Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3D4 GLH: 0 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6982/5 Units: 13 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty 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 and/or self-employed beauty therapist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 2 qualification or equivalent in beauty therapy.

What does this qualification cover?


This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Client care and consultation
- Body analysis
- Skin analysis
- Swedish massage therapy
- Body electrical treatment
- Facial electrical treatment
- Electrical science
- Mechanical massage
- Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their 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 beauty treatments including Swedish massage, skin and body analysis and electrical science in order to make informed decisions for face and body electrical treatments. 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 beauty therapy. In addition to this qualification is the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy, both qualify learners to become beauty therapists.

At 380 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 470 to 570 GLH is 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 beauty therapies, 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 beauty therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- commercial salons
- destination/day spas
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- health farms
- cruise liners
- care homes
- airlines or hotel chains

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
- advanced beauty therapy

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 beauty 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:


NameWebsite address
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com




Qualification Structure

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
BT3D4.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3D4 3
BT3D4.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3D4 3
BT3D4.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3D4 3

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 10 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT102M H/507/5423 Electrical science 3 20
UBT103M F/507/5428 Facial electrical treatments 3 55
UBT104M A/507/5430 Body electrical treatments 3 55
UBT90M D/507/5517 Client care and consultation 3 20
UBT92M K/507/5519 Body analysis 3 10
UBT93M J/507/5530 Skin analysis 3 10
UBT95M M/507/5537 Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems 3 90
UBT97M F/507/5543 Swedish massage therapy 3 70
UBT99M H/507/5549 Mechanical massage 3 20
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.

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
True Beauty Training Academy 01753 644222 Visit website Berkshire - Slough
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Sir William Ramsay School 01494 815211 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Stanground Academy 01733 821430 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Riverside College Halton - Kingsway Campus 0151 257 2800 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
A.L.D. Hairdressing Training Academy 0191 477 7764 Visit website Durham
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Darlington College 01325 503072 Visit website Durham - Darlington
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
Sussex Coast College Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Sussex Downs College - Eastbourne Campus 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
Sussex Downs College - Lewes Campus 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Hair & Beauty Skills Academy 07805 170998 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy - Chelmsford College 01245 265611 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Southend Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Thurrock Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Thurrock
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Stroud Campus 01453 763424 Visit website Gloucestershire
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 Manchester College - Moston Campus 0161 920 4414 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The School of Nails and Make-up 0161 777 6926 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Cosmetic Couture Training 01618323236 / 07568394897 Visit website Greater Manchester - Salford
Stockport College 0161 296 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
Southampton City College 023 8057 7221 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 01432 352235 Visit website Herefordshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
East Kent College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Folkestone 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Reynolds Training Academy 01322 275807 Visit website Kent
The John Wallis Church of England Academy 01233 623465 Visit website Kent
The Towers School and 6th Form Centre 01233 653531 Visit website Kent
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Queens Beauty Academy - Alperton 07747 603333 Visit website London - Brent
Queens Beauty Academy Ltd 07747 603333 Visit website London - Camden
The Beauty Training Centre Ltd 07943 868678 Visit website London - Enfield
West London College 020 7565 1200 Visit website London - Hammersmith and Fulham
Salon Hijab Ltd T/A Salon Hijab Academy 020 8204 8833 Visit website London - Harrow
Institute of Dermal Sciences 01895 349008 Visit website London - Hillingdon
Layla's Beauty Hub 020 8514 6777 Visit website London - Newham
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
Nikki's Beauty Academy 020 8553 0868 Visit website London - Redbridge
Sharllete Aesthetics 07853 396767 Visit website London - Redbridge
Knowsley Community College 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Liverpool Hairdressing Academy 0151 428 6060 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
North Nottinghamshire College 01777 504504 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
The Oxford Academy 01865 774311 Visit website Oxfordshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 513333 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 362111 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
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
Affable Therapy Training Limited 020 8338 1212 Visit website Surrey
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
Kingston College 020 8268 2550 Visit website Surrey
The Academy of Hair 01483 346594 Visit website Surrey
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Coventry College (City Campus) 024 76 932932 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Dudley College of Technology 01384 363000 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Goldeneye Micropigmentation 01274 911890 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Dermace 0844 357 9200 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
Kirklees College - Dewsbury Centre 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Delta Academies Trust - Garforth Academy 0113 212 7141 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Kidderminster College 01562 512022 Visit website Worcestershire
Chloris Beauty Academy +91 987611900 Visit website India
De' Billiards Academy +91 9872825660 Visit website India
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
American Beauty Training Academy +353 21 234 8338 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
Peach & Sorrel Beauty Academy +356 2144 6640 Visit website Malta
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Utopia Academy 01834 860000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff