Course Info 020 3757 3000



Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 10/09/2018
End Date 05/07/2019

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16-18 Free
19-24 £994 p/ year
24+ Please Enquire
International £9,000 p/ year


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This course offers a combination of skills required to work within the Make-up and Beauty industry. Consisting of facial, skincare, the use of skin camouflage, eye enhancement (tinting, shaping and lashes) and make-up application techniques. Also including employability skills such as personal and professional development, customer service, retail, health & safety in the salon and the skills required to instruct clients in the use and application of skin care products and make up products. This course has been specifically designed to enable you to learn both aspects of Beauty Therapy and make up techniques so that you can broaden employment options in the beauty industry and specialise in make up artistry. You will achieve a qualification accredited by the awarding body VTCT. You will also attain certificates to add to your CV for enrichment workshops delivered by external companies popular to the Make-up and Beauty industry such as Eve Taylor product knowledge, Airbase make-up, Mac and FX lash effects. English and maths qualifications are a requirement for most jobs and it is important that you are able to demonstrate your ability in these areas. If you do not already have a grade C or above in GCSE English and maths you will automatically undertake further study in these subjects as part of your study programme.

Aims of the course

This course will give you the training you need to become a practising Beauty Therapist specialising in make-up techniques or a make-up artist.

Unit Breakdown

You will learn through a variety of activities in the class and also through work experience in the college salons. You will study subjects such as:

  • Facials and skincare
  • The use of skin camouflage
  • Eye enhancement (tinting, shaping and lashes)
  • Make-up application techniques
  • Instruct clients in the use and application of skin care products and make up products.
  • Personal and professional development
  • Customer service and retail
  • Health & safety in the salon

You will also study functional skills or GCSE in English and maths. You will have a personal tutor to guide and support you through the course. A weekly tutorial allows you and your tutor to develop individual learning plans that will assist in learning and in developing responsibility for your own learning.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed through practical assessments and by building a portfolio of work throughout the year. You will be using e-portfolios and will be trained how to use the latest technology to manage your portfolio. Regular reports on progress are provided to parents/guardians of students aged under 19 years. The programme is unit based and is delivered individually at different stages throughout the course. You will be assessed when you feel you are competent. There are three areas of assessment:

  • Practical observation: you carry out the skill on clients
  • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill.
  • Written: you will complete assignments and online exams.

Progression Opportunities

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior beauty therapist specialising in make-up, learners may choose to develop their skills further by undertaking Technical Level qualifications in beauty therapy at Level 3, including: -VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF) -VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (QCF) -VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-Up (QCF) -VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF)

Career Options

What can I earn in the beauty industry? When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a qualified beauty therapist you'll be starting on a career path with the opportunity to progress and earn a good salary ? whether you work for a salon or spa, or decide to set up on your own. For example: Beauty therapists start on around £14,000 a year and can earn £16,000 with a few years' experience Beauty salon managers earn an average of £27,000

If you're inspired by the idea of a career in the beauty industry, we offer a wide range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. You'll learn a variety of beauty techniques as well as gaining business training and the chance to participate in industry-recognised competitions ? preparing you for your first role in this exciting industry. To find out more go to or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs D-F / or 3-2 (in 2017 GCSEs) Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above


Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using tools and products recognised in the industry. Our skilled staff will utilise technology such as ipads and television viewing screens to support practical learning ensuring that you can view demonstrations and close up shots as many times as you need to during your practice. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients that book in to visit the T'ien salon. There will be opportunities to venture out on educational visits and participate in professional training and workshops offered by external companies, and there will be competition work.

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