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The UK hair and beauty industry has doubled in size in just 15 years, so it's never looked better as a long-term career choice.View courses »

With job vacancies set to grow, the beauty sector is a great choice for stepping onto or moving up the career ladder. All of our courses are run by enthusiastic tutors with first-hand experience of the beauty industry. They'll give you the skills, expertise and qualifications for finding your perfect job, whether that's joining a beauty salon, opening a nail bar or doing make-up for showbiz stars. You'll also enjoy our brilliant facilities, not to mention learning programmes packed with variety and the chance to make some great industry contacts.  

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A wide variety of settings now employ people with skills and qualifications in beauty-related professions, including spas, holiday resorts, hospitals, prisons, theatres and film sets, high-street retailers, cruise ships and airlines. 

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We'll give your career a valuable head start by putting you in touch with professionals and business owners who actually work in the beauty industry.

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Beauty Consultant
£13,000 - £22,000

In this job you would help customers choose the right beauty products. You would also help customers make the most of their appearance.

Nail Technician
£12,000 - £16,000

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

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Pamela O-Donnell Cooper, Course Leader, Beauty

"As well as lecturing at College I'm also a professional make-up artist, specialising in professional hair and make-up for film and TV special effects. I also work in the fashion and bridal industries, along with editorial and commercial print. I'm actually a Vogue-credited fashion make-up artist, a member of MAC Pro and a media make-up artist for ITV. All in all I've clocked up more than 20 years' experience and worked with some of the biggest names, like Lancôme, Christian Dior, Paula Dorf, Bobby Brown & Screen Face. It's funny when people call me the 'make-up guru', but I love having the expertise to help students get on in their chosen career."

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Former Level 2 Fashion & Photographic Make-up student, Judy Trolland

"I'm here because I really like doing make-up and I have a young family at home, so this was the perfect course with the time as it is a part-time course so I can do it as well as working. I think the best thing about the course is learning all the different make-up skills and the tutor is really helpful. I would definitely recommend the course because it is fun and you get to learn how to do make-up and it's perfect!"

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Beauty Courses

Course Attendance Start date
VRQ Level 1 Beauty Therapy Full-time September 2017
VRQ Level 1 Certificate Beauty Therapy - January Start Full-time January 2018
Level 2 Nail Enhancements Part-time (evening) 6th March 2017
Apprenticeship NVQ 2 Beauty Therapy Part-time (day) Various
Award Manicure & Pedicure Services - Level 2 Part-time (evening) 3rd October 2016
Level 2 Photographic Make-up Award Part-time (evening) October/November 2017 (to be confirmed)
NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy Intensive (1 day per week) Part-time (day) September 2017
VRQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy Full-time Week beginning 5th September 2016
Advanced Apprenticeship L3 in Beauty Therapy – General route or Massage route Part-time (day) January 2017
Award in Microdermabrasion Part-time (evening) 9 January 2017
Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Beauty Full-time January 2017 & September 2017
Level 3 Award in Bridal Hair Part-time (evening) January 2018
Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical Special Effects, Hair & Media Make-Up Full-time September 2017
Level 4 Laser and light treatments for hair removal Part-time (day) 7 March 2017
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