Your browser is unsupported and may have security vulnerabilities! Upgrade to a newer browser to experience this site in all it's glory.
Skip to main content
Course Mode
Start Date
Start / End Time
5:00pm - 9:00pm
33 Weeks
End Date

Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion.

View course department

Course Overview

The Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy (QCF) is a vocationally related qualification that is focused on advanced beauty practices for reducing hair growth using intense light and laser treatments and skin rejuvenation using intense light and microdermabrasion. You will also develop an understanding of product chemistry, the physiology of ageing and the principles of dermatology and microbiology.

This qualification also covers salon management, with the opportunity to learn about management functions such as PR, marketing and research.

Within this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of:

- Management of health, safety and security in the salon
- Chemistry of hair and beauty products
- Physiology of ageing
- Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector
- Dermatology and microbiology
- Apply micro dermabrasion
- Laser and light treatments for hair removal
- Laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation
- Salon management
- Public relations (PR) in the hair and beauty sector

As part of this qualification you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt.

VTCT qualifications are assessed and verified by centre staff. Work will be set to improve your practical skills, knowledge and understanding. For practical elements, you will be observed by your assessor. All your work must be collected in a portfolio of evidence and cross-referenced to requirements listed in this record of assessment book. Your centre will have an internal verifier whose role is to check that your assessment and evidence is valid and reliable and meets VTCT and regulatory requirements.

Evidence in the portfolio may take the following forms:
- Observed work
- Witness statements
- Audio-visual media
- Evidence of prior learning or attainment
- Written questions
- Oral questions
- Assignments
- Case studies

Evidence for this unit must be gathered in a real or realistic working environment.

Simulation is not allowed in this unit. All 'Observation' outcomes must be on real clients.
There are two external papers that must be achieved.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 certificate in epilation or a medical qualification.

You will need to speak to the courses tutor before enrolment. They can be contacted by email:

Anna Harrison:

After Your Course

This qualification may lead directly into employment as a Salon Manager or senior therapist in a Beauty salon or spa or to self-employment as a therapist or aesthetician.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time courses. There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc.

This course is not funded by the government and is full cost. As such, the course is the price stated for all students. If you are paying for your course, there may be the option to pay by instalments if the course fees are over £200 and the course duration is 15 weeks or more. Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.