Level 3 Diploma Beauty Therapy Techniques

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3345, your course may be free


Course details may be subject to change

This course will prepare you with the technical skills and knowledge required for employment within the beauty industry.

You will build on skills learnt at junior level to prepare you for a more senior role.
Halo Salon 2

Take a tour around our Beauty & Make-up facilities

Our modern on-site salon, Halo, reflects the best of industry standards and provides specialist resources for beauty therapy.


Beauty students take part in Dermaplaning masterclass 2020 1

Beauty students take part in Dermaplaning masterclass

Our Level 3 students got the low down on a very popular skin exfoliation treatment.

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Beauty students get full Seaham Hall Spa experience

Our Level 3 Beauty students experienced a luxury spa day at Seaham Hall Spa, to gain an insight into how the spa industry works.

1950s competition practice March 2019 2 SQ

Hair and beauty students step back in time

Our talented hair and media make-up students have been preparing for Beamish Museum's 1950s competition.


This course aims to provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to progress within the salon or spa industry. Designed to build on your interest and passion for the beauty therapy industry, the course will prepare you for industry and employment.

You will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of enrichment and work related events throughout the year, to give you an insight into the beauty therapy industry.


You will complete the following units:
  • Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practices in the Salon
  • Promote and Sell Products and Services to Clients
  • Provide Body Massage
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty Related Industries
  • Provide Facial Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Provide Massage with Pre-blended Aromatherapy Oils
  • Apply Individual Lash Extensions
  • Apply Micro-dermabrasion
  • Body Electrotherapy Services.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your course. You will carry out practical assessments with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed. The assessments will be carried out at various points in the year.

Each unit will involve assignments and/or internal and external exams. You will be required to provide some clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore the skills you have been learning.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

You will have the opportunity to attend beauty workshops to learn more about the industry and meet employers. Numerous guest speakers and educational trips and visits will also be organised throughout the course. We have close links with Ramside Hall Spa and Seaham Hall Spa. Bannatynes health spa and work in partnership with online cruise Steiner.

Each term you will engage with external employers through lectures, hands-on workshops, role-play interview opportunities, CV development sessions and much more. These opportunities will ensure you develop additional skills and will improve your confidence levels throughout the course.

We encourage all students to enter competitions, such as World Skills and the AHT competition.


You will be required to undertake a work placement within an external salon or spa for a minimum of 70 hours, to ensure you develop the essential skills to work in this fast paced industry. It is your responsibility to find a work placement, therefore, you can decide whether you want to carry out your placement in a block period of time or one day a week.

Additionally, you will undertake three hours of work placement in our on-site salon, Halo, supporting further development of employability skills.

You could progress to study a relevant programme at university. Alternatively, you could seek employment in a spa, health club or salon, or go self-employed.

Meet our students

Abbie Davies

Abbie Davies

The Choices Plus programme helped Abbie Davies decide which direction her future would take.

Laura Teasdale CS

Laura Teasdale

Laura became the proud owner of her own salon, L.A. Beauty, just days after completing her NVQ at New College Durham.

Kelsey Athey

Kelsey Athey - Beauty Therapy

Kelsey is now progressing to Level 3 Beauty Therapy at New College Durham and is working with high profile make-up and hair stylist specialist, ND Make Up Artists.

What else?

For product information and prices you could visit Matis Paris.

To browse the leading industry website, or to subscribe to their magazine, visit Professional Beauty.


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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.

You can purchase your uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your kit here.

You will need to pay a £5 deposit for a locker. There will also be multiple opportunities for you to take part in enrichment activities, visits and trips throughout the year - they may include a small fee.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview. Please bring your GCSE grades.

You will have the opportunity to purchase uniforms and kits at the Prospective Parents' Evening.

You will also receive a Summer School invitation, in August, to give you the chance to experience what it’s like to work in your chosen sector before starting your course in September.
Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

Find out more information about your college interview.

Entry Criteria

Ideally, you will hold an NVQ/VRQ or Level 2 equivalent in Beauty Therapy. It is essential that you have some experience working in a salon.

Alternatively, it is possible to gain access to the programme if you have adequate experience working in the industry.