London - Brent
College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London - Enfield Centre 020 8442 3051 Visit website London - Enfield
Naillounge Training 07487 292699 Visit website London - Enfield
Benjawan Thai Massage 020 7281 8035 Visit website London - Haringey
Alison Angold Academy 07572 617340 Visit website London - Harrow
Beauty Training Harrow 020 8206 2930 Visit website London - Harrow
London College of Excellence Training Limited - London 0121 448 5886 Visit website London - Hillingdon
Beautiful World Training Academy Hanworth 02034902815 Visit website London - Hounslow
LHAA / LBTA 020 8953 9344 Visit website London - Hounslow
M.D Massage Training Centre 07950846748 Visit website London - Kensington and Chelsea
Beautiful World Training Academy 02034902815 Visit website London - Richmond upon Thames
NJ BEAUTY ACADEMY 020 3287 8914 Visit website London - Tower Hamlets
Ray Cochrane Beauty School 020 7486 6291 Visit website London - Westminster
The London School of Beauty and Make-up 02077769766 Visit website London, City of
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 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
The Powder Rooms Beauty Academy 07799730354 Visit website North Yorkshire - Middlesbrough
Essential Solutions School of Complementary Therapies 07910 332811 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Telford College 01952 642200 Visit website Shropshire - Telford and Wrekin
Elite Beauty Academy 07729 633758 Visit website Somerset
The Zahara College 07595 752704 Visit website Somerset
Innovative Training 07710578989 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East 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
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Hart Training 07825 285688 Visit website Staffordshire
Escape Beauty Rooms and Training 01473805140 Visit website Suffolk
bodyNsoul Beauty Salon & Training Centre 01276 36866 Visit website Surrey
Omni Academy 01932 232322 Visit website Surrey
Professional Beauty Training 01737 357997 Visit website Surrey
Barnardo's Employment and Training Skills North 0191 2963367 Visit website Tyne And Wear - North Tyneside
Leamington College, part of Warwickshire College Group 01926 318000 Visit website Warwickshire
BCTG Ltd - Sutton Coldfield 01251 354 9264 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
London College of Excellence Training Limited - King Standing 0121 4485886 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
London College of Excellence Training Limited 0121 448 5886 Visit website West Midlands - Walsall
Aspire Sussex - The Training Studio 01444 810710 Visit website West Sussex
Aspire Sussex Ltd - Burgess Hill 01444 810710 Visit website West Sussex
Chichester College - Chichester Campus 01243 786321 Visit website West Sussex
Freedom Therapies Training 01243 841174 Visit website West Sussex
Learning Curve Group 01388 777129 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Institute of Healing 01422 845866 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
Acacia Training Ltd - Batley 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
EMD UK CIC 0113 249 4369 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Pathway First Ltd t/a Pathway Group 01924 420010 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
A 2 Zen 01924 763433 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
True Beauty Academy 01924 609876 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
The Holistic Academy 07762 845888 Visit website Wiltshire
Therapy Courses 01722 711603 Visit website Wiltshire
Green Labyrinth Training - Swindon 01793 236245 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Drift Away - Bewdley 07972 593065 Visit website Worcestershire
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Euro Chroma Institute of Cosmetology +91 1141615040 Visit website India
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
The Beauty Lounge +91 8146422355 Visit website India
Bali BISA (Bali International Spa Academy) +62 361 281 289 Visit website Indonesia
Coco College of Beauty Therapy +353 214878717 Visit website Ireland
Elite Academy +353 868593695 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
University College Isle of Man 01624 648208 Visit website Isle of Man
Southern Regional College - Lurgan Campus 0300 123 1223 Visit website Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon
Ardoyne Shankill Health Partnership 028 9075 6638 Visit website Belfast
South Eastern Regional College - Lisburn Campus 028 9266 7725 Visit website Lisburn and Castlereagh
Academy Hair and Beauty Training School - Newry 028 3025 7949 Visit website Newry, Mourne and Down
Energise Therapies Training Academy - Glasgow 07889 815165 Visit website Glasgow City
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
Beautiko College (PTY) Ltd +27 12 362 6571 Visit website South Africa
KZN Beauty Training Institute +27 31 8280464 Visit website South Africa
Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
In The Pink Therapies And Training 07740 774590 Visit website Caerphilly
West Shires School of Complementary Health 01267 231212 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Llandrillo 01492 546666 Visit website Conwy
Browns & Co Training Academy 01745888606 Visit website Denbighshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Menai 01248 370125 Visit website Gwynedd
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
In The Pink Therapies And Training (Risca) 07740774590 Visit website Newport
HB Training Wales Ltd 01437 765597 Visit website Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire College 01437 753000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
NPTC Group - Newtown College 0845 408 6200 Visit website Powys
Mi:Skin Beauty Limited 01443 303034 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham