VRQ Level 3 Diploma in
Beauty Therapy Techniques SCQF Level 6

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to enter the working world as a well-rounded and confident beauty therapist.


Why take this course?

This course is suitable for those who have successfully complete the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, and/or those who are already working in the industry but want to accredit their skills and knowledge. 

Through a balanced combination of theory and practical work, you will refine your techniques/approaches in a realistic work environment. This will give you the skill-set required to pursue a successful career as a confident and competent Beauty Therapist.

What you will experience

You will learn about advanced aspects of beauty therapy and related industries and how to work effectively with colleagues and clients. Excellent practice of promoting and selling of products and services and maintaining personal health and wellbeing will be developed alongside practical skills which focus on body massage, facial and body electrotherapy, stone therapy, self-tanning, micro-dermabrasion and eyelash treatments. These skills will give you the ability to complete your Commercial Experience unit.

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Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved the VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or an equivalent award, and have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience. 

Essential qualities include good communication skills, a willingness to learn new things and confidence in working with the public.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you will need

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College


Employment opportunities are available in spas, health clinics, beauty salons and hotels. You will also find there are opportunities in the creative industries, where you could pursue work in areas such as TV and theatre.

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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