Beauty Therapy and Spa Management - FdA [Part Time]

Level 5 - Foundation Degree or HNCs/HNDs or NVQ Level 5 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hair and Beauty

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Part-Time


If you are enthusiastic and passionate about the ever growing beauty and spa industry, this course offers you a unique opportunity to enhance and develop your career. This course has been designed to develop advanced technical and theoretical skills required by industry. You will gain work experience in our innovative advanced clinic within The Retreat, our own beauty salon and spa, which has been recognised as a Centre for Excellence by the International Institute for Anti-Ageing. As well as gaining work experience within our own clinic, through our strong employer links you will also have the opportunity to gain a placement in various salons, spas and clinics. Previous students have secured placements with Gleneagles Hotel, Pro Skin, City Retreat and Seaham Hall. You will work with recognised professional brands such as Elemis, Environ, Agera Chemical Peels and Jane Iredale and have access to specialised equipment such as our Energist VPL, 3D Lipo, Microdermabrasion and CACI machines.


This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: Flexible
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

Those who have completed a Full L3 Beauty Therapy qualification including facial and body electrotherapy and wishing to develop skills in Advanced Beauty Therapy/Spa Treatments and gain management knowledge

Qualification Gained

FdA Beauty Therapy and Spa Management.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.


Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

Course Content

Year 1
Academic Study Skills
– Development of academic study skills to support HE study.
Consumer Awareness and Marketing - Develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of the importance of customer service and marketing.
Personal Development or Recognition of Prior Learning – Develop personal study skills to support in education and future career choices.
Physiology and Ageing - Develop in-depth knowledge of the physiology of the skin and its effect on skin conditions and ageing.
Spa Treatments – Includes innovative treatments that will prepare you for employment and the expanding spa industry.
Work Related Learning - Provides an opportunity for students to understand and reflect on practices and issues within their vocational area.

Optional modules:
Laser and Pulsed Light Therapy
– Develop knowledge and understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of laser and pulsed light therapies, including safe working practices and identification of potential hazards.
Reflexology - Develops the in-depth knowledge and skills required to deliver an effective reflexology treatment.


Year 2
Advanced Massage
- Implement and evaluate advanced body massage techniques.
Advanced Treatment Technology - Increase your knowledge of advanced skin treatments and technology.
Human Resource Management - Develop your knowledge of procedures and practices with regards to employment, appraisals and remuneration.
Professional Development - Review and develop employability and transferable skills.
Salon and Spa Management - Build your knowledge in the principles and practices of salon and spa management.
Work Based Learning - Provide you with the opportunity to research a relevant topic within the industry/workplace.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, group work, seminars, practical sessions and a work placement. Assessment is carried out through client case-studies, presentations, reports, an exam, time-constrained assessments, assignments, debates.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed through:

  • Case studies
  • Presentations
  • Reports
  • Time constrained assessments
  • Assignments
  • Exams

Progression Opportunities

If you successfully complete the course you could progress to a BA (Hons)  in Business Management.

Career Opportunities

The course will give you the skills and knowledge to pursue a range of roles including managerial within aesthetic clinics, health clubs, spas, hotels and product and equipment companies.
Previous graduates have secured employment with Steiner Cruise Liners, Pro Skin, Transform, Silverlink Clinics and with some setting up their own business.

Entry Requirements

  • UCAS points 160 - 200
  • L3 Beauty Therapy qualification
  • NVQ or BTEC National Diploma or equivalent with Facial and Body Electricals
  • Satisfactory Reference
  • Reasonable IT skills

In line with professional practices, students will be required to wear professional salon wear during practical sessions.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 or above.

Additional Requirements

  • Students must wear salon uniform- black tunic/trousers/ skirts, black indoor footwear as appropriate
  • Nails must be short and without polish
  • Students must have full dexterity and be able to stand and lean for long periods of time (learners with difficulties will be assessed on an individual basis)
  • A good standard of personal hygiene and appearance is essential, as well as the ability to communicate well and to work effectively with others
  • Candidates must be willing to carry out treatments on each other and receive treatments
  • No jewellery or facial piercing may be worn in the salon environment
  • Must be able to provide paying clients for practical assessments
  • 100% attendance is expected

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail:
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs

You will need to purchase a standard professional uniform for work in the salon (Price TBC). Additional cost of £100 for Elemis training. You will normally have to pay for course items such as stationery, books and equipment. You will also be encouraged to participate in study trips, which will vary in cost depending on the nature of the trip

Additional Course Costs

Higher Education courses

If you are interested in a Foundation Degree, Honours Degree or Postgraduate course you will be pleased to know that Newcastle College has some of the most competitive HE tuition fees in the country. Many people are eligible to apply for a tuition fee loan from Student Finance England to cover fees. For friendly advice please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.