Spa Management BA (Hons) / FdA

3.8
8 opinions
  • Great, well chosen lecturers although particularly well organised.
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  • I was studying and they made changes to the course which was confusing around what modules involved and the way you hand your assignments changed halfway.
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  • It's been great, very social learning curve. They give you a lot of support for all your aspects of life.
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NVQ

In Birmingham

Price on request

Description

  • Type

    NVQ

  • Location

    Birmingham

  • Duration

    3 Years

  • Start date

    Different dates available

Overview
The number of spas has grown exponentially in the last decade to make them an important part of the UK leisure industry, worth up to £70 million a year. In addition, the wellness sector has seen a considerable growth of 9% globally.
To create a successful spa you have to create an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, manage a variety of specialist therapies and run an efficient and profitable business. Most hotel resorts now have their own spas and they are looking for trained professionals with the skills needed to manage them at home and abroad.
This course gives you the leadership skills and practical experience you need to be able to manage a spa or start your own spa business. For those who are interested in working overseas, there is the opportunity to learn another language to further improve your career prospects.
Why should I chose this course?
You will examine the range of activities that make up the spa industry and gain practical experience and the essential business skills you need to manage a spa or start your own business.
You will develop your management skills and learn how to apply financial, marketing and human resource management theory to the spa environment.
You will take a high-level view of the international spa industry, examining the strategic issues affecting development of the spa concept in the UK and around the world.
You will get the chance to work on your own research project, which creates an opportunity to critically analyse a particular area or field of spa management that interests you.
You will also get the opportunity to choose a second language to study alongside your course to add to your qualifications and career prospects.
Kit / uniform
You will need to purchase a kit and a uniform which portrays UCB’s corporate professional image in our practical areas. The kit will cost approximately £40 and the uniform will cost approximately £65 including your name badge. An optional cardigan is also available to...

Facilities

Location

Start date

Birmingham (West Midlands)
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Summer Row, B3 1JB

Start date

Different dates availableNow taking bookings

About this course

Entry requirements Spa Management BA (Hons) Tariff for February 2017 entry: A minimum of 240 UCAS Tariff points. Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 96 UCAS Tariff points from at least two A Levels or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff. Spa Management FdA Tariff for February 2017 entry: A minimum of 140 UCAS Tariff points. Tariff for September 2017 entry: A minimum of 56 UCAS Tariff points from at least one A Level or equivalent. Find out more about the changes to the UCAS Tariff. Non-tariff: Non UCAS Tariff based Level 3 qualifications are also...

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Opinions

3.8
fantastic
  • Great, well chosen lecturers although particularly well organised.
    |
  • I was studying and they made changes to the course which was confusing around what modules involved and the way you hand your assignments changed halfway.
    |
  • It's been great, very social learning curve. They give you a lot of support for all your aspects of life.
    |
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4.3
fantastic

Course rating

Recommended

Centre rating

Former Student

4.0
17/09/2017
What I would highlight: Great, well chosen lecturers although particularly well organised.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Amy

4.0
08/09/2017
What I would highlight: I was studying and they made changes to the course which was confusing around what modules involved and the way you hand your assignments changed halfway.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Heather Edgerton

4.0
06/09/2017
What I would highlight: It's been great, very social learning curve. They give you a lot of support for all your aspects of life.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Fozia Rahman

3.5
06/08/2017
What I would highlight: The experience is overall great. The staff is very friendly and welcoming. Support system is approachable.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Jessica Dodd

3.5
05/08/2017
What I would highlight: It's going very well. My favorite part was the practical exercises and the fact that I'm learning new things.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Leila Heddouche

3.5
04/08/2017
What I would highlight: The course is going well, I'm enjoying it. I now have a job in a spa. The life in Birmingham is nice.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Courtney Lawrence

4.0
03/08/2017
What I would highlight: Easy, friendly and informative course. I've met incredible people.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes

Colleen Phillips

4.0
02/08/2017
What I would highlight: All the staff is there is you need any help.
What could be improved: .
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
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This centre's achievements

2018

All courses are up to date

The average rating is higher than 3.7

More than 50 reviews in the last 12 months

This centre has featured on Emagister for 10 years

Subjects

  • Marketing
  • Industry
  • Massage
  • International
  • Risk
  • IT risk
  • Innovation
  • Project
  • Financial Training
  • Financial
  • Market
  • Leadership
  • Image

Course programme

Modules
FdA students will study modules for years 1 and 2. Upon successful completion FdA students will have the option of progressing onto the final year.
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Year 1
Business Operations
You will gain an appreciation of the key business disciplines needed by a manager in the business environment and be able to apply them directly to the industry. You will understand the reasons for fluctuating interest rates, economic downturn and how celebrities become global products due to the power of marketing.
Academic Skills (SSCS)
Your vital skills and abilities will be developed to enable you to study effectively at an undergraduate level. Key learning concepts will be identified and related to skills relevant to the industry, which will then be developed through a variety of tasks and activities. This is done in a relevant context that takes into account the wider education and community focus of your course as a whole.
People and Organisations
To help you with the fundamentals of understanding the management of people, you will be looking at the internal structure of large and small organisations. This module also examines current business theory, with a focus on the practice of managing people within a variety of organisations.
The Spa Concept
You will explore the history of the spa and how it has evolved into a major international industry. The spa environment will be considered with a view to examining design, image, market demands and expectations. The concept of wellness is explored and how it is determined by the customer lifestyle. You will explore how spa staff manage quality standards, the personalisation of services and customer education.
Pathway one (for previously qualified therapists)
Physiology of Ageing
You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the ageing process. Advances in 'anti-ageing' treatments on offer to the public and how the ageing process affects these spa and beauty treatments will be discussed and explored as well as elements of dermatology, anatomy and physiology.
Therapeutic Techniques
You will cover the signature treatments of two well-known brands used within the industry. Supported by lecturers, you will work in UCB's beauty therapy suites and practice signature face and body treatments using active ingredients and current product technology.
Pathway two (for non-therapists)
Salon and Spa Practices
You will be provided with the knowledge and practical skills for a range of treatments. This will include skincare, waxing, cosmetic treatments for eyes and hands and feet. You will also study all aspects of health, safety and hygiene associated with these treatments.
Facial Therapies and Body Massage
You will carry out facial treatments for both male and female clients whilst learning body massage techniques in order to carry out full body massages to commercial standards. This module includes practical sessions with paying clients within a commercial environment.
Year 2
Advanced Massage
You will be introduced to contemporary forms of massage therapy suitable for a spa environment. You will study a range of specific massage techniques such as hands-free massage, Thai massage and lymphatic drainage techniques.
Finance for Enterprises
Business managers are required to have an understanding of key financial concepts that are critical to business success. How much money is the business making? Can suppliers be paid on time? How much should we charge for services? Money management is crucial to business start-ups, so you will be learning how to prepare financial statements, make decisions and monitor growth.
Managing Human Resources
This module will develop your understanding of aspects of individual and organisational behaviour and will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of human resource issues in the context of the industry.
Marketing Management
Marketing is essential for any business to remain competitive and successful, so you will examine the use of marketing tools, planning marketing functions and consider competitive advantage. You will be manipulating the marketing mix to meet a variety of marketing objectives to get a clear understanding of marketing strategy from the perspective of a marketing manager.
Research For Enquiry
You will be developing your expertise in the evaluation and use of essential research tools through class activities and scenarios. You will be encouraged to challenge research through your own analysis and establish your own research objectives and tools in order to collect and evaluate information and data.
Spa Operations and Signature Treatments
You will examine the uses of current spa equipment and facilities and analyse them in regards to suitability and purpose. The use and safety of pools and saunas is explored so that you can gain an appreciation of spa operations. You will learn a variety of practical techniques such as marine spa treatments, relaxation rituals, body envelopment treatments and spa rituals to include Thalgo's signature body massage.
Year 3
Enterprise Risk Management
Risk is becoming an important function for business managers and owners. You will learn about enterprise risk management techniques and strategies employed by businesses operating within increasingly complex and dynamic environments. Key risk areas include human resources, finance, IT, marketing, health and safety, innovation and product development, leadership and corporate governance and business continuity.
Innovation in the Spa Industry
You will explore and analyse innovation in spa service industries and develop an approach to spa services that sees innovation, creativity, social and political change as essential components of the industry. You will also conduct research into aspects of diverse innovations within spa management.
International Marketing
We live in an interconnected world, so it's important to examine how organisations explore new market opportunities beyond national boundaries. As a result, you will become more aware of the technological, communication and transportation challenges businesses face and the options they consider when seeking a foothold in a new country.
International Spa Management
By developing your skills in spa design and operational issues, you will build upon your current knowledge in order to develop concepts for a new spa. Spa facilities will be considered with regard to purchasing decisions, sustainability and services management. You will consider how your spa designs will compete in the international market, incorporating strategies to support the global environment.
Research Project
You will have the opportunity to engage in an independent research project of your choice. You will have support with preparing your proposal and understanding the competent characteristics of good research. An appointed tutor will help guide you through this important and rewarding process.

Additional information

Teaching & assessment Teaching is carried out by appropriately qualified and experienced lecturers and a typical teaching week will have up to 16 contact hours made up as follows: Large group teaching - 4-6 hours of lectures in lecture rooms. This depends on the students previous qualifications. Smaller group teaching - 2-3 hours of teaching in smaller groups. Practical teaching - 0-4 hours of teaching in the salon environment. This will depend on the students previous qualifications. Tutorials - 3 hours being a mixture of personal, group and academic tutorials per week Individual study In addition, you are likely to need to commit 20 hours a week of your own study time in preparation for teaching sessions and preparing for and completing assessment. UCB Online provides a 24 hour access to learning and support material. Work experience UCB will encourage and actively support students in sourcing appropriate work experience opportunities. Assessment Assessment is designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a number of ways and so a variety of assessment methods are used. An estimated breakdown of the assessment for this course is as follows, however this will depend on student’s prior qualifications and module pathways studied: Coursework - 68% Practical assessment - 23% Written examinations - 9% Please note that the information provided above is indicative only and actual timetables and assessment regimes will be issued to students at induction. Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Spa Management BA (Hons) / FdA

Price on request