|VTCT Product Code: BT3D4||GLH: 0||Age Restriction: 16|
|Qualification Number: 601/6982/5||Units: 13||Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019|
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:
|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|
|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|
|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|
|UBT95M||M/507/5537||Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems||3||90|
|UBT97M||F/507/5543||Swedish massage therapy||3||70|
|UCO28M||L/507/5626||Health and safety in the salon||3||30|
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