Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Part Time
Duration 30 weeks
Start Date 01/10/2019
End Date 12/06/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £1,645 p/ year
24+ £1,645 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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From 2016, changes in legal and regulatory body requirements will mean that beauty therapists carrying out IPL or LASER treatments will require a level 4 qualification in these specialist treatments (also acknowledged by insurance companies). This course builds on existing knowledge and understanding of therapy skills and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment. The course includes the skills involved in providing a thorough consultation with the client to formulate a specific course of treatment, tailored to suit individual needs, use laser/IPL treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair removal and to manage the health, safety and security of the salon.
You will be awarded with a VTCT accredited qualification on completion of the course.

Aims of the course

The aims of this course are to enable you to promote yourself as an advanced therapist providing safe and professional laser/IPL treatments for hair removal and skin rejuvenation.

Unit Breakdown

Units included: Client care & communication in beauty related industries. Management of health, safety and security in the salon. LASER/IPL treatments for hair removal. LASER/IPL treatments for skin rejuvenation. These units are all mandatory.

Additional/optional units may include: Dermatology & microbiology. Microdermabrasion. Chemistry of hair and beauty products. Physiology of ageing. Salon management.

Assessment Method

There are three methods 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 carry out independent research and complete an assignment and online exams.

Progression Opportunities

Further study qualifications could include: -VTCT Level 4 award in physiology for Advanced Beauty Therapy (QCF) -VTCT Level 4 Certificate in salon management (QCF) -VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy (QCF) -VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management (QCF) -VTCT Level 4 Certificate in micropigmentation.

Career Options

This qualification aims to enable you to enhance the range of services and techniques offered to clients: -Working in commercial salons. -Working independently/self-employed. -Working in an advanced medical/spa setting, leading to further opportunities in qualifications and training.

Entry Requirements

You will need to be qualified up to level 3 in Beauty Therapy (including electrotherapy or epilation) or another relevant qualification/training background e.g Tattoo removal, Laser or IPL experience. You will meet with staff to discuss if this course is suitable for you and you will complete a free writing task that indicates an appropriate level of English ability and may be trade tested if required. A good standard of IT skills is also required as some of this course is delivered via blended learning and is also assignment based as well as practical skill.


Practical skills are delivered by highly trained and experienced industry experts using tools and products recognised in the industry in our fully equipped salons. Our skilled teaching 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.

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Standard College Application

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