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In Short

You will be prepared for the high standards required to work in this industry, taking professional qualifications, as well as covering the theoretical work required to become a professional beauty therapist. You will gain work experience in both the College and local beauty salons, and visit trade exhibitions such as Professional Beauty.

Entry Requirements

Level 3 candidates must have a Level 2 NVQ Beauty theory. Selection will be based on interview, successful completion of a trade test (at Merit level) and 60% pass rate in theory exam.  All students must have good punctuality, a good attendance level,  positive attitude to vocational area and if required continue to work towards English and Maths at Grade 4.

Course Content

You will study the following units:

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Provide body electrical treatments
  • Provide facial electrical treatments
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide electrical epilation treatments
  • Provide single eyelash extension treatments
  • Provide self-tanning services
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business


As part of your qualification you will also undertake five days external work experience in a local salon.  Staff can support you in finding placements, completion of work experience is a requirement of your course assessment criteria.

How will I be assessed?

You will be continually assessed throughout the course using:

  • Appraisal of practical competence
  • Oral assessment
  • Written tests
  • Portfolio work
  • Assignments


Additional training in beauty or management can lead to opportunities in specialist salons or as industry consultants.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. Specific books will be advised nearer the time of study. You should set aside approximately £150 for equipment plus correct footwear and uniform. You will also need to supply materials including tissues, cotton wool pads, cotton buds and spatulas.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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