As part of the change in the UK regulated education framework from the QCF (Qualifications and Credit Framework) to the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework), CIBTAC is reviewing all of its qualifications in line with the new requirements for the RQF. As part of this review, we have also taken the opportunity to make some further updates to the structure and content of the qualifications to take into account feedback received from our centres and candidates, and with an eye on developments in the beauty and complementary therapy sector at large.
The RQF changes come in for January 1st 2018, however some of the new and updated qualifications will be live early, from September 2017 for our centres to add to their list of qualification offerings and enrol learners if they wish to
A summary of the changes for September is below:
Level 3 Certificate in the Principles of Cosmetic Practice (new)
This is an exciting new qualification designed to provide the skills and knowledge that are required from a Level 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma for a learner new to the study of beauty therapy who wishes to progress to Level 4 qualifications in aesthetic practices, but who does not wish to cover the parts of this diploma not relevant to their career choice. It provides an alternative to the more traditional Level 2 and Level 3 diploma routes, for those perhaps wishing to make a career change into the world of aesthetic practices at Level 4 (such a laser / IPL, chemical peels and micro-needling for example) and has been specifically designed to provide a challenging and interesting qualification as well as the necessary knowledge needed prior to commencing demanding Level 4 study.
Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy (existing qualification - updated)
The Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy has been a long-standing popular choice for learners wishing to progress from Level 2 beauty, and continues to provide the essential skills and knowledge for work as a senior Beauty Therapist, including electro-therapy for the face and body, massage and a range of other great optional units. The major improvement in format for 2017 is the extraction of the Anatomy and Physiology study - essential knowledge underpinning all the units within the diploma - into a single, stand alone anatomy and physiology unit. This provides graduates from this diploma with recognition of their A&P study, which is then "portable" should they wish to continue to study other subjects at Level 3 where there is also a requirement for an A&P unit, as well as streamlining the syllabus and increasing efficiency in delivery strategy .
Level 3 Diploma in Massage Techniques (new)
This new qualification provides a further alternative combination of units to the existing qualifications on offer, and is aimed at the learner who wishes to focus on various styles of massage therapy practice, both for their own interest but also to meet the needs of customers who enjoy, and have come to expect, a range of techniques on the beauty salon menu. Graduates from this diploma will have covered body massage, hot and cold stone massage and Indian head massage styles, without the need for pursuing these across three different courses.