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Beauty Spa and Holistic Therapy Practice Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB125
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This Level 3 Spa and Holistic Practice course will give you the opportunity to develop beauty skills that focus on the knowledge and underlying principles and practical skills to provide a holistic approach to clients.

You will study body massage, stone therapy, learn body wrapping and floatation treatments.  You will learn to use aromatheraphy oils, leading brands such as Eve Taylor products and liaise with clients to ensure they have a positive experience at the Academy, our on campus commercial salon and treatment rooms.


What will I study?

The course will cover mandatory and optional units that will give specialist skills to progress your career options using the spa/holistic route in Beauty Therapy. Units Include:

  • Monitor procedures to safety control work operations
  • Promote additional services or products to clients
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide stone therapy treatments
  • Monitor clients and the operation of sauna, steam and hydrotherapy
  • Provide body wrapping and floatation treatments
  • Provide Indian Head Massage
  • Carry out massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils


Entry Requirements

Level 2 qualification in Beauty Therapy or other relevant industrial experience. For mature students alternative entry qualifications will be considered. Full attendance at all times is essential.

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments on models in a realistic working environment with industrial timings. Theory assessments can consist of online, paper based or assignments if appropriate to units undertaken.

What can I do next?

You will be able to progress to a Level 4 QCF qualification, Foundation Degree, a teaching qualification or into industry if you are successful in your studies.

If you want to progress to doing a teaching qualification, you will the three years' industry experience.


Your Study Programme

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Career Options


Aromatherapy is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) which uses essential oils to help improve emotional wellbeing and relieve the symptoms of ill health.

As an aromatherapist, you would need good communication skills for working with clients. You would also need the ability to understand the properties of a wide range of essential oils. If you are interested in helping people using complementary therapies, then this could be the career for you.

To practise as an aromatherapist, you will need insurance and membership of a professional body. To join a professional body, you will usually need to complete a course which meets the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Aromatherapy.???

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Massage Therapist

Massage therapists press, rub, and manipulate the muscles and soft tissues of the body to help relieve stress, tension and pain. As a massage therapist, you would use your skills to help people with sports injuries, to give relief to people with long-term health conditions, and to help clients with relaxation.

In this job you would need to be able to listen to clients and empathise with their health or emotional issues. If you are enthusiastic about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), and you want a job working with your hands, this career could be for you.

To work safely as a massage therapist, you will need to take an in-depth course of at least six months full-time or 12 months part-time. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship scheme if there is one available locally.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.