Beauty Therapy and Spa Management - FdA (Full 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 Full-Time

UCAS Code  BN32


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: 2 Years
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Work Guarantee

As part of our work ready guarantee you will undertake industry training in Elemis, Environ, Jane Iredale Make-up, Advanced Nutrition Programme, Agera Chemical Peels, CACI and 3D Lipo as well as the opportunity to secure an external work placement and work in our commercial salon The Retreat

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 by NCG

Industry Average Salaries

Below are some of the typical job roles and salaries within the sector

Junior Level Role

Newly Qualified Therapist- £10,000

Middle Level Role

Senior Colleague Therapist- £13,000 +

Senior Level Role

Salon Manager- £20,000

How to Apply

Apply for September 2018

If you would like to study a degree at Newcastle College this September you can register your interest here. A member of the team will then be in touch with you to discuss your options.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email


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

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

On successful completion of the Foundation Degree you may decide to progress onto our one-year BA(Hons) Business Management (Top-up).

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

VTCT or NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy (or equivalent) to include modules studied in Facial & Body Electricals
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 6.0 or above

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

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2018 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.