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VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Skincare

The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Diploma in Advanced Skincare is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical and theoretical skills in order to provide advanced skincare treatments to the general public and to gain employment in beauty therapy industry.

This qualification is suitable for learners aged 16 and over and is designed to provide occupational competence at level 4. It also provides a sound platform into further training at level4 4.


This qualification is for learners who want to work within the beauty therapy industry in an advanced skincare clinic.

Learning Outcomes


The qualification consists of 6 mandatory units with a total of 338 hours of Guided Learning (GL) to achieve the full qualification.


The main skills the Learner will perform are:

  • Laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation - to include consultation, skin analysis (Fitzpatrick scale), recognising contra-indications and contra-actions, carrying out relevant tests prior to treatment and adapting the treatment to the client’s needs.

  • Microdermabrasion treatments – to include consultation, skin analysis, recognising contra-indications and contra-actions, carrying out relevant tests prior to treatment and adapting the treatment to the client’s needs.

  • Managing health, safety and security in the salon.

  • The chemistry of hair and beauty products – to include ingredients, effects and safe use, packaging materials and the properties and effects of ultra-violet radiation on hair and beauty products.


The learner will also learn about client care and communication and the physiology of ageing which is essential in order to work and be successful in the industry.

It also provides:

  • The related knowledge and understanding required to perform the treatments listed above effectively, in particular dermatology and microbiology and common diseases and disorders that may affect when a client should or should not receive treatment.

  • Opportunities for learners to focus on the development of their wider skills in an advanced skincare setting, such as communicating with clients, working with others and problem-solving.

  • Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment as an advanced skincare therapist.


Entry Requirement


Learners must hold a level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments or equivalent.

Learners who wish to undertake this qualification must also achieve the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Award in infection Prevention (COVID-19) for Beauty Therapy and Nail Services qualification or a regulated equivalent.

Learners must be 16 years and over.


Opportunities for Progression


Once learners have received the VTCT (ITEC) Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Skincare they may progress on to other VTCT (ITEC) or equivalent qualifications at level 4 for example:

  • Level 4 Award in Light Treatment for Hair Removal.

  • Level 4 Diploma in Spa and Salon Management

  • Level 4 Certificate in Radio Frequency

  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin Needling

  • Level 4 Certificate in Skin Peeling

  • Level 4 Certificate in Ultrasound


Opportunities for employment


There are opportunities for advanced skincare therapist to find employment in a variety of areas:

  • Beauty salons  * Hotels * Health clubs * Spas * Own business * Cruise liners


This qualification has mapped to National Occupational Standards where they exist and has ensured that best practice in the workplace has been reflected in the qualification.


This qualification is linked to the relative job roles as well as ensuring that the qualification reflects the required level of knowledge and ability for the advanced skincare therapist at level 4.


All treatment evidence, assignments, internal assessments, and underpinning knowledge must be completed prior to the final practical examination.


The final external examination will be carried out by the external examiner at the end of the period of learning.


Once all aspects of the mandatory units have been completed, learners will be expected to complete an internal mock practical.


The external examiner will also verify a sample of the treatment evidence, performance evidence, assignments and internal assessments.

  • External Theory examination

  • External Practical examination

  • Portfolio of evidence containing – Treatment evidence and Assignment


Learners are required to provide a portfolio of evidence containing treatments and/or case studies that they have performed on clients during their training under the supervision of the lecturer who will monitor the quality of the treatments in order to ensure that they meet the criteria.

Grading: Pass/Merit/Distinction


Course Duration

Available on request


Available on request

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