|VTCT Product Code: BT3D2||GLH: 410||Age Restriction: 16|
|Qualification Number: 601/6977/1||Units: 14|
Documentation for this qualification last amended 04 December 2019
Statement of purpose
Who is this qualification for?
The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy is a technical level qualification aimed at 16-18 learners who are in a full-time Level 3 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed spa therapist.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although it is likely that learners will hold a Level 2 beauty therapy or equivalent qualification.
What does this qualification cover?
This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for spa therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a spa therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:
- Health and safety in the salon
- Client care and consultation
- Steam, sauna and hydrotherapy
- Body wraps
- History and origins of massage therapies
- Swedish massage
- Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems
- Holistic facial treatments
- Spa pedicure
- Spa manicure
- Promote and sell products and services
This qualification is dedicated entirely to the skills and attributes required to gain successful employment as a spa therapist. Learners will develop the knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, provide a range of treatments that cover massage, heat and hydrotherapy, body wrapping, holistic facial, manicure and pedicure processes, as well as understand the history and origins of massage therapies. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.
Why is this qualification the most suitable?
This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in spa therapy. In addition to this qualification there is the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Spa Therapy, both qualify learners to become spa therapists.
At 410 guided learning hours (GLH), the Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel.
The Extended Diploma at 515 to 610 GLH is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on spa therapy, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills. Learners may wish to progress from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.
Which subjects might complement this qualification?
As a service-sector qualification, vocational subjects which may complement this qualification include, customer service, business studies and management, marketing, retail, fashion and photography. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, art and design, design and technology and science.
What could this qualification lead to?
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a spa therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:
- commercial salons
- health farms
- destination/day spas
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- cruise liners
Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:
- salon management
- holistic therapies
- specialist beauty treatments
Who supports this qualification?
This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).
This qualification has been submitted to the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2016, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2018 16-19 performance tables
This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the spa therapy sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.
This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:
|British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology||babtac.com|
Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|BT3D2.EX1||External Examination 1 BT3D2||3|
|BT3D2.EX2||External Examination 2 BT3D2||3|
|BT3D2.SYN||Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3D2||3|
Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 11 units and earn a minimum of credits.
|Unit Code||Unit Ref||Unit Title||Level||Credits||GLH|
|UBT106M||L/507/5433||Steam, sauna and hydrotherapy||3||45|
|UBT119M||A/507/5458||Promote and sell products and services||3||25|
|UBT137M||M/507/5490||Holistic facial treatments||3||30|
|UBT90M||D/507/5517||Client care and consultation||3||20|
|UBT95M||M/507/5537||Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems||3||90|
|UBT98M||R/507/5546||History and origins of massage therapies||3||30|
|UCO28M||L/507/5626||Health and safety in the salon||3||30|
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