Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This advanced level course is suitable for those wanting to expand their knowledge and skill set to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed Beauty Therapist.

Throughout this course, you will develop your understanding of anatomy, how to successfully promote and sell retail products and how to provide a diverse range of beauty treatments including Swedish massage, skin and body analysis and face and body electrical treatments.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Client care and consultation
  • Body analysis
  • Skin analysis
  • Swedish massage therapy
  • Body electrical treatments
  • Facial electrical treatments
  • Electrical science
  • Mechanical massage
  • Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by practical observations carried out within a realistic working environment, portfolio evidence, external examinations and a graded synoptic assessment at the end of the course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have successfully completed a level 2 Beauty Therapy qualification or equivalent.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated Adult Financial support page.

If you are aged 19 or over, you could also choose to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £25,725 per year. For more information, please visit our dedicated Advanced Learner Loan page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to progress on to the level 3 Diploma in Spa Massage Therapy, level 3 Diploma in Nail Technologies or FdA in Spa Therapies and Management.

Alternatively, you may wish to travel the world working on cruise ships, develop skills in a local salon or spa, embrace the rewards of retail sales or even grow your own business.

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for financial support to cover these costs.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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“Learning about a variety of beauty treatments and taking part in a work placement, has given me the confidence to secure a part-time position in a local salon.”

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