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Beauty Therapy (Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma) — Full-time

Course outline

This course is perfect if you are looking to pursue a career in a specialist environment such as in a day spa, on a cruise liner, or in a dedicated facility in a high-end hotel.

This course provides a great foundation for a career in spa management or progression on to university.

Beauty therapists work in close contact with clients from different age groups and backgrounds. Good social and interpersonal skills, discretion and respect for others are important characteristics. You will also need to have physical stamina as you are often on your feet all day.

You’ll learn a range of advanced beauty techniques, such as:

  • Body massage
  • Stone therapy massage
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Facial electrotherapy treatments.

You’ll also cover:

  • Client care
  • Consultation
  • Health and safety
  • Sales of products and services

The Programme of Study (PoS) will give you the opportunity to not only gain work specific knowledge and skills but will provide an opportunity to carry out 30 hours of work placement related to your course. You will also be engaging in enrichment activities that include the development of those wider skills which are vitally important when working in industry. These include problem solving, communication, teamwork, collaboration and following instructions all of which are required when working in industry.

You will also have a pastoral tutorial which will cover current topics including PREVENT, British Values, keeping safe, to name but a few. In addition, you will also have a personal tutor which will set academic targets to keep you on track to achieve.

You can expect a dedicated team of lecturers who still work in the industry, so have up to date skills and experience.

This will be a hands-on learning experience to ensure you get a solid grounding in the main beauty therapy techniques, using high quality products. You will be expected to work in a commercial salon carrying out treatments on paying clients.

Practical skills will be assessed when carrying out treatments on paying clients which will be mapped against the City & Guilds grading criteria of Pass, Merit, or Distinction.

This qualification will also help you improve communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills, all of which are valued

You’ll need to complete a work experience placement as part of your course.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
Stoney Street

Start: Monday 2nd September 2024

Course code: C018626 / Q018627


City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

You must have 5 GCSEs at grades 9-4 (A*-C) including Maths and English, and a relevant Level 2 qualification in beauty.

All students must undertake and pass a practical dexterity test prior to enrolment to ensure you are suitable for this course.

If you are a progressing student, you must have achieved 90% attendance and passed a relevant Level 2 course. Please speak to your tutor regarding your progression options.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed through practical observations, assignments, portfolio, and theory-based online tests.


You’ll need to have completed a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification in a related field and have achieved English and Maths at grade 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths.

Students aged 19+ without evidence of English and maths qualifications will complete an initial assessment. Results will need to reflect a grade 4 in English and Maths

All students must undertake and pass a practical dexterity test prior to enrolment to ensure you are suitable for this course.

If you are a progressing student, you must also have achieved 90% attendance and successfully completed and passed your previous course. Please speak to your tutor regarding your progression options.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit and uniform. Costs will be discussed at interview.

You are not permitted to have nail extensions or nails that are past the tips of your fingers and hair must be tied up in a bun if below shoulder. Above shoulder hair must be secured away from your face.

You may be required to provide your own models.

Please note your timetable may include one late evening.

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

Nottingham College is proud to have been recognised as a Ragdale Hall Spa College of Excellence.