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Beauty Therapy Level 1

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB126
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This programme will provide you with an introduction to the skills required to be successful in the beauty industry.

You will learn make-up application, manicure and pedicure treatments plus nail art.

Many of our students build their confidence through practicing their new skills within the on campus salon and spa, Academy.  With the level 2 and 3 students to support and guide level 1 learners. 

Many of the course tutors have come from the beauty industry and provide industry knowledge as to how to present a professional image and what it required to work within the beauty sector.

What will I study?

This course includes the following:-

  • Health and Safety
  • Presenting a professional image
  • Skin care
  • Basic make-up application
  • Basic manicure treatments
  • Basic pedicure treatments
  • Nail art
  • Working with others


16-18 year old students qualify for free kit and uniforms. Students aged 19 and over may qualify for subsidised uniforms based on individual needs

Entry Requirements

You will be required to attend an interview and provide evidence of good attendance, punctuality and a commitment to achieve.


How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments on models in a realistic working environment. Theory assessment may be online or paper based.

What can I do next?

If successful in your studies you will decide, through guidance with your tutor, as to which Level 2 Diploma course to follow to enhance your career prospects.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Beauty Consultant

Beauty consultants sell beauty products by helping customers choose the right products to buy. In this role you’ll give customers advice on how to make the most of their appearance, and sometimes give makeovers to demonstrate products.

To do this job you’ll need an outgoing personality and a friendly manner. You’ll need to be able to communicate well and have excellent customer service skills. If you’re interested in fashion and make-up then this job may be perfect for you.

You don’t need any specific qualifications to become a beauty consultant. You’ll need a smart appearance and a high standard of personal hygiene. Experience in retail, sales or customer service would be an advantage. ?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Beauty Therapist

As a beauty therapist you will carry out face and body treatments for clients to help them look and feel better.

To work in this role you need to be open and friendly. You need to be able to make clients feel relaxed and also be a good listener. If you love the idea of making people feel good and look their best, a job as a beauty therapist could be perfect for you.

To get started as a beauty therapist you will usually need a qualification in a related subject such as beauty or beauty therapy. You may also be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship.??

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Nail Technician

If you are interested in beauty and fashion, this job could be perfect for you. To become a nail technician, you will need to have creativity and patience. You will also need an organised approach.

Customer service and 'people' skills will be important, to enable you to talk to customers and find out what type of nail treatment they want.

You'll also need to keep up to date with the latest fashion trends.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Make-up Artist

As a make-up artist you would apply make-up and style hair for anyone appearing in front of a camera or a live audience. You may work in film, television, theatre, concerts, photographic sessions or fashion shows.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.