Level 3 Diploma in Spa Massage Therapy (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This technical course is suitable for those who wish to expand their skills and knowledge and pursue a career as an employed Spa Massage 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?

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 £25,725 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 at University Centre St Helens.

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.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

Ref: Denise Brown

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