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.
During the course, you will study units including:
- Body Massage
- Indian Head Massage
- Stone Massage
- Blended Aromatherapy
- Anatomy and Physiology
Students will be asked to complete some hours of work placement in a salon.
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:
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Practical Demonstration/Assignment
- Written Examination
Beauty Therapy is an assessment-based programme, and although you will have the time on the course for tutor supported learning, you must be prepared to allocate some of your own time for revision and to complete assignments.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
Beauty Therapy NVQ Level 2 or equivalent, plus you must show interest and motivation with a keenness to learn.
You will be required to purchase a salon uniform (approx. GBP50) and a kit (approx. GBP100) 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.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
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 ship
- Health centres
- Self employed
Progression opportunities to Higher Education include the Level 4 Salon Management 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 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.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over and studying eligible level 3, 4, 5 & 6 courses. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/23).
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.
The fees displayed are for the one-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please get in touch with us for the cost of the second year, as it will be different.
16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/23 and are not studying at another institution.