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This course is designed for 19+ adults and is most suited to learners who are seeking to advance in their profession or to become salon managers and/or salon owners.

The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy qualification will provide you with the knowledge and skills to develop your career within the beauty industry.

Learners will develop their communication and customer service skills as well as practical and commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. 

The course is scheduled over 1 day and 1 evening per week and will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons.

  • Sector Overview

    The beauty industry offers numerous opportunities for professionals with different specialities to start or advance their careers. If you have knowledge of cosmetic chemistry and skin biology and want to help people look and feel well, you may consider becoming a beauty therapist. It's one of the largest expanding industries within the Hair & Beauty Sector.

    The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambiance, from a cruise ship, through to small bespoke salons or luxury high end beauty salons and spas. A beauty therapist works independently or as part of a team supported by a manager.

  • Entry Requirements

    The entry requirements for this course are:

    • Beauty Therapy Level 2 qualification 

    You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications.

  • What will I study?

    This course consists of the following modules:

    • Monitor and maintain Health and Safety procedures in the salon
    • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
    • Working in beauty related industries
    • Provide body massage
    • Provide facial electro-therapy treatments
    • Provide body electro-therapy treatments

    There are several optional units which can be added to fulfil qualification requirements:

    • Apply individual permanent lashes
    • Apply microdermabrasion
    • Provide Indian head massage
    • Provide electrical epilation
    • Contribute to the effective running of business
    • Explore technological developments within the hair and beauty and associated areas
  • How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed via:

    • Continual assessment throughout the course
    • Written assignments
    • Written/online tests
    • Portfolios of collated study evidence

    Practical assessments are undertaken on paying clients and must be completed in a commercially acceptable timescale

    In addition to timetabled classes there is provision for independent study time. Learners will undertake independent learning, investigation and research and bring this to present and share in subsequent classes.

  • Enrichment

    To further enhance your progression, you will take part in trips and visits, such as Professional Beauty and Salon International. You will also have access to key employers that will deliver guest lectures to build your industry knowledge and create your future.

  • Work Experience

    You will be offered opportunities to actively engage with industry related employers and take part in experiential events to improve your personal development.

  • Progression opportunities

    The completion of this course will allow you to progress onto:

    • Laser & Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (IPL) Level 4
    • Employment
  • Alumni

    Waltham Forest College is a vibrant and aspirational college and will support you to reach your career aspirations. Last year 96% of learners progressed onto a positive destination either to higher levels of study, employment, or an Apprenticeship.

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