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We are committed to ensure that our therapists are trained to the highest industry standards, providing each student with the knowledge, confidence and skill needed to achieve in the beauty and massage industry.

Throughout their training, we will place emphasis on technique, skill, attention to detail and customer care. We will seek to embed employability and life skills necessary to achieve in a competitive industry.

We will embed the confidence needed to achieve, with our culture of success, positivity and belonging, building a team of therapists who not only have the qualifications to achieve but also the belief that they can aspire to greater things’

The Queen Katharine Academy Beauty and Massage department prepares students for a career in industry. The department is managed by a fully qualified professional therapists with over 10 years’ experience.  We use professional products, tools and equipment to ensure that our students are trained to the highest standards.

Accredited by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) our courses are monitored and regularly assessed to ensure that we meet their high standards of excellence.

On successful completion of the course, our students are qualified therapists, and can look forward to careers on cruise ships, spas and salons as well as being self-employed.

These course are available to students studying in sixth form.


Level 2 Diploma for Beauticians

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma for Beauticians is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who are in a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beautician.

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty treatments including false eyelashes, gel polish application, nail art, manual tan application, manicure, pedicure, eyelash/eyebrow treatments and make-up applications. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed.

There is no prerequisites for this course but interest in a career in the beauty industry would be an advantage.

Units of Study

  • Health safety and hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Eyebrow shaping services
  • Make-up applications
  • Manual tan application
  • False eyelash application
  • Gel polish applications
  • Nail art services
  • Promote and encourage beauty retail sales
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauticians

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Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty massage therapist. This qualification will support you to gain employment as a beauty massage therapist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 2 qualification in beauty therapy  and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty massage therapist including mandatory units covering the following: body massage, pre-blended aromatherapy, client care, stone therapy, health and safety, Indian head massage.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and massage medium products. You will develop a range of technical skills enabling you to provide a variety of relaxing massage treatments using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.


Units of study

  • Explore the origins of massage and principles of complementary and alternative medicine
  • Provide body massage
  • Provide massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
  • Client care and communication in beauty-related industries
  • Apply stone therapy massage
  • Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
  • Maintaining personal health and wellbeing
  • Provide Indian head massage

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