Level 3 Diploma in Spa Therapy (Learning for Life)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This course is suitable for those who wish to expand their skills and knowledge and pursue a career as an employed spa therapist.

You will develop your understanding of anatomy and physiology, how to successfully promote and sell retail products, how to provide cover massage, heat and hydrotherapy, body wrapping, holistic facial, manicure and pedicure processes, as well as understand the history and origins of massage therapies.

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:

  • Body wraps
  • Steam, sauna and hydrotherapy
  • Spa pedicure
  • Spa manicure
  • Promote and sell products and services
  • Holistic facial treatments
  • Client care and consultation
  • Anatomy and physiology for the face and body systems
  • Swedish massage
  • History and origins of massage therapies
  • Health and safety in the salon

There is also an opportunity to complete additional units including, Thai stamp massage, stone therapy and Indian head massage.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through ongoing practical observations carried out within a realistic working environment, portfolio evidence, external examinations and a graded synoptic assessment.

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?

If you are an adult student aged 19 or over, 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 £25,000 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 necessary skills and knowledge to enter employment. You may choose to work in a day spa, luxury hotel, at home and abroad in resorts, cruise liners or even health clubs.

Alternatively, you might decide to continue your studies at a higher level by progressing on to the FdA in Spa Therapies and Management.

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.

Ref: Jade Johnson



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Develop your creativity and skills in our modern, commercial beauty salon and spa, The Lounge. 

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