This course will give you the qualifications and experience necessary to enter the field of beauty therapy and go on to work in beauty salons, spas, as a sales representative, on cruise ships, in health centres, or even start your own business.
You will work alongside enthusiastic and experienced staff and use up-to-date facilities and equipment. The department runs a variety of trips throughout the year, for example, an overseas spa trip. Students also have the opportunity to compete in WorldSkills competitions.
This course will develop your customer care, retailing and team working skills. You will learn how to handle money, multi-task and use your initiative.
This course usually takes place over three days.
This course has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in:
- How to provide eyelash and brow treatments
- Remove hair using waxing techniques
- Applying make-up
- Manicure and pedicure
- Facials and skin care
You will also develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practice in a salon environment, how to contribute to the effective running of a beauty business, how to carry out effective salon reception duties and how to display retail stock to promote sales in the salon. You will also develop a knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learned throughout this qualification.
The purpose of this qualification is to develop your skills in beauty therapy to a high level of occupational ability, to enable you to perform your salon services.
You will learn in a variety of situations including, theory classes, practical workshops and public salons, which are well equipped to prepare you for the industry.
This range of experience is designed to help you gain confidence, independence and professional awareness.
Assessment will be via a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. 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. It may be in electronic or paper format.
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
- Case studies
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main programme. Those students who have not yet achieved a 'C' grade at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them.
Although there are no fixed entry requirements you will be asked to demonstrate your awareness of the subjects, and show a keen interest and motivation.
To study at this level, you should ideally have four GCSEs at Grade 3 or above, including English.
Mature students may be accepted on to the course without formal qualifications.
You will be required to purchase a salon uniform (approx. GBP50) and a kit (approx. GBP150) and text book for your personal use within classes. If the cost of these items would be a challenge and you live in a low income household/ or are in financial hardship, please ask Student Services about the financial support available.
Please speak to the course tutor if you require further guidance.
After Your Course
When you have successfully completed this qualification will have the opportunity to progress to the following VTCT qualifications:
- Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy General
- Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage
You will gain the qualifications and experience necessary to enter the field of Beauty Therapy either locally or further afield.
You could work within the industry in a number of areas, such as:
- Beauty salons
- Health farms
- Sales representatives
- Cruise ships
- Health centres
- Self employed
Progression opportunities to Higher Education include Foundation Degree or Management roles.
We have a good relationship with many local salons - they contact us when looking for staff and carry out recruitment days in the college.
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. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2023/24 academic year.
Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:
- Have an annual salary of less than £20,319.
- Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit.
- Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another school/college.
- Are aged 19 or over on 31/08/23 and do not already have a Level 1, 2 or 3 qualification.
- Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship.
See the Student Money pages for more information.