Qualification Information

Sector: Beauty, Nails and Spa Category: General Beauty category
VTCT Product Code: BT3ED4 GLH: 470 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6983/7 Units: 0 - 28 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
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 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.

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): individual eyelash extensions, false eyelash applications, spa pedicure, spa manicure, manual tan application, gel polish for nails, salon reception duties, planning and implementing promotional activities, managing a commercial column and electrical epilation.

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 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, both qualify learners to become beauty therapists.

At 470 to 570 guided learning hours (GLH), the Extended Diploma 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.

The Diploma at 380 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 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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT3ED4.EX1 External Examination 1 BT3ED4 3
BT3ED4.EX2 External Examination 2 BT3ED4 3
BT3ED4.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT3ED4 3

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT107X H/507/5437 Spa pedicure 3 30
UBT108X M/507/5439 Spa manicure 3 30
UBT117X M/507/5456 Gel polish for nails 3 10
UBT119X F/507/5462 Promote and sell products and services 3 25
UBT123X K/507/5472 Individual eyelash extensions 3 20
UBT136X M/507/5487 Electrical epilation 3 70
UBT139X J/507/5494 Male intimate waxing 3 30
UBT140X L/507/5495 Female intimate waxing 3 30
UBT146X Y/507/5502 Manual tan application 3 20
UBT153X T/507/5507 Spray tanning 3 20
UBT87X J/507/5513 False eyelash application 2 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

*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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Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Sir William Ramsay School 01494 815211 Visit website Buckinghamshire
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
City College Plymouth 01752 305300 Visit website Devon
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Chelmsford College 01245 265611 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Beauty Skills Academy (Southend) 01702 671215 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
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
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
Stockport College 0161 296 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
Trafford College (Altrincham Campus) 01618867046 Visit website Greater Manchester - Trafford
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 0800 0321986 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
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Kent Sports Academy Limited 01233 641000 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Medway Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent - Medway
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
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
Queens Academy London - Alperton 07747 603333 Visit website London - Brent
Layla's Beauty Hub 020 8514 6777 Visit website London - Newham
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Telford College 01952 642200 Visit website Shropshire - Telford and Wrekin
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Suffolk New College 01473 382200 Visit website Suffolk
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education 01483 448500 Visit website Surrey
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
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 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Goldeneye Micropigmentation 01274 911890 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Kirklees College - Pioneer House 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Kidderminster College 01562 512022 Visit website Worcestershire
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire