Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Campus
  • Taunton Campus

Who is the course for?

  • This course is suitable for candidates who have a keen interest in the beauty therapy industry.
  • This is suitable for students who are enthusiastic and committed to joining a full-time course.
  • Students that wish to progress onto higher levels in beauty therapy or work in the beauty industry.

What does the course involve?

Ten units including theoretical knowledge and practical understanding. These include:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principles of practice for beauty therapists
  • Hair removal treatments
  • Facial and skin analysis treatments
  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Light cured gel polish
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Apply make-up
  • Spray tanning treatments

Units are taught in class contact sessions including lectures, tutorials and workshops.

What makes this course special?

  • Opportunity to work within our state-of-the-art training facility.
  • We offer special activities including day trips, and exhibitions as well as a range of guest speakers from highly acclaimed national and international product companies.
  • We also offer additional training from industry to enhance skills and to add to learners' record or achievements/CV, such as ear piercing, nail courses, PHD waxing, Dermalogica training and Airbase make-up.
  • All staff are experts in their own fields, a variety of teaching staff are used to ensure outstanding teaching and learning is delivered on every unit.
  • Learners will gain a wide range of experience and skills within the beauty industry.
  • We have links with Dermalogia, Orly, Caflon to assist in our training.

Placements/Work Placements

Work placements in a salon offer a fantastic opportunity to gain external experience of industry. A week of work experience is an expectation of the programme. You will also benefit from our salon environment provides a realistic working environment for our students to work and to progress into industry. Contacts with local salons and spas enable students to have job opportunities as soon as they are available.

Entry Requirements

Under 19

  • A minimum of five GCSEs in the A* – D or 9 - 4 range including English, Maths and Science, or an appropriate vocational qualification. You need a minimum of 4 in English.
  • A successful interview is also required.


  • No previous experience required, but you must be able to work at Level 2 (GCSE) standard.
  • A successful interview.

What are the assessment methods?

  • Theory online examinations (written, short and extended questions)
  • Practical synoptic assessments
  • Written coursework or assignments
  • Presentations

These assessments take place throughout the year, assessment calendars are given to students to enable planning for these assessments.

How long is the course?

One year full-time

What are the College attendance requirements?

15 hours per week, with an expectation of up to six hours per week of self-study.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

  • Course materials, tunic and text book (prices TBC)
  • Trip £30 (compulsory)
  • Additional training /trips (various/optional)
  • Optional residential

What are the progression options?

Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapies, a business or media make-up course or short courses.

Learners may wish to work in the industry such as beauty salons or spas, self-employed or mobile work.


Past students have worked in Cedar Falls, Rookery Manor, Bridgwater College, Cadbury Spa and many have set up their own mobile businesses.

Awarding Body

City and Guilds

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