Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT3D7 GLH: 755 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/0236/7 Units: 26 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 3 Combined Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a Technical Level qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who are in a two year full-time 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 fully commercial beauty therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health safety and hygiene
- Consultation techniques and client care
- Manicure treatments
- Pedicure treatments
- Waxing services
- Facial treatments
- Skin type analysis
- Eyebrow shaping services
- Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
- Make-up applications
- Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists
- 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 spanning level 2 and level 3 treatments. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty services including facial treatments, skin analysis, manicure, pedicure, waxing, lash/brow treatments and make-up applications. In year two, learners will learn how to provide a range of level 3 therapies 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, team working and research skills will also be developed.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?


This qualification is one of three VTCT Technical Level qualifications in beauty therapy. In addition to the Combined Diploma in Beauty Therapy, there is the VTCT Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy; all three qualify learners to become beauty therapists.

The Level 3 Combined Diploma in Beauty Therapy at 978 Total Qualification Time (TQT) is the largest of the three and is most suitable for learners who wish to study for two years but 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 Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy at 492 TQT 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 Level 3 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy at 609 TQT 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 beauty therapies, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills. Learners may wish to progress from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.

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
- airline 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
- sports therapy

Who supports this qualification?


This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical level category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. 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
Federation of Holistic TherapistsFHT.org.uk
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com



Qualification Structure

Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 5 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT3D7.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3D7 3
BT3D7.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3D7 3
BT3D7.EX3 External Examination 3 BT3D7 3
BT3D7.EX4 External Examination 4 BT3D7 3
BT3D7.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3D7 3



Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 21 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
UBT193M R/615/0644 Consultation techniques and client care 2 30
UBT194M Y/615/0645 Facial treatments 2 50
UBT195M H/615/0647 Skin type analysis 2 10
UBT196M K/615/0648 Manicure treatments 2 40
UBT197M M/615/0649 Pedicure treatments 2 40
UBT198M H/615/0650 Waxing services 2 50
UBT199M K/615/0651 Eyebrow shaping services 2 20
UBT200M M/615/0652 Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services 2 20
UBT201M T/615/0653 Make-up applications 2 40
UBT202M L/615/0948 Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists 2 45
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
UCO34M Y/615/0807 Health, safety and hygiene 2 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

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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
Acacia Training Ltd – Crewe 01270 626236 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Progress to Excellence Limited - Crewe 07753453425 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Abacus Training Group - Newhaven 01273 584002 Visit website East Sussex
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
The Southern School of Beauty Therapy 023 9225 6375/ 077 9509 6825 Visit website Hampshire