Qualification Information

Sector: Beauty, Nails and Spa Category: General Beauty category
VTCT Product Code: BT3ED1 GLH: 475 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6976/X Units: 0 - 21 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2024
Level: 3

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Extended Diploma in Massage Therapies 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 massage 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 massage therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a massage therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health and safety in the salon
- Client care and consultation
- History and origins of massage therapies
- Swedish massage
- Stone therapy
- Indian head massage
- Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems
- Promote and sell products and services
- Contribute to the effective running of a business

This qualification will develop learners' knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, the history and origins of massage therapies and how to effectively contribute to the overall running of a business. Learners will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, whilst also providing a variety 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.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete five optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include (this list is not exhaustive): mechanical massage, holistic facial treatments, Thai stamp massage, body analysis, how to set up and run a new beauty business, social media marketing for a hair or beauty business, salon reception duties and managing a commercial column.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification is one of two VTCT technical level qualifications in massage therapies. In addition to this qualification there is the Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapies; both qualify learners to become massage therapists.

At 475 to 525 guided learning hours (GLH) the Extended Diploma 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 massage therapies, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

The Diploma at 370 GLH 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. 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 massage therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

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

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
- sports massage

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 massage 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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT3ED1.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3ED1 3
BT3ED1.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3ED1 3
BT3ED1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3ED1 3

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT100M M/507/5411 Indian Head Massage 3 50
UBT101M Y/507/5421 Stone therapy 3 50
UBT119M A/507/5458 Promote and sell products and services 3 25
UBT142M R/507/5496 Contribute to the effective running of a business 3 25
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
UBT96M A/507/5539 Swedish massage 3 50
UBT98M R/507/5546 History and origins of massage therapies 3 30
UCO28M L/507/5626 Health and safety in the salon 3 30

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT137X T/507/5491 Holistic facial treatments 3 30
UBT147X D/507/5503 Thai stamp massage 3 50
UBT92X H/507/5521 Body analysis 3 10
UBT99X D/507/5551 Mechanical massage 3 20
UCO29X D/507/5629 Salon reception duties 3 25
UCO30X Y/507/5631 Social media marketing for a hair or beauty business 3 25
UCO31X D/507/5632 Planning and implementing promotional activities 3 25
UCO32X T/507/5636 Managing a commercial column 3 25
UCO33X A/507/5637 How to set up and run a new hair or beauty business 3 25

*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
The Holistic Academy (Bedfordshire) 07501 111758 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Sir William Ramsay School 01494 815211 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Furness College 01229 825017 Visit website Cumbria
Heanor Gate Science College 01773 716396 Visit website Derbyshire
Lees Brook Community School - The Skills Academy 01332 671723 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Wolsingham School and Community College 01388 527302 Visit website Durham
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
Halls of Ivy Academy - Chelmsford 01708 766395 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
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
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 0800 0321986 Visit website Herefordshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Homewood School and Sixth Form Centre 01580 764222 Visit website Kent
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Salon Hijab Ltd T/A Salon Hijab Academy 020 8204 8833 Visit website London - Harrow
Sarahartistry 07903 864000 Visit website London - Redbridge
Southport College 01704 500606 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Shrewsbury Colleges Group 01743 342342 Visit website Shropshire
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Pioneer House 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Evesham College part of WCG 01386 712604 Visit website Worcestershire
Malvern Hills College part of WCG 01684 58471 Visit website Worcestershire