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Beauty Therapy and Media Make-Up

The hair and beauty industry is an ever growing area, always requiring new people to learn the skills required to work with clients.

Do you have a talent for making people look and feel great? There are some excellent career prospects in beauty therapy, nail technology and media make-up. Our media make-up course also allows those who wish to pursue a career in TV and film, fashion, photography and special effects to gain specialist skills in areas such as prosthetics. All of our students study in our state-of-the-art facilities, gaining real-life work experience by working on paying members of the public who visit us for treatments - find out more about The Salon.

So what can I study?

BEAUTY THERAPY LEVEL 3

If you have studied Beauty Therapy - Level 2, this is the next stage of your journey to becoming a qualified beauty therapist.

BEAUTY THERAPY LEVEL 2

This course is designed to help you embark on a career in the beauty profession. All relevant aspects of beauty therapy are covered over the year and leads to the diploma qualification.

NAIL TECHNOLOGY LEVEL 2

If you have an interest in nails and are considering working in the industry, this course is for you. Over the course of a year, you will study various techniques, from repairing of nails to nail art, as well as customer service skills.

THEATRICAL, SPECIAL EFFECTS, HAIR AND MEDIA MAKE-UP - LEVEL 3 (DIPLOMA)

This course is for those wishing to pursue a career within a variety of specialised fields including TV and film, fashion, photography, special effects, make-up and stage. You will need to successfully complete a level 2 course in the same subject before progressing to Level 3.

MEDIA MAKE-UP LEVEL 2

This course is for those wishing to pursue a career within a variety of specialised fields including TV and Film, Fashion, Photography, Special Effects, Make-up and Stage.

INTRODUCTION TO HAIR & BEAUTY - LEVEL 1 (CERTIFICATE)

If you're looking to embark on a career in the Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy industry, this is the course for you.

See also Hairdressing

Let's hear from our students

Jennifer Ford
Media Make-Up Level 3

A video will follow shortly.


Daisie Thurston

Meet the tutors

Natalie Fletcher and Stephanie Munden


Jema Bywater & Laura Goldsworthy



Kelly Townsend

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We invite you to take a guided tour with us to see the Hair & Beauty facilities at our King’s Lynn and Wisbech campuses.

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FAQs

Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    Theory, tutorial, maths and English sessions are currently online which means you are at home to access these. We have an online site called Learn where all resources are uploaded which means if a session is missed due to isolation, all work can still be accessed. Hands are sanitised on entry to the salon and hand washing takes place throughout the sessions. Group numbers are smaller in practical sessions to limit the amount of people within one room. Government guidance is followed, and masks are worn when in sessions if the 2-metre rule cannot be adhered to and both visors and masks must be work for all practical work. There are one-way systems in place in the salons and building and everything used is sanitised before and after use. The timetables are slightly different this year due to planning the courses effectively to meet government guidance and keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Our full-time course is usually 3 days, but this may be over 5 days this year to fit in with online sessions and limit the amount of people in the buildings. You will have a mixture of theory, practical and tutorial sessions timetabled. Some will have maths and English timetabled too if this is being retaken. Practical sessions are usually 3 hours and are in the salons. Theory and tutorials can be in the salon or a classroom.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    There is a lot of practical involved in this course, however there is also a lot of theory to learn too. Theory work is made up of homework, assignments and online exams for each unit. Practical will be carried out on each other and paying clients. Please note this course does contain beauty units along side the nail technology units.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    There is a tutorial session once a week to meet with your course director or the progress coach. Skills development sessions are also available if you require extra support particularly with English and maths. The progress coach provides pastoral support and student services and advisors that can help with a range of services.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    You are required to complete 60 hours of work experience and we usually ask you to start this in October and complete by May. This would be a placement in a salon, spa, nail salon, hairdressers or anywhere else which relates to the industry. We have a work placement co-ordinator who will support you through this time. You can complete the placement in a block of hours during half term or a few hours every week over a number of weeks. This will be decided with you and the employer. This placement provides you with skills and experience of working in the industry and can really help you gain confidence in the area.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    If you pass level 2 nail technology you will be able to start working in industry or you can progress onto level 2 beauty therapy, level 2 media makeup or level 2 hairdressing. There are a wide range of career opportunities that are available. You can work in a salon, be self-employed, work in spas, hotels, leisure centres, on cruise liners after level 3, become a trainer, work for a product company. You can add on extra courses that are not in level 2 to increase your skill set.

  • Do I have to wear a uniform?

    Yes. Our learners wear a black tunic and black trousers or a black dress with black, flat, enclosed shoes. Hair must be tied up and off the face. Hygiene should be maintained. The information about getting the uniform is given to you once you are accepted onto the course. It is a requirement of the awarding body and the industry that we must wear a uniform.

  • What jewellery am I allowed to wear?

    For nail technology, the requirements of the awarding body are that we are only allowed to wear one pair of stud earrings, a wedding band and a fob watch. This is for hygiene and health and safety purposes.

  • Am I allowed nail extensions on?

    No, not at the beginning of the course for hygiene, health and safety reasons and you will be carrying out units of beauty therapy for example manicures and eye treatments so your own nails must be free from nail enhancements and gel polish. Once the course is underway, you will eventually be working on peers.

  • What other opportunities do you provide?

    We arrange trips to hair and beauty exhibitions. We also have product companies come in to give you information on career opportunities and train you in their products. We offer other training opportunities such a short add on courses. Trips and extra courses are optional and come at a small cost, however, we try to keep these as low as possible.

  • Do I need a kit?

    Yes. This information will be given to you along with the uniform information. These are kept at a cost as low as possible.

  • Do I need to have all of the treatments too?

    Yes, unless you are contra-indicated. You should be able to understand how each treatment feels and be able to explain this to your client.

Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    Theory, tutorial, maths and English sessions are currently online which means you are at home to access these. We have an online site called Learn where all resources are uploaded which means if a session is missed due to isolation, all work can still be accessed. Hands are sanitised on entry to the salon and hand washing takes place throughout the sessions. Group numbers are smaller in practical sessions to limit the amount of people within one room. Government guidance is followed, and masks are worn when in sessions if the 2-metre rule cannot be adhered to and both visors and masks must be work for all practical work. There are one-way systems in place in the salons and building and everything used is sanitised before and after use. The timetables are slightly different this year due to planning the courses effectively to meet government guidance and keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Our full-time course is usually 3 days, but this may be over 5 days this year to fit in with online sessions and limit the amount of people in the buildings. You will have a mixture of theory, practical and tutorial sessions timetabled. Some will have maths and English timetabled too if this is being retaken. Practical sessions are usually 3 hours and are in the salons. Theory and tutorials can be in the salon or a classroom.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    There is a lot of practical involved in this course, however there is also a lot of theory to learn too. Theory work is made up of homework, assignments and online exams for each unit. Practical will be carried out on each other and paying clients.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    There is a tutorial session once a week to meet with your course director or the progress coach. Skills development sessions are also available if you require extra support particularly with English and maths. The progress coach provides pastoral support and student services and advisors that can help with a range of services.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    You are required to complete 60 hours of work experience and we usually ask you to start this in October and complete by May. This would be a placement in a salon, spa, nail salon, hairdressers or anywhere else which relates to the industry. We have a work placement co-ordinator who will support you through this time. You can complete the placement in a block of hours during half term or a few hours every week over a number of weeks. This will be decided with you and the employer. This placement provides you with skills and experience of working in the industry and can really help you gain confidence in the area.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    If you pass level 2 beauty therapy, you can progress onto level 3 which are more advanced treatments. If you do not want to move to this level, you can go onto level 2 nail technology, level 2 media makeup, level 2 hairdressing. There are a wide range of career opportunities that are available. You can work in a salon, be self-employed, work in spas, hotels, leisure centres, on cruise liners after level 3, become a trainer, work for a product company. You can add on extra courses that are not in level 2 to increase your skill set.

  • Do I have to wear a uniform?

    Yes. Our learners wear a black tunic and black trousers or a black dress with black, flat, enclosed shoes. Hair must be tied up and off the face. Hygiene should be maintained. The information about getting the uniform is given to you once you are accepted onto the course. It is a requirement of the awarding body and the industry that we must wear a uniform.

  • What jewellery am I allowed to wear?

    For beauty therapy, the requirements of the awarding body are that we are only allowed to wear one pair of stud earrings, a wedding band and a fob watch. This is for hygiene and health and safety purposes.

  • Am I allowed nail extensions on?

    No. For hygiene, health and safety reasons, we are not allowed long nails or have anything on them. This means no nail varnish, gel or nail extensions.

  • What other opportunities do you provide?

    We arrange trips to hair and beauty exhibitions. We also have product companies come in to give you information on career opportunities and train you in their products. We offer other training opportunities such a short add on courses. Trips and extra courses are optional and come at a small cost, however, we try to keep these as low as possible.

  • Do I need a kit?

    Yes. This information will be given to you along with the uniform information. These are kept at a cost as low as possible.

  • Do I need to have all of the treatments too?

    Yes, unless you are contra-indicated. You should be able to understand how each treatment feels and be able to explain this to your client.

Level 3 Beauty Therapy

  • What adaptations are currently in place for your course as a result of Covid-19 restrictions / government guidelines?

    We are following government guidelines for both close contact services and education, so our classrooms look a little different and our lessons are also planned in a different way to ensure the safety of students and staff at all times. You will see many changes around the building such as one-way systems and hand sanitiser on all entrances, in the classrooms you will see that we also have one-way systems and that there has been a reduction in products and equipment which is kept in the salons to avoid unnecessary contact and ease of cleaning. Every room has its own sanitising stations to ensure all resources and equipment can be sanitised regularly. We actively encourage social distancing where possible, masks are worn at all times (except when receiving a facial treatment along with government guidelines). Visors are also worn when carrying out practical. Resources are kept within the bubble, everything is sanitised after use. Regular handwashing is mandatory for practical tasks. PPE when required. We have an active online learning platform which is used and updated regularly, so should the need to go to online learning happen or a student needs to self-isolate, access to learning resources will always be available

  • What does a typical timetabled day on this course consist of?

    Each day will have a mixture of theory and practical, this is mostly in the salon environment but can sometimes be in a classroom or computer room. Your timetable may also contain English and maths and you will have a tutorial session during the week. You will be in college for 3 to 4 days a week but some of these days maybe half days.

  • How is the course structured in terms of balance of theory / practical etc and what are the expectations in terms of assignments, exams etc?

    For each unit you will complete some theory and practical tasks, this can be in the form or assignments or exams for theory and practical observations for practical. These will be carried out on real people, so the experience and assessment is as close to real life as possible.

  • How are learners supported on the course (e.g. tutorials, 1:1 sessions, extra help etc)?

    Each week you will have tutorial sessions with your course director, you will have the opportunity to discuss your progress on the course as well as any other issues or concerns you may have. There is also the opportunity to receive 1:1 sessions to support your learning if required. We have a progress coach available to for pastoral support alongside that of your course director. Student Services are able to offer a range of support which can be accessed through your course director, progress coach or directly.

  • Does the course involve work experience / placement and if so, how does this fit into the course timetable?

    You will be required to carry out work experience in a beauty related environment, such as a salon or spa. This will be carried out on the days you are not in college. It is a good idea to consider where you would like to go and also approach these places once you have decided on your course, as you will be required to arrange this soon into your course.

  • What are the progression opportunities/job prospects after this course? What kind of careers do your students go into afterwards?

    There are a large variety of opportunities once you have completed the course, such as employment or self-employment in a salon or spa. Progression onto other courses such as nail technology, short courses to upskill or Level 4 and above courses. These opportunities expand to cruise ships, destination and hotel spas all over the world.

  • Are there any extra costs involved in the course?

    We try to offer enrichment opportunities such as trips, visits and additional training. These do come at a cost, but we try to keep this as reasonable as possible. Lots of training companies offer reduced price training to colleges. Participation in these is optional.

  • Do I have to have the treatments done?

    You will have to carry out and receive ALL treatments unless contra indicated. This is to give a fair experience - you cannot explain what a treatment is like to a client if you haven't received it, plus it’s always nice to be on the receiving end of a massage!

  • Will I have to treat clients, real people?

    You will be required to do treatments on paying clients. We run regular client sessions and have lots of clients who book. All clients know they are receiving treatments from a student and you are supported throughout by your tutor. This may differ slightly at present depending on the current situation, but we continue to monitor the government’s recommendations.

  • Do I have to wear a uniform?

    Yes, you are required to wear a uniform to all practical sessions as well as meeting industry standards for personal appearance, which includes impeccable personal hygiene, hair up and off the face (a bun is the recommended style), a light day make-up, and short, clean nails with no nail polish or extensions. Jewellery is limited to one small stud in each ear lobe and a wedding band. These are industry and awarding body rules and there is no leeway on these.

  • How much homework will I get?

    Any homework set will be linked to the outcome of the course, you may have to complete research or an assignment, an online quiz or revision of a subject or treatment. Although we cover as much as possible in class, you will need to revise and read over what you have learnt to ensure you have a good understanding and are ready to sit exams. You are expected to spend a couple of hours a week on these tasks but some weeks this will be just revision.



Careers Virtual - Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Get insights into where our courses can lead you. See example work tasks and find real job vacancies.

Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

£27,000

Potential Salary

Hairdressers and barbers

£17,000

Potential Salary

Beauticians and related occupations

£19,000

Potential Salary

If there is something we haven’t covered or you would like to explore further if this course is for you, then our tutors are here to speak to you.

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