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Qualification Overview

The Focus Awards Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty massage therapist by enabling learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide beauty Massage therapy.


  • Plymouth, Southend and Telford Centres
  • Accredited Qualification

Course Details

Fully Funded for ages 19 and over

Course Length: 2 days per week for 14 weeks, 09.30-16.30. Courses run in line with the school academic year and we therefore have breaks for half-terms, Easter, Christmas and the Summer holidays.

Type: Blended learning – classroom based and e-learning; 2 days a week and home study (recommended 10 hours a week)

Entry Requirements

Ages 19+

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

Qualification Structure and Units

Explore the origins of massage and principles of complementary and alternative medicine

In this unit you will learn about the differences and principles of complementary, alternative and allopathic (conventional) medicine. This theoretical unit will provide you with an understanding of government guidelines, self regulation and the integrated approach to healthcare and wellbeing.


Provide body massage

This unit is about the skills involved in providing body massage treatments. You will learn about the classical Swedish massage movements and will be required to adapt massage techniques to suit individual client needs. You will also learn about health, safety, hygiene and client care.


Provide Indian head massage

This unit is about the skills involved in providing Indian head massage treatment. The ability to adapt massage techniques to suit individual client needs and the environment in which the massage takes place are crucial requirements. The ability to perform Indian head massages with and without the use of oils is also required.


Carry out 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.


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.


Apply stone therapy massage

This unit is about providing hot and cold stone therapy treatments. It covers both massage and the placing of stones on the head, face and body. The ability to adapt stone therapy treatments to individual client needs is also a requirement.


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.


Maintaining personal health and wellbeing

The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to maintaining your own health and wellbeing. This will include setting a personal action plan, having clear goals, regular monitoring, reviewing activities, evaluating your progress and updating your action plan. This is a continuous cycle for monitoring your eating, lifestyle, exercise and weight management.


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 massage therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.


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

  • Working in a salon/gym as an in-house massage therapist
  • Self Employed massage therapist using a gym or salons facilities
  • Self Employed massage therapist with your own facilities

Once  Learners have achieved the VTCT  Level  3  Diploma in Massage Therapy they may progress on to other qualifications at Level 3 and 4, for example:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy
  • Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Beauty 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.