Diploma in Beauty, Massage and Electrotherapy


Level 3 (RQF) NQF IE Level 5


3 - 4 days per week

Timetable: 09:30 - 16:00 Monday - Thursday

Aims and objectives

This includes training in Skin Care and Eye treatments, Make Up for Day to Evening to Bridal, Manicure & Pedicures, Waxing, Facial Electrical Treatments for muscle stimulation and retraining, Galvanism for Deep Cleansing & Skin Hydration, Vacuum Suction for Deep Cleansing, High Frequency for Relaxation, Hydration and skin healing, Holistic Massage for face & body, Anatomy & Physiology and Indian Head Massage.


This qualification is for learners who want to work within the beauty industry. The qualification consists of 9 mandatory units with a total of 850 hours of Guided Learning (GL) to achieve the full qualification. The main skills the learner will perform are:

  • Care of the skin – to include consultation, skin analysis, cleansing, exfoliation, facial massage and the use of face masks
  • Care of the eyebrows and eyelashes – to include shaping and lash and brow tinting
  • Application of all make-up products – to include recognition of face shapes and corrective
  • make-up
  • Care of the hands and feet – to include nail care, exfoliation, massage and nail painting
  • Waxing – to include removal of hair using hot and cool wax methods
  • Facial electrical treatments – to include preparing the client, checking the contra-indications and setting up and using brush cleanse, micro-current, high frequency, faradic, galvanic, vacuum suction and heat treatment
  • Indian head massage – to include the use of techniques such as classical Indian head massage movements, massage mediums and adapting the treatment to meet the client’s specific treatment needs
  • Holistic massage techniques – to include selecting a suitable massage medium for the client’s skin type, classical massage movements and adapting the treatment to the client’s specific needs The learner will also develop knowledge of related health and safety, client care, communication and professional conduct and business awareness which are essential to working and being successful in the beauty industry.

This qualification also provides:

  • The related knowledge and understanding required to perform the beauty treatments listed above as well as understanding the structures that the learner will be working over. In particular recognition of the skin types, skin and nail diseases, the anatomy and physiology of the face and body and common diseases and disorders that may affect whether a client should or should not be treated
  • Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of the wider skills in a beauty therapy setting, such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem solving
  • Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as a beauty therapist

Why choose Level 3 Diploma in Beauty, Massage and Electrotherapy?

  • This qualification combines the range of skills and knowledge for the learner seeking employment or self-employment as a beauty therapist at levels 2 and 3
  • This qualification enables the learner to become multi-skilled which is required for employment in the beauty industry
  • This qualification is listed in the Ofqual Register of Qualifications
  • This qualification contains all skills and knowledge required for employability at level 2 and 3
  • This qualification does not form part of an Apprenticeship

Opportunities for Progression

Once learners have achieved the VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Diploma in Beauty, Massage and Electrotherapy they may progress on to other VTCT (ITEC) or equivalent qualifications at Level 2, 3 or 4 for example:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Hair, Photographic and Media Make-up
  • Level 3 Diploma in Body Treatments
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Make-up
  • Level 3 Award in Micro-pigmentation Treatment
  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin Peeling
  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin needling
  • Level 4 Certificate in Radio Frequency
  • Level 4 Certificate in Ultrasound

Opportunities for Employment

There are opportunities for a beauty therapist to find employment in a variety of areas:

  • Beauty salons
  • Hotels
  • Health clubs
  • Spas
  • Own business
  • Cruise liners
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