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beauty therapist

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Level 3 Beauty Therapy Principles

Becoming a beauty therapist is an extremely rewarding career; not just personally but financially, with some beauty therapists earning up to £20,000 per year or even going on to establish their own business. The beauty therapist, with the correct training and qualifications, will be able to advise clients about skin, body, nail and hair care amongst many other things. If you're looking to solidify your knowledge of the beauty industry or gain extra knowledge and training, this is the course for you.


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100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

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24/7 access to online learning

100% online learning and assessment

Self-paced study

Enrol today from
only £9.99/mo

Study around other commitments

24/7 access to online learning

This Beauty Therapist course covers the essential knowledge relevant to becoming a professional and effective beauty therapist; from anatomy and physiology to hygiene, and from consultation procedures to techniques and treatments, this course covers all of the necessary areas relevant to the beauty industry.

Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology: body systems

Explore the body systems and organs of the human body

Investigate the functions of the skin

Evaluate cells and tissues with regard to sweat glands and maintenance of body temperature


Unit 2: Anatomy and physiology: skin, cells and tissues

Describe the main function and Structure of cells and Tissues 

Describe the contents of the two main layers of the skin

Analyse the functions of nerve endings


Unit 3: The beauty gateway

Understand the Total Beauty Business structure and strategies for success 

Examine the power of promotion and welcoming growth opportunities 

Understand how to establish unique points of difference 

Understand the Importance of effective team performance 


Unit 4: Service experience

Understand how to effectively care for clients  

Identify essential service standards and adapt to clients expectations 

Understand positive communication and body language 

Explain the Client Journey and the personalised experience approach


Unit 5: Interesting consultations

Understand the purpose of the consultation process

Outline how to conduct a beauty and Lifestyle consultation 

Summarise a Dietary and Figure Diagnosis 

Understand completion and recommendation possibilities following a consultation 


Unit 6: Advanced body massage

Explore the major principles of massage

Analyse the benefits of massage

Describe the classifications of massage and advanced massage manipulations 


Unit 7: Diet and lifestyle

Understand the principles of Nutrition and the basic metabolic rate 

Outline the importance of vitamins to the body

Explain the functions of fat and water soluble vitamins


Unit 8: Nutrition

Understand the importance of water for the human body

Explore the uses of Calcium and Phosphorus

Demonstrate the importance of Sodium


Unit 9: Advanced skin care

Understand the stages of the skin care routine

Examine the benefits of a professional facial 

Understand product selection for skin condition improvement 


Unit 10: The anti-ageing process

Describe the ageing process

Analyse the effects of a range of factors that speed up the ageing process

Analyse the effects of a range of factors that slow down the ageing process


Unit 11: The holistic approach

Understand the meaning of the term Holistic 

Understand how to create a holistic environment 

Describe how to encourage holistic practices in the workplace 


Unit 12: The spa experience

Understand the benefits of heat experiences before spa services 

Describe the stages of spa treatment design

Understand the business benefits of creating spa services


Unit 13: Advanced service awareness

Understand Service Standards 

Summarise preparation procedures for welcoming a client and avoiding disappointment 

Understand the process of complaint management 


Unit 14: Advanced therapies

Understand electro therapy face and body service benefits 

Explain benefits of having alternative healing therapies knowledge 

Understand how to promote experience treatments 


Unit 15: Sterilisation

Understand the autoclave sterilisation method

Explore the use of ultra-violet rays as a sterilisation method

Investigate chemical methods used for sterilisation


Unit 16: Starting your business

Investigate strategies that can be used to exploit business growth areas

Explore the factors that need to be considered when determining whether or not to set up a practice

Describe how to objectively assess the evaluation

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

All assessment is completed online.

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

Level 3 Beauty Therapist Level 3 - Principles Certificate of Achievement

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that learndirect has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by learndirect to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

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Many of our courses include one or more of the following hands on aspects to enhance the online learning you will receive.

Many of our RQF courses include a placement, these placements are fantastic opportunities for you to secure a work experience placement in a relevant industry and get real on the job experience while you learn. For example many of our Teaching Assistant courses give you an opportunity to approach and work within a local school.

Time in our state of the art academy's for certain subjects, for example our Foot Health Practitioner courses run multiple hands on class based options in our bespoke learning environments.

Further to this some of our courses include practical kits for you to use while you study and even keep after the course! For example many of our Nail Technician courses include an extensive kit included with the course at no additional charge.

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