Faculty of
Retail & Commercial

Beauty and Spa


  • Title: Beauty and Spa
  • Code: F08311
  • Level: Level 3
  • Length: 1 Year(s)
  • Term: Full Time
  • Faculty: Retail & Commercial


  • Spa/hotel Therapist
  • Spa Manager
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Cruise ships

Beauty therapists typically earn between £12,000 and £18,000 a year. Salon managers can earn over £20,000 a year.

Refer to student services if 19+

16-18 no course fees (this may vary if non UK resident)

Purchase of a kit and uniform are essential - the cost of these items varies from year to year

This course consist of:

  • Promotion and selling
  • Body Massage
  • Facial & Body Electrotherapy
  • Indian Head Massage OR Stone Therapy
  • Spa Treatments
  • Additional (compulsory) unit


Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)
Complete an online application form.
  • Independent learning
  • One externally set, externally moderated practical exam
  • One externally set, externally marked exam (theory)

The course is graded pass, merit and distinction

  • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
  • A1/A2 Assessors Awards
  • Advance Apprenticeships.

History of good attendance and punctuality.

The award body recommend that a level 2 Diploma in Beauty therapy or equivalent industry experience is necessary alongside GCSE qualifications and grades

The Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma focuses on body treatments which includes a range of massages and other services. We have specialist facilities in college which includes a spa pool, sauna and large well equipped  salons to accommodate commercial activities that are open to the general public.

A1/A2 Assessors Awards.

HE International Spa Therapy

Working in the College commercial salon environment and providing treatment services .

Work experience in a commercial external environments is an essential part of the course and 35 hours have to be completed alongside the course timetable. 

  • Nail services
  • Retail
  • Hairdressing
  • Make up courses

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development

Visit: www.oldham.ac.uk or Call: 0161 785 4000