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Complementary Therapies Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    Salon Owner? Mobile Therapist? Whatever your aim, this course will help you to kick-start your career!
    Learning skills and techniques from the experts, you’ll soon progress on to treating members of the public within our professional beauty treatment rooms.
    This Level 3 course provides a comprehensive background in complementary therapies and will prepare you for employment in the industry.
    Work experience is an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
  • What you'll learn

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    This programme is made up of a variety of units, including:

    • Aromatherapy
    • Reflexology
    • Body Massage
    • Principles & Practices of Complementary Therapies
    • Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
    • Setting Up a Business in Complementary Therapy
    • 30 Hour Work Placement

    Optional trips will also be available to enhance your learning experience.

    Elements of Study

    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
  • Entry requirements

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    We ask that you have three GCSEs at grade 4 or above and the Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2.
    We will invite you for an informal interview and ask you to provide a satisfactory school reference.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed through a mixture of assignments, exams, practical assessments and case studies in
    a realistic work environment and classroom-based activities.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Groups and Times

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    Group: Comps L3. First class: 08 September 2022. Last class: 13 Jul 2023
    • Thursday : 10:00 - 12:30
    • Thursday : 13:00 - 16:30
    • Thursday : 17:00 - 21:30
    • Friday : 09:00 - 12:30
  • Course Fees

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    Tuition Fee: £4670.00
    This course may be free if you are aged 19-23 and do not already hold a full level 3, or higher, qualification.
    If you’re eligible to pay the full cost of the course, you could choose to fund this with an Advanced Learner Loan
    To learn more, visit
    There is also the option to pay these fees in monthly instalments however, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    You can opt to pay these fees in monthly instalments. However, this is currently only possible by enrolling on campus.
    Courses fees are subject to change.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme.

    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes master classes; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your university application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    After you have completed the course you could progress on to a Higher Education course at College or university, or complete Level 4 Complementary Therapies.
    Following further study you could work as:

    • A Massage Therapist, earning between £20,000 and£30,000 per year.
    • A Beauty Therapist, earning between £12,000 and£18,000 per year.
    • A Salon Manager, earning between £18,000 and £21,000 per year.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    Most conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    The best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We endeavour to staff this service from 9am – 7pm, Monday to Thursdays and until 4pm on Fridays (during term time).
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is still very important to us and so there may continue to be an element of study outside of the classroom during the 2021/22 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during these times or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    09:00 - 17:00
    15.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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