Massage Therapies Diploma Level 3

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    Full Time

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    One Year

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    Boston and Spalding

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    September 2020


The Level 3 Massage Therapies Diploma is a technical level qualification aimed at those who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed massage therapist.

What will I do?

The Level 3 Massage Therapies Diploma is based on the national occupational standards for massage therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a Massage Therapist. You must achieve all mandatory units which include:

  • Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Client Care and Consultation
  • History and Origins of Massage Therapies
  • Swedish Massage
  • Stone Therapy
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Anatomy and Physiology for the Face and Body Systems
  • Promote and Sell Products and Services
  • Contribute to the Effective Running of a Business

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, the history and origins of massage therapies and how to effectively contribute to the overall running of a business. As well as also developing the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, successfully promote and retail products, whilst also providing a variety of massage therapies. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and your commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

The entry qualifications for the Level 3 Massage Therapies Diploma are completion of a previous Beauty Therapy Level 2 qualification (or equivalent), with a satisfactory report from all previous beauty tutors and successful completion of an interview and taster session, in which attendance (minimum 90%), acceptable behaviour/attitude, ability to progress and ability to meet deadlines will be taken into consideration.

The Massage Therapies Diploma will take you one year to complete. You will attend College for a minimum four days a week.

You will need a minimum of 90% attendance throughout the year, in order for you to successfully complete the qualification.

The Massage Therapies Diploma is free, if you are under the age of 19 on 31 August of the year you start the course.

If you are aged 19+, this course will cost £2583
If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the 1st day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £25,000 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

The Massage Therapies Diploma will include theoretical and practical sessions, some individual and assignment work, online written tests, practical assessments on clients and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

Those who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a massage therapist, your could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • Commercial Salons
  • Destination/Day Spas
  • Massage Clinics
  • Independent/Self-Employed/Mobile/Home-Based Settings
  • Cruise Liners
  • Airlines or Hotel Chains
  • Care Homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

  • Salon Management
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Sports Massage

Approximate additional costs, for items which must be purchased at the start of the course include -
A Beauty Kit - Costs to be advised at your Taster Day/Enrolment.
Uniform - £46 approx.
Course Text Books £30 approx.

There may be an opportunity to complete an Industry Placement alongside your main Level 3 course.

Industry placements give you the chance to put into practice what you have learned and you will have the opportunity to spend an average of 50 days working for an employer, in a role directly relevant to your course.

With an Industry Placement you will gain technical skills, be prepared for the world of work, and gain connections in order to secure a job after your course.

What will I gain?

  • Build your confidence, self-reliance and independence in the workplace.
  • Enhance the learning from your college course.
  • Develop your experience and expand your CV.
  • Give yourself a head start in knowing what type of job you may want to go into after finishing your course.
  • May lead to further opportunities such as paid employment or an apprenticeship on completion of your course.
  • Take a step forward professionally, knowing the behaviours expected in the workplace.

What will I do?

  • You will take part in an average of 50 days placement in a role that is directly relevant to your course, in an external organisation.
  • You will develop the practical and technical skills required for your profession/trade.
  • You will develop employability skills such as communication, teamwork and time management.

An existing part time job may qualify as an Industry Placement if it meets the criteria set by the College.

For more information regarding Industry Placements please contact the Enterprise Zone: or call 01205 365701 ext: 3226/3227

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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