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Qualification Overview

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Massage using Pre-Blended Aromatherapy Oils is a specialist vocational qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; how to provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils with a range of clients and conditions.

Underpinning this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of how to monitor and maintain health and safety practices in a salon environment and how to promote client care and communications in beauty related industries. You will also develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learned throughout this qualification.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in beauty therapy to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your own salon services.


  • Telford centre
  • Accredited Qualification

Course Details

Funded for employed or self-employed individuals over the age of 16

Course Length: 1 day per week for 7 weeks, 09.15-16.15.

Type: Blended learning – classroom based 1 days a week and home study (recommended 10 hours a week)

Entry Requirements

Ages 16+

Applicants will also be required to complete a functional skills test upon enrolment.

Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon

Through this unit you will develop your skills in a supervisory role focusing on health and safety within your salon.You will recognise salon hazards, carry out risk assessments and then implement the necessary actions. You will monitor and support your colleagues to ensure your salon complies with  health and safety requirements.  You will implement and supervise salon procedures for all aspects of salon safety and security including the need for insurance.


Client care and communication in beauty-related industries

This is a preparation for work unit which is based on capability and knowledge. This unit is about client care and communication in beauty-related industries. You will develop your ability to adapt the provision of client care and your communication skills, to the needs of different clients, as well as learn how to manage client expectations.


Provide massage using pre‑blended aromatherapy oils

This unit is about preparing clients for and delivering massages using pre-blended aromatherapy oils. The ability to adapt the use of pre-blended oils and massage techniques to suit individual client’s needs is very important. You will need to maintain effective, health, safety, hygiene and client care throughout your work.


Knowledge of anatomy and physiology for complementary therapies

This qualification includes knowledge and understanding of the organisation of the body, and the structure, function and pathologies of the skin, hair and nails, the structure, function and pathologies of the various body systems including the skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, respiratory, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.


Useful Information

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a nail technician. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.


This qualification will prepare you for employment as a beauty therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a beauty therapist. Career opportunities as abeauty therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Working in a commercial salon
  • Working in a retail concession stand
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Once  Learners have achieved the Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology they may progress on to other qualifications at Level 3 and 4, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology
  • Level 3 Diploma in Fashion and Media Make-up
  • Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Certificate in Facial Electrical Treatments
  • Level 3 Certificate in Body Treatments
  • Level 4 Diploma in Spa and Salon Management

Yes, all courses run in line with the school academic year and we therefore have breaks for half-terms, Easter, Christmas and the Summer holidays.


Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Skills Support for the Workforce is government funding aimed to help employees in small and medium sized enterprises or the self employed, to move on to higher levels of learning or on to apprenticeships. Are you an employee or a business owner and want to up-skill?