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Advanced Apprenticeship Beauty Therapy - Framework, Routes: General Framework

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type Apprenticeship
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Part Time


The course is for therapists who wish to gain a qualification that reflects an advanced level of beauty therapy advanced skills and specialist services. The programme is for those people aged 16-18 or 19+ who have completed a Level 2 in beauty therapy. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.  It will also be useful for those who may be seeking to develop their careers in training and supervisory management.

The Framework is made up of the following components. In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

The full NVQ Level 3 Beauty qualification consists of mandatory units and optional units that link to the different routes.
The 3 routes which you can choose from are as follows:
• General
• Massage
• Spa

Level 2 English
Level 2 Maths

This is an assignment based on evidence collection


You will need a salon uniform and will be advised with regard to the kit required.  There will also be a £35 fee to cover trips and activities.

How will it be delivered?

You will be observed carrying out commercial activities mainly in the workplace but also in our modern, well-equipped salons within the College, which provide a realistic commercial setting in which you can gain experience in dealing with clients.  You will have the opportunity to use an extensive range of high quality beauty products and excellent specialist equipment.

You will be expected to demonstrate your competence in all units to the standard required in industry.

Online exams and questioning of knowledge and understanding.

An electronic portfolio of supplementary or supporting materials e.g. projects, witness logs etc. Compiling a portfolio of your work undertaken during the year. There will be an ongoing practical assessment throughout your course.

Entry requirements

This Level 3 qualification is for Beauty Therapists with at least 2 years recent experience in all aspects of Beauty. You will need to have achieved the NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or equivalent and be currently employed in a Beauty environment for 30 hours per week.  Your clientele should provide you with the opportunities for Level 3 specialist services. To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a salon, to start an Apprenticeship, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment. Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits. Entry onto the L3 Apprenticeship Framework or standard requires 2 x C Grades / 2 x Grade 4 or above in Maths and English. We currently offer pre apprenticeship courses for applicants, in Maths and English, to support learners wishing to improve their grades to meet the entry criteria. Learners should have secured employment. All applicants will be interviewed- this includes maths and English skills scan, a trade test and a formal interview.

Your next steps...

The programme provides you with a Level 3 qualification and the skills necessary for your career in Beauty Therapy.  It will open up career opportunities for employment in the supervisory aspect of Beauty Therapy.  Possibility of Management Apprenticeships/Retail and Customer Service Apprenticeship Training/Assessing and Quality Assurance qualifications.  Short course in Management and Professional qualifications.



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