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Access to Aesthetic Therapies - Level 3 Certificate

Hair, Beauty and Spa Therapy

Course ID: 175438

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • The VTCT (ITEC) Level 3 Certificate in Access to Aesthetic Therapies is a beauty therapy qualification aimed at 19+ learners, with or without a formal background in beauty therapy training, who wish to gain access to additional study of advanced therapy treatments at levels 4 and above. This qualification offers the learner who wishes to progress to higher level training the fastest opportunity to achieve the required skills and knowledge to do so.

What to expect from the course

This qualification consists of units at level 2 and 3 combined to provide the learner with the required underpinning knowledge to afford direct progression onto specific modality training at level 4 +.

Learners must achieve the mandatory units:

Maintain health and safety in the salon

Skin analysis and facial skincare

Consultation and client care

Anatomy, physiology and pathology

Electrical science

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant health and safety requirements, anatomy, physiology, and pathology and electrical science, alongside skin analysis and safe practice treatment protocols for facial skin care. Learners will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to consult with clients, and provide specific aftercare and home care advice.

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

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Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

The primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for additional study at level 4+ in the beauty aesthetic industry. Achievement of this qualification will enable learners to further develop their knowledge and skills by completing additional specialist qualifications at Level 4 and 5, for example:

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Skin Peeling

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Skin Needling

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Ultrasound

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Dermaplaning

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Award in Scalp Micropigmentation

VTCT (ITEC) Level 5 Award in Micropigmentation for Camouflage and Restoration

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

Learner must be 19+
Qualification at L2/3 in hair or beauty industry is desirable.
GCSE’s in maths & English at grade 4 or above.


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged 19 or over you may be entitled to a fee waiver for your course or you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for24/25 is 1645.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

Please note this is a two year programme that consists of two courses. Your fee status may change from one year to the next depending on age and circumstance at the start of the next course e.g. if you turn 19 before progressing to the next level, you may be required to pay fees as outlined above.

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