Beauty Therapy and Massage Level 3


The perfect follow-on to our Beauty Therapy Level 2 course or for anyone with prior experience working in the beauty field, this course will make you familiar with advanced beauty therapy and analysis techniques, as well as all the information you will need to own and manage your own salon.

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About This Course

If you are interested in expanding your beauty skills or adding to the portfolio of your salon; then our online Beauty Therapy and Massage Level 3 course bundle can provide you with the skills, the knowledge and the resources to make these dreams happen.

In one compact homebased course you can learn everything that there is to know about becoming a beauty massage therapist, whilst acquiring an arsenal of skills that are certain to make you an asset in your job.

This homebased course covers everything. From body, face and scalp massages, to wet and dry heat treatments; in just 160 hours of study you will walk away confident in your ability to sooth the aches and pains of your clients, as well as your ability to manage a team of employees.

During this course you will:

  • Develop a good working knowledge of a range of different beauty therapy treatments
  • Study a range of massage techniques which can be tailored to work alongside/assist various therapeutic treatments
  • Learn how to create a safe and hygienic working environment
  • Develop your professional skills
  • Learn how to deal with client consultations and salon management

And you can achieve all of this from the comfort of your own home. No classrooms. No strict deadlines. No exams.

At a time, pace and location of your choosing, you can absorb all of these essential skills and mould this course to work around you.

This is especially helpful if work, social or family obligations are preventing you from getting back into education, as you can adapt this course to suit your needs and complete it in your on your own terms.

With this course you will also receive the following:

FREE Beauty Kit including: Emery boards, manicure sticks, hand lotion, mask brush, mask removing sponges and headband.
* Not included with the online study option

Course Benefits

With a full two years to complete this course bundle, broadening your skillset has never been easier. In one neat package you can acquire the skills to become a beauty massage therapist, as well as the theoretical knowledge to offer a range of new and exciting treatments within your salon.

From understanding the benefits of electrical treatments, to learning about skin analysis, anatomy, salon management and different types of massages; in just 160 hours of study, you will achieve a level of comprehension and competency that will enable you to climb the career ladder.

With this course, you will be able to:

  • Boost your career opportunities and skills portfolio
  • Learn on your own terms, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home
  • Benefit from a stress free, convenient way to learn – no exams, no strict deadlines and no classrooms. We will send all of your course materials straight to your door or inbox
  • Achieve a healthy work-study balance – you can learn on your own terms without having to sacrifice on your family, work or social obligations
  • Enhance your existing theoretical knowledge of beauty therapy and massage
  • Access instant support from our personal tutors and Student Support team – help is only one click away

Course Units

Beauty Therapy Level 3:

Unit 1: Body, Face and Scalp Massage and Body Electrical Treatments

  • Client consultation
  • Body analysis
  • Contra-indications
  • Preparation of the area for massage and body treatments
  • Contra-actions
  • Classification of movements
  • Types of massage
  • Electrical and mechanical body treatments
  • Cellulite and lymphatic damage
  • Anti-ageing skin treatments
  • Muscle treatments

Unit 2: Advanced Skin Analysis and Facial Electrical Treatments

  • Consultation and advanced skin analysis
  • Equipment and effects
  • Facial high frequency
  • Facial faradic
  • Facial microdermabrasion

Unit 3: Anatomy, Physiology and the Effects of Salon Treatments

  • Blood
  • The heart
  • The lymphatic system
  • The nervous system
  • The endocrine system
  • The skeleton
  • The skin

Unit 4: Wet and Dry Heat Treatments

  • The spa experience
  • Spa reception
  • Consultation
  • Cleansing and exfoliating the skin
  • Application
  • Cold or chill therapy
  • Static/portable heat treatments
  • Skin tests
  • Water treatments

Unit 5: Salon Management

  • Health and safety at work act (HASAW 1974)
  • Methods of communication
  • Hygiene
  • Sterilisation
  • Avoiding cross infection

Unit 6: Salon Operations and Organisation

  • The reception area
  • Welcoming clients
  • Dealing with complaints
  • Insurance
  • Time management
  • Teamwork
  • Retailing and promotions
  • Targets
  • Customer legislation
  • Emergency procedures and security
  • Personal and professional development

Massage Level 3
Unit 1: Essential Anatomy and Physiology

  • Body systems
  • Nervous system
  • Muscular system
  • Muscle groups
  • The skeletal system
  • Joints
  • Tendons and Ligaments

Unit 2: Understanding Massage

  • What is massage?
  • Types of massage
  • Massage suitability
  • How massage works
  • Benefits of massage
  • Equipment
  • Hygiene

Unit 3: Contraindications and Special Populations

  • Special populations
  • Pregnancy and massage
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Contraindications
  • Massage modifications

Unit 4: Client Consultationn

  • Therapist safety
  • Client assessment
  • Care plan
  • Massage environment

Unit 5: Massage Techniques and Components

  • Massage tools
  • Pressure
  • Direction
  • Duration
  • Speed
  • Massage techniques
  • Friction
  • Petrissage
  • Tapotement
  • Hacking
  • Prayer
  • Cupping
  • Tapping

Unit 6: Massage Positions

  • Prone massages and techniques
  • Supine massages and techniques
  • Guidance for seated message


This course is assessed using a series of written assignments that are designed to test your knowledge of the course syllabus. These assignments will need to be submitted to your personal tutor for marking, whereupon they will supply you with feedback.

Please Note: No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience in beauty therapy or massage is needed in order to enrol onto this course bundle, making it ideal for those first starting out in this field.

Awarding Body

This course is endorsed by the Quality Licence Scheme (QLS). QLS endorses high-quality, non-regulated provision and training programmes. This means that the course has undergone external quality checks by the awarding body to ensure it meets a high standard.

The learner unit summary may be used as evidence towards recognition of prior learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.


Whilst we may specialise in the provision of homebased courses; from the moment you enrol you can trust that you’ll be surrounded by a continuous network of support.

From our comprehensive study guides, course materials and resources, to the assistance of our dedicated personal tutors; we will go above and beyond to maximise your studies and give ensure you reach your full potential.

All of our personal tutors are experts in their field, meaning you can readily contact them online; ask them your questions, and gain access to years of industry knowledge and experience.

Our Student Support Team can similarly lend you hours of support, advice and guidance as they help you to decipher our course materials and guides.

Frequently Asked Questions

This is a question that our team are often asked, there are many reasons but here are the main reasons to choose Association of Learning:

  • No hidden charges, the price you see includes everything, from VAT, tutoring to certification
  • Our average tutor marking time is 3 working days (most providers are 10+)
  • We are rated 5/5 for our service on Trustpilot!
  • Our courses are up to date. Many providers create course content and fail to keep it up to date.
  • We are open later than any other home learning provider
  • As many submissions as you need to complete, many providers cap how many times you can submit work
  • All courses are fully endorsed by external awarding organisations
  • 14 day money back guarantee or course switch.

If you need any more reasons to choose Association of Learning, contact our team!

All students are provided with 12 months to complete their course, however you are able to complete at a faster pace without any additional costs. Some of our students have managed to complete in as little as 3 months!

This is a fully endorsed qualification, with certification provided by an Ofqual regulated awarding body.

There are two payment options, pay in full for your course or monthly. Our monthly payment option allows you to spread the cost of your course over a 10 month period.

If you choose to pay using a payment plan, to apply you must be able to answer yes to the following:

  • Your billing address is based in the UK
  • You have a UK based bank account
  • Bill payer must be 18 or above.

No, this course is assignment based, which means you will not have to complete any exams. If your assignment doesn’t pass first time, you can retry as many times as you need within your 12 months support period.

No, all of our courses are distance learning which means your tutor will mark your work and send it back to you via email or by using our online portal.

Unlike other providers, Association of Learning use a fast-track system to get your certificate to you within six weeks (our average is two weeks).

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