FdA Spa Therapies and Management (Full-time) - 2018 Entry

Clearing places available for September

Reasons to study Spa Therapies and Management

  • Enhance your employability by completing the level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy or Reflexology with VTCT alongside your degree.
  • Learn in first class, state of the art operational training salons and spa. Used commercially, the facilities boast beauty salons, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, floatation bed and more.
  • Develop valuable employability skills and experience through the opportunity to undertake a placement in industry.
UCAS Code: BN38
Institution Code: S51
Start Date / End Date: September 2018 - June 2020
Duration: 2 years full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Julie Heap
01744 623291
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University of Central Lancashire

The number of spas has grown exponentially in the last decade to make them an important part of the UK leisure industry, worth up to £70 million a year. The wellness sector has seen a considerable growth of 9% globally.

To create a successful spa you have to create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, manage a variety of specialist therapies and run an efficient and profitable business. Most hotel resorts, both in the UK and abroad now have their own spas and they are looking for trained professionals with the skills needed to manage them.

Our foundation degree in Spa Therapies and Management will equip you with the leadership skills and practical experience you need to be able to manage a spa or start your own spa business.

In addition to your degree studies you will be given the opportunity to study a level 3 Diploma in Aromatherapy or Reflexology with VTCT, providing you with industry based skills that are attractive to prospective employers. This is a valuable opportunity to learn relevant industry skills and this foundation degree will underpin both theoretical and practical content.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1

In the first year business concepts are explored in spa organisations and how they can achieve profitability. The ageing process is studied to develop an understanding of the basic anatomy and physiology of the body systems and how these relate to the ageing process. The history of the spa is explored and how it evolved into the major international industry that it is today. You will look at diverse massage treatments within the spa industry.

Your work is practically focussed with health and safety forming part of it, including first aid training. Through work on case studies your knowledge of the industry will begin to develop. As the year progresses you will begin to identify your own individual learning styles with the opportunity for you to develop your IT skills, essay writing, note taking and presentation skills.

Year 2

The second year aims to further develop your knowledge and skills. By undertaking a work placement, your skills and confidence will develop and you will achieve professional accreditation recognised within the spa industry. You will look at the global spa industry through research and evaluate the latest innovations within the industry.

You have the opportunity to develop knowledge of health, safety, hygiene and environmental factors within the spa industry. Social enterprise is a massive part of the spa therapy industry, as such you are encouraged to establish a business to support the community. It also offers the opportunity to examine the use of current spa equipment and facilities and analyse them in regards to suitability and purpose.

How will I study?

You will study in The Lounge, our fully operational, commercial training salons and spa. Open to the public for services, it provides education and training for those wanting a career in the hair, beauty or spa industry, allowing students the opportunity to develop their skills through hands-on work experience. The Lounge offers state of the art facilities including hairdressing and beauty therapy salons, a nail bar, and a spray tanning room. The spa includes a sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, floatation bed, monsoon shower, an ice fountain and individual therapy rooms.

You will study via a combination of workshops, lectures, seminars and work placements. In addition to the taught sessions, you will be expected to hone your practical skills using departmental facilities in your own time.

How will I be assessed?

A range of assessment methods will be utilised including essays, reports, practical assessment, presentations and role-plays.

Who will be teaching me?

You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are experienced with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of spa therapy. Staff also have experience of working in industry. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the degree, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

Ref: Julie Heap

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Amber Stubbs
FdA Spa Therapies and Management

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Why study Management with us?

Professional Recognition

Gain recognition for enhancing your knowledge, understanding and practice of management.


We offer progression routes from levels 3 through to 7.


For the duration of your study you will have access to all key CMI membership services.


We offer flexible study to work around your current commitments.


You will be taught by industry professional tutors.


There is opportunity to network and learn from peers across several industries.