Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hair & Beauty | VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy | Level 3

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Course Code: FE0075-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: VTCT Extended Diploma Beauty Therapy Level 3 Awarding Body: VTCT

Why this course?

Studying Beauty Therapy at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will give you the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

Based in our professional salon, this course covers all the required elements for a career as an employed or self-employed beauty therapist. This vocational course will extend your skills as a Beauty Therapist by introducing you to a large range of specialist beauty treatments and give you the opportunity to develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, all of which are highly valued by employers. This increased depth of knowledge will prepare you for work in salons, hotels, health and fitness spas, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

The MET has three professional hair and beauty salons on campus. This provides a fantastic working and study environment for our students, who provide treatments to paying customers, giving them real-world experience, which is vital for employment upon graduation. Our expert tutors will give you the skills and confidence necessary for this varied and exciting industry.

Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

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Entry requirements

To anyone wishing start on this Level 3 course, you must have successfully completed the Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. You will need to complete a weekly minimum of 4-5 hours home study and complete salon sessions outside class time to ensure that you maintain your Level 2 and Level 3 beauty skills.

For adult learners you must be aged 19+ and have a good level of English (reading, writing and comprehension). You must also provide a good reference.

Please note this is a professional course and you will be required to comply with professional standards, this includes wearing the required full uniform, removing all piercings and jewellery and refraining from wearing nail extensions and nail varnish.

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Manual tan application
  • Swedish massage therapy
  • Body electrical treatment
  • Facial electrical treatment
  • Mechanical massage
  • Work experience
  • Anatomy and Physiology 

Why this course at the MET?

  • Excellent training facilities
  • Professional salons that are open to the public
  • High-end industry branded equipment/products
  • Highly skilled and qualified lecturers
  • Lecturers have current industry experience
  • Strong industry and employer links

Further study & future careers

These qualifications allow you to become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

Whilst the primary purpose of this course is to prepare learners for employment, you may choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 2 or 3 in beauty therapy, holistic therapies, sports therapy or make-up. Alternatively you could seek employment.

Future careers:

  • Commercial salons
  • Destination/day spas
  • Hotels
  • Cruise ships
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Further study & future careers

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying. More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

Additional costs:

  • You will need to buy uniform and kit for the course (approximately £500)
  • External trip to trade show: £20
  • Portfolio and stationery: £5-10


Adult learners

Course fee discounts may apply depending on your circumstances. You can also choose to pay in instalments splitting payments over 3 months. The first payment will be due when you enrol. This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

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