beauty therapist

Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

The Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will confirm your competence as a beauty therapist.

This qualification forms part of an apprenticeship framework, however is also offered outside apprenticeships by education and training providers who can offer this course in a real salon environment and provide you with the opportunity to learn beauty therapy skills, whilst working on real clients.

It is important for you to have the opportunity to learn in a real working environment, particularly because this qualification leads to employment in such a client-centred and service orientated sector.

This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist including, mandatory units covering the following: facial and body electrical, body massage, electrical epilation, monitoring procedures in the salon and contributing to the planning of a promotional event.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: airbrush make-up services, intimate waxing, single eyelash extensions, UV tanning, self-tanning, massage with pre-blended oils, Indian head massage and stone therapy. The structure of this qualification provides you with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for a career as a beauty therapist.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, and client care. You will also develop a range of technical skills in preparing the skin, and applying beauty therapy products and electrical equipment to the skin, using a variety of different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

A Career as a BEAUTY THERAPIST

Nail technicians repair, paint and decorate clients’ nails.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter – £20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40, working evenings / weekends (flexibly)

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills to put clients at ease
  • sensitivity and understanding towards your clients’ needs
  • the ability to work well with your hands for giving treatments
  • excellent verbal communication skills to explain treatments
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

 

What you’ll do

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • giving a facial by cleansing, massaging and toning a client’s skin
  • giving a makeover by applying and advising on make-up
  • shaping eyebrows and colouring eyelashes
  • giving a manicure, pedicure or other nail treatment like extensions and nail art
  • removing unwanted facial and body hair
  • giving electro-therapy treatments to improve body tone and shape
  • giving non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • offering UV (ultraviolet) and spray tanning

 

Working environment

You could work in a salon, at a health spa, on a cruise ship, in a hotel or from home.

You may need to wear protective clothing.