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Advanced Apprenticeship Beauty Therapy - General - Level 3


This qualification allows individuals to develop skills essential to working in the beauty industry, such as forming good working relationships with clients and awareness of health and safety, as well as the specialist skills needed to carry out beauty treatments or nail services. 

For employers, apprenticeships offer many benefits to businesses, including offering practical solutions to the recruitment and retention of staff.

They are designed by employers for employers and therefore reflect the changing needs of the sector.

Apprenticeship Level 3 (Advanced Apprenticeship)

  • Competence-based element: Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy- General (QCF)
  • Functional Skills Level 2
  • Mathematics
  • English

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is a non-accredited component, which is delivered using a contextualised work booklet which will be assessed by your tutor.

It is expected that you will cover the ERR requirements through the completion of nine mandatory outcomes.

The ERR will also be supported by the completion of your workplace induction where it is expected that the employer will identify the role and responsibilities of themselves and their employees.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

PLTS, is a non-accredited component of the Apprenticeship Framework and will be assessed through evidence that will be produced through the accredited components of the Apprenticeship programme.

Entry requirements

Individuals must have already sourced employment within the beauty sector, prior to applying for Advanced Apprenticeship Beauty Therapy - General.

Individuals will undertake a Level 2 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior to
enrolment. Individuals will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme or, if individuals have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to C or key skills at Level 2, they will be required to evidence this with certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification.

Individuals will also have to complete a free writing exercise to provide evidence to demonstrate grammar and spelling.

Individuals must have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy.

Start dates and fees

16-18: no cost

19-23: £500

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

For information on apprenticeship opportunities please visit our Vision Apprentices website.

How long is the course?

21 months.

How will I be assessed?

Individuals will be required to attend Vision West Nottinghamshire College one day per week for the duration of the course, which will provide the opportunity to undertake practical assessments within the Revive Salon and develop theoretical skills sets to meet qualification requirements.

Assessments will also be required within the individual’s workplace to sufficiently meet competency outcomes within the qualification.

Individuals are required to produce a portfolio of evidence, which will contain a variety of assessments covering the criteria stipulated by the awarding body to cover the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy- General (QCF)

Assessments may include:

  • Observations held in the working environment
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness statements
  • Activity-based work books
  • Work products

Assessments will be planned with an assessor prior to the assessment taking place.
You will be required to complete an online or paper based test for both Functional Skills elements. 

What does the course lead to?

This qualification provides opportunity for progression to employment; to the Level 5 BTEC HNs in Beauty Therapy Sciences, or the Level 4 and 5 HNs in Hair and Beauty Management. 

What will I study?

Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy – General (QCF) mandatory units:

  • Monitor Procedures to Safely Control Work Operations
  • Contribute to the Planning And Implementation Of Promotional Activities
  • Provide Body Electrical Treatments
  • Provide Facial Electrical Treatments
  • Provide Body Massage Treatments
  • Carry out Massage Using Pre-blended Aromatherapy Oils
  • Provide Electrical Epilation Treatment

Level 2 in Functional Skills Maths and English

ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities)

PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills)

How do I apply?

Contact Marcus Topley, employer engagement lead: hospitality, hair and beauty
01623 627191 ext. 8201


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