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Level: 3

Location: The RoundHouse

Years: 1

Weeks: 36

Hours: 6.00

Start: 11/09/2017

Days / Times: Monday 18:00 to 21:00 and Wednesday 18:00 to 21:00

Tuition (£): 4670.00*

24+ Loan Amount: 4670.00****

Interview: Y

Course Summary

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies is a qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an employed and/or self-employed complementary therapist, either within the National Health Service or in private practice.

Entry requirements

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:

  • a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above including English and/or Maths (grade 4 or above) and Science
  • an Intermediate Diploma in the chosen subject to a Merit or Distinction standard

If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and will have a skills test.

Course Content

This qualification comprises all the required elements to work effectively as a complementary therapist. These include anatomy; physiology and pathology; principles and practice of complementary therapies; health and safety; client care; client consultation; business principles; aromatherapy; massage; and reflexology. The units which contain these areas are all mandatory.

How will I be assessed?

VTCT qualifications are assessed and verified by centre staff. Work will be set to improve your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. For practical elements, you will be observed by your assessor.  All your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and cross-referenced to requirements listed in the record of assessment book.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

This will be discussed at your interview

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

There are other related specialist qualifications:

- VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Indian Head Massage (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Stone Therapy (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Thai Massage (QCF


Career opportunities as a complementary therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Beauty salons
  • Day spas
  • Self-employment and mobile/home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Destination/hotel spas
  • National Health Service
  • HM Prison Service
  • Cruise liners
  • Hospitals/care homes




* Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are not entitled to any concessions.
*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.
**** Advanced Learner Loan: if you are aged 19 or over and want to study at Level 3, 4, 5 or 6, you could apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of your study. This is the fee that would need to be financed by a successful application for a loan. Alternatively, you or your employer could pay the fees directly.

This course is run at the Roundhouse Campus

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The future looks good for former beauty apprentice Saffron

The future is looking good for newly qualified beauty therapist Saffron Limb. The former Derby College student has completed her advanced apprenticeship and is now working for Studio5 Beauty – the Ilkeston salon where she was once a client. Saffron took her level 3 Beauty course at Derby College and highly recommends it to other people wanting to train as beauty therapists. Saffron would like to run her own salon one day but for the time being she is very happy learning all she can from her experienced colleagues and taking courses in the latest beauty treatments. She enjoys nail art most of all and find her job rewarding. She likes to see clients leave the salon happy because of what she has done for them.

She said: "The Beauty faculty at the Roundhouse is modern and well equipped and has everything you need to prepare you for a good job in beauty therapy."

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