VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy

This course is designed to help learners to acquire the necessary practical and theoretical skills to become a freelance massage therapist or work in a salon

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4.88 (17 vote)
203 students enrolled
Tutors: Rita Behar
Course Highlights

Only one full day and one half day a week for 17 weeks
Career in the beauty industry
No experience needed
Valuable certificate accredited by VTCT

About the course

Who is this course for?

The Level 3 Diploma in Massage therapy is designed to provide learners with a 20 weeks course in which they will learn the necessary practical and theoretical skills to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a massage therapist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a massage therapist.

A good understanding of English is essential.

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification. It is based on the beauty therapy National Occupation Standards and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a beauty massage therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC.

What will I learn?

Through this unit you will develop your skills in a supervisory role focusing on health and safety within your salon.
You will recognise salon hazards, carry out risk assessments and then implement the necessary actions. You will monitor and support your colleagues to ensure your salon complies with health and safety requirements. You will implement and supervise salon procedures for all aspects of salon safety and security including the need for insurance.
This is a preparation for work unit which is based on capability and knowledge. This unit is about client care and communication in beauty-related industries. You will develop your ability to adapt the provision of client care and your communication skills, to the needs of different clients, as well as learn how to manage client expectations.
The aim of this unit is to develop your knowledge and understanding of how to maintaining your own health and wellbeing.
This will include setting a personal action plan, having clear goals, regular monitoring, reviewing activities, evaluating your progress and updating your action plan. This is a continuous cycle for monitoring your eating, lifestyle, exercise and weight management.
This unit is about the skills involved in providing body massage treatments. You will learn about the classical Swedish massage movements and will be required to adapt massage techniques to suit individual client needs. You will also learn about health, safety, hygiene and client care.
In this unit you will learn about the differences and principles of complementary, alternative and allopathic (conventional) medicine. This theoretical unit will provide you with an understanding of government guidelines, self-regulation and the integrated approach to healthcare and wellbeing.
This unit is about providing hot and cold stone therapy treatments. It covers both massage and the placing of stones on the head, face and body. The ability to adapt stone therapy treatments to individual client needs is also a requirement.
This unit is about the skills involved in providing Indian head massage treatment. The ability to adapt massage techniques to suit individual client needs and the environment in which the massage takes place is very important. You will also learn how to perform Indian head massage with and without the use of oils. To carry out this unit you will need to maintain effective health, safety and hygiene procedures throughout your work.
This unit is about preparing clients for and delivering massages using pre-blended aromatherapy oils. The ability to adapt the use of pre-blended oils and massage techniques to suit individual client’s needs is very important.
You will need to maintain effective, health, safety, hygiene and client care throughout your work.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by professional experts through practical sessions alongside theory in a classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out during the course by an assessor observing your practical work. You will also complete written tests and assignments.

All practical work must be carried out on clients which you will be asked to provide.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to purchase a uniform (black CPBA t-shirt – provided, black trousers and black shoes).

The course fee is


This course can be FUNDED by the government – eligibility criteria applies*.

* You can apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your training that you only have to pay back if you earn more than £25,000 a year.
All learners are required to pay a £10 admin fee that they will get back once they completed the course. For full terms and conditions of the funding and eligibility please visit https://www.cpba.co.uk/course-funding-2/

Entry requirements

You must have a keen interest in massage therapy.
No prior experience is required.
You must be 19 or older.

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About the Tutors

Rita Behar
Further Info

5 Instructor Rating
12080 Reviews
57897 Students
2 Courses

I teach L3 Beauty and L3 Massage here at CPBA
I am very passionate about giving learners the best experience and to motivate them to enjoy the subject and to also see them progress to outstanding therapists and able to gain employment.
I have found that I can create a good rapport with learners and I am inspired to share my knowledge and expertise. I always wanted to be a teacher from a young age, but circumstances put that on hold, but when I returned years later as a student, I found that this was all I ever wanted to be.
My areas of expertise are:
Skincare, holistic therapies, hair removal – waxing, epilation and laser, eye treatments ranging from tinting to single lash extensions.
I do not have any spare time, as my career encompasses most of my time, but on the occasion, I do have time, I love peace and quiet on a beach in an exotic location!!
Having clients leave feeling they have had an amazing treatment, this gives me a lot of satisfaction. There are such a wide variety of treatments to learn and share.
My favourite treatment to have is body scrub, following by aromatherapy massage, I feel relaxed and my skin feels brand new!!


Dorota M.

The course was great and I got a job straight after I finished.

Florin E.
Karina M.

The training was very interesting and also entertaining. The tutor was very knowledgeable. The things I learn will help me to build a career in the industry.

Inga I.

Very nice course. Friendly people.

Doncho B.

Lot of practice which was very helpful.

Cassiana D.
Tatiana S.

I found a new job after I completed the course so I’m very happy.

Angela P.

Perfect. Thank you for the opportunity to learn and grow.

Julian G.

My tutor was amazing. The qualification benefited me because now I have the skills of a massage therapist and the certificate to prove it.

Ioana T.
Irena J.

My skills are greatly improved in massage.

Gitana G.
Daniela Felicia C.
Miklos M.
Alexandra N.

Excellent teaching and practice.

Kitti B.
Istvan K.

The teacher was very professional and helpful all the time.