What do I learn?
This course allows you to further develop your beauty therapy skills and techniques. You will be taught about health and safety in the salon, and consulting and advising clients on treatments. You will develop your skills in massage techniques including: Swedish massage, Indian head massage, reflexology and aromatherapy while learning new techniques in facial and body electics, non-surgical face-lifts, microdermabrasion, depilation and electrolysis. In addition you will be taught body massage, improving the face and body with electrotherapy and providing electrical epilation. Throughout the course you will run commercial salons at the college to maintain your Level 2 skills. From your work placement you will learn abut supervising in salon management and also about salon finance and business management.
You will learn from experienced staff in our modern salons using the latest equipment. You will observe demonstrations and learn through student participation to develop practical skills and competency. You will develop your knowledge through e-learning systems and by traditional teaching methods. About three-quarters of your time is spent on practical salon activities and the remaining quarter is spent in the classroom. One day a week is a study day. In addition you will have 10 days of work placement which is spread over 10 weeks. Staff will help you to find a placement and this experience will help prepare you for work. You will need to produce a portfolio of practical evidence which is monitored by our external verifier.
What do I gain?
You will be taught by experienced staff in a well-stocked salon. You will develop a combination of skills and experience. There is an exceptionally high progression rate into further study or work in the hair or beauty industries.
What do I need?
To study this course you will require Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma and Functional Skills qualifications. You should have a good reference, creativity ambition and the willingness to accept new challenges. It is essential to purchase personal equipment and salon work wear costing £300-£400. You may be able to access a course costs bursary for a contribution towards your costs.
What can I do next?
This course can lead to work as a beauty therapist, either freelance or in a variety of organisations including salons, health farms, leisure centres and hotels. There is also the chance to progress to further study in complementary therapy hairdressing or related subjects.
What else do I need to know?
The fee for international students for the 2016 entrance is £6,300 per year.