Beauty Therapy Level 3 & Beauty Salon Management Level 3


This is the perfect course for anyone who hopes to break into to the beauty industry, or for anyone already working in a salon who hopes to earn a promotion into management. Not only basic business management techniques, but salon-specific skills and specialised marketing techniques will all be covered.

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About This Course

Do you dream of working in a salon, therapy centre or spa, but don’t know where to start? Or do you one day wish to take your beauty therapy skills and use them to launch your own business? No matter your career aspirations, our Beauty Therapy and Beauty Salon Management Level 3 course bundle, can provide you with the perfect balance of skills and knowledge, so you can take these dreams and make them a reality.

In just 160 hours of study, you can learn everything that there is to know about beauty therapy and developing a business, so you can confidently open your own salon or use this theoretical knowledge to climb the career ladder of your current workplace.

This homebased course truly covers all of the bases.

From face, body and scalp massages; body electrical treatments; wet and dry heat treatments and skin analysis, to business plans, operations and recruitment; in just two years you will work away with an arsenal of beauty and management skills that are certain to give you a competitive edge.

And the good news is – you can learn all of this from the comfort of your own home! No classrooms. No exams. No strict deadlines.

Instead, at a time, place and location of your choosing, you can: expand your existing repertoire of beauty treatments; acquire the skills you crave to effectively run a salon, and achieve all of this without ever having to sacrifice your work, family or social obligations.

All of our courses are designed for home study; meaning you can flexibly mould this course to suit your needs and achieve a healthy work-study balance. We will even send all of your course materials straight to your home or inbox, so you never have to learn your couch.

With this course you will also receive:

FREE Beauty Kit including: emery boards, manicure sticks, hand lotion, mask brush, mask removing sponges and a headband.

Course Benefits

Designed to be completed over a two year period, this fascinating course can prove to be the perfect stepping stone to boosting your career and opening new avenues of work.

Even if you don’t dream of starting your own business, the theoretical knowledge you can take away from this course can help you to climb the ladder and effectively manage a team of employees.

At the same time, the written assignments can help you to achieve a level of comprehension and competency that will enable you to take this understanding and apply these skills within a real and practical setting.

With this course, you will be able to:

  • Boost your career prospects and skills portfolio within beauty therapy, massage and management
  • 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
  • Access instant support from our personal tutors and Student Support team – help is only one click away


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

Beauty Salon Management Level 3:

Unit 1: Your Idea, Your Planning, Your Business

  • The business plan
  • Phone numbers
  • Websites and email
  • Profit and loss accounts
  • Market research
  • Business objective
  • Mission statement
  • Further knowledge and legislation

Unit 2: Recruitment

  • The process of recruitment
  • Equal opportunities
  • Job advertisements
  • Shortlisting
  • Interviewing
  • Making the job offer
  • Employee rights
  • Inductions
  • Appraisals

Unit 3: Salon Housekeeping

  • Housekeeping
  • Health and safety
  • Salon cleanliness

Unit 4: Your Customers and Their Care

  • Receptionist
  • Trust and confidentiality
  • A client’s visit – step-by-step

Unit 5: Financial Management

  • Income and expenditure
  • The cash register
  • Petty cash
  • Invoices
  • Cheque books
  • Accountants

Unit 6: Marketing Your Dream

  • Different styles of promotional material
  • Promoting the salon to potential markets
  • Consumer and market research
  • Customer questionnaires


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

Please Note: No external examinations are required.

Required Knowledge

No previous knowledge or experience in beauty therapy is needed in order to enrol onto this course.

Awarding Body

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. 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.

The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.

ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


We take pride in our ability to support our students throughout their learning experience, so whilst all of our courses may be designed for home study; this doesn’t mean you have to struggle alone.

Instead, you can enrol rest assured that you’ll be surrounded by a continuous network of support, from start to finish.

From our comprehensive study guides, course materials and resources to the ready availability of our personal tutors; you can harness years of industry advice and experience and use it to maximise your learning potential.

All of our personal tutors are specialists in their field. This means you can confidently reach out to them; ask them your questions, and benefit from their specialist knowledge, guidance and advice.

At the same time, you can harness the tips of our Student Support Team – at a click of a button – and get the answers you want when you need them.

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 12 month period.

Unlike other providers, there are no credit checks or application forms to complete during enrolment.

Finance is provided directly via Association of Learning. To meet the criteria 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 is not up to scratch you can re-try 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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