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Complementary Therapies — VTCT Level 3 Diploma

Hair, Beauty and Spa Therapy

Course ID: 172958

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Work with real clients and gain work experience in this beauty sector.
  • 1 year course.
  • Learn skills in the College's realistic salon.
  • Build up your own portfolio to showcase your achievements.
  • Study from home.
  • Gain support from our outstanding teaching team.
  • VTCT Level 3 qualification.

What to expect from the course

Holistic therapies are those concerned with treating the whole person rather than one specific aspect.

This course is designed for students wishing to gain a formal qualification in Complementary Therapies allowing you to practise as a therapist. The content of the course comprises of the following disciplines: Aromatherapy, Body massage and Reflexology.

As part of the Diploma you will also study:- Anatomy & Physiology, Business Studies and Health & safety legislation. Your tutor will assess you in one of the college's salons.

The salon will reflect a realistic environment and you will be expected to work on real clients in a competent way in order to achieve each of the units. In addition you will need to complete a portfolio of evidence. The portfolio supports your practical expertise and shows that you understand the theoretical concepts behind the practical tasks that you are able to carry out.

Due to the demands of the course home study is an essential requirement in order to achieve the qualification.


VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies

Why study with us?

As part of your course you will have opportunities to experience a range of enrichment activities to include: - External Visits such as:
• No hands massage techniques
• Hand Reflexology
• Seated massage
• Hospital visit
• Fresher’s Fair
• Homeless Event
* Trades Shows

Student Benefits

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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.

The Academy Bakery
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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.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

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.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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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

Once you successfully complete your course you may be able to progress to the next level, following a satisfactory interview with a tutor. If you’ve finished your Level 3 course you will be offered advice and guidance from our Careers Advisors on how to apply for a place at University through UCAS, or how to apply for a job or an apprenticeship.

Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 courses generally last for one year.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 or over. A minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 (previously C) or above including Maths and English language OR a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above including Maths and English language and relevant subject qualification OR a minimum of Level 2 course in chosen subject at merit or above and English language and Maths at level 2.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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 between 19-23 and don’t have a Full Level 3 qualification, you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and hold a Full Level 3 qualification at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but 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 4670.00
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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