Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: CT3D1 GLH: 0 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/6989/8 Units: 9 Registration End Date: 31st Dec 2019
Level: 3

Additional Information

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary 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 complementary therapist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

What does this qualification cover?

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

- Business practice for complementary therapies
- Principles and practice of complementary therapies
- Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies
- Provide body massage for complementary therapies
- Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies
- Provide reflexology for complementary therapies

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 set up a business and understands the principles and practices that influence complementary therapies, whilst providing a variety of massage and aromatherapy massage and reflexology therapies for complementary therapy. 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 most suitable for 16-19 year old learners who wish to become a practicing complementary therapist, providing body massage, aromatherapy and reflexology treatments.

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 and health and social care. Academic subjects that may complement this qualification include maths, English, biology and chemistry.

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), Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) was established by the Department of Health as the voluntary regulator within the Complementary Therapies sector. As a complementary massage therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- commercial salons
- spas
- massage clinics
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- cruise liners
- care homes
- National Health Service (NHS)
- hospice or respite care
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home based settings
- product manufacturing and training

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
- Reiki
- Shiatsu
- Alexander technique
- Yoga therapy
- Craniosacral 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 complementary 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
Complementary and Natural Healthcare Councilcnhc.org.uk
Federation of Holistic Therapistsfht.org.uk

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
CT3D1.EX1 External Examination 1 CT3D1 3
CT3D1.EX2 External Examination 2 CT3D1 3
CT3D1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment CT3D1 3

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 6 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCT1M K/507/5553 Business practice for complementary therapies 3 30
UCT2M T/507/5555 Principles and practice of complementary therapies 3 30
UCT3M F/507/5557 Knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology for complementary therapies 3 90
UCT4M J/507/5558 Provide body massage for complementary therapies 3 50
UCT5M F/507/5560 Provide aromatherapy for complementary therapies 3 80
UCT6M L/507/5562 Provide reflexology for complementary therapies 3 80

*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
Beauty Workshop Training 0118 978 6900 Visit website Berkshire - Wokingham
City of Bristol College - Ashley Down Centre 0117 312 5000 Visit website Bristol, City of
Positive Living School of Natural Therapies 07876 192 142 Visit website Bristol, City of
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Aylesbury College 01296 588588 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Have Training 07787 532827 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Peterborough Regional College 0845 872 8722 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Warrington & Vale Royal College - Hartford 01606 74444 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College - Tregye Campus 01872 267156 Visit website Cornwall
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Newton Rigg College 01768 893400 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
Infinity Training Academy 01530 812609 Visit website Derbyshire
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
City College Plymouth 01752 305300 Visit website Devon
Darlington College 01325 503072 Visit website Durham - Darlington
K2U Therapies Clinic & Training Academy 07855 175726 Visit website Durham - Darlington
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Sussex Downs College - Eastbourne Campus 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
Greater Brighton Metropolitan College 01273 667788 Visit website East Sussex - Brighton and Hove
Cheltenham School of Complementary Therapy & Beauty 01242 255440 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Stroud Campus 01453 763424 Visit website Gloucestershire
Bolton College 01204 482000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester School of Massage 0161 881 7171 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Beauty Academy - Manchester 0845 601 8272 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty 0161 236 7181 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Oldham College 0161 785 4070 Visit website Greater Manchester - Oldham
The Beauty Room 01257 400080 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
AHEd - Peter Symonds College 01962 886166 Visit website Hampshire
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360000 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Calming Influences Ltd 023 8040 6672 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
West London School of Beauty - South 020 8755 4855 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Herefordshire and Ludlow College 01432 352235 Visit website Herefordshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Reynolds Training Academy 01322 275807 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston Therapy Centre 07796 297071 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
South Leicestershire College 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy Ltd 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Enhance Training 020 8303 9222 Visit website London - Bexley
West London College 020 7565 1200 Visit website London - Hammersmith and Fulham
London Aesthetics and Training Academy 07507 608592 Visit website London - Redbridge
Nikki's Beauty Academy 020 8553 0868 Visit website London - Redbridge
Blackburne House 0151 709 4356 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
Essential Solutions School of Complementary Therapies 07910 332811 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216220 Visit website Oxfordshire
Shrewsbury Colleges Group 01743 342342 Visit website Shropshire
Elite Beauty Academy 07729 633758 Visit website Somerset
Strode College 01458 844400 Visit website Somerset
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
White Rose School of Health & Beauty - Barnsley 01226 786763 Visit website South Yorkshire - Barnsley
Doncaster College 01302 553553 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
The Sheffield College 0114 260 2600 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Industry Hair and Beauty Academy 01502 587219 Visit website Suffolk
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
Gateshead College 0191 490 2495 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Gateshead
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
West Midlands Nail and Beauty Academy 0121 794 0612 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Community Footprints Service 01922 325410 Visit website West Midlands - Walsall
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Central College of Health and Beauty - Leeds 0113 246 1966 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Kidderminster College 01562 512022 Visit website Worcestershire
Decorum 028 9122 6426 Visit website Ards and North Down
North East Scotland College - Fraserburgh Campus 0300 330 5550 Visit website Aberdeenshire
Edinburgh College - Granton Campus 0131 559 4050 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
Glasgow Clyde College - Cardonald Campus 0141 272 3333 Visit website Glasgow City
Glasgow Clyde College - Langside campus 0141 647 6300 Visit website Glasgow City
Bridgend College 01656 302302 Visit website Bridgend
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus 029 2025 0450 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Sir Gar - Graig Campus 01554 748000 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Coleg Cambria - Work Based Learning 01244 831531 Visit website Flintshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Menai 01248 370125 Visit website Gwynedd
Coleg Gwent - Newport Campus 01633 466000 Visit website Newport
Pembrokeshire College 01437 753000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
The College Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726000 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea
Coleg Gwent - Pontypool Campus 01495 333100 Visit website Torfaen
Cardiff and Vale College - Barry Campus 01446 725000 Visit website Vale of Glamorgan