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Level 1 Beauty Therapy

Subject Area

Hair, Beauty, Holistics & Well-being

Student Type

Students aged 16-18

Study Mode

Full Time

Course Type


What is the course about?

Would you love to work in the exciting world of beauty therapy? Do you enjoy learning in a practical way? If so, this course could be ideal for you! This exciting one-year course is the perfect introduction to the glamourous world of the beauty industry, providing you with a springboard to build the skills necessary to progress through the levels and onto a successful career.

Why should I choose the course?

There has never been a better time to enter the bustling hair, beauty, and media make-up industry. HABIA states the industry size and turnover annually in this sector is £6.2 billion, employing nearly a quarter of a million people. As one of the biggest growing industries in Cheshire currently, there are plenty of opportunities to earn high wages. Learning on your course will take place in our state-of-the-art salon, The Academy, which features fully equipped professional beauty therapy suites. Being immersed in this front-facing salon environment and working on real paying clients will give the opportunity to put your newly developed skills to the test and receive live, honest critique.

What will I learn?

During this exciting course, you will be introduced to a range of beauty techniques, which will then allow you to specialise in beauty therapy in your second year. There will be a key focus on team-working, along with working independently, to prepare you for work in a real salon. You will also develop skills and knowledge within the art of photographic make-up, provide basic manicure treatment, skincare, provide basic pedicure treatment, and even competition work. Modules will include skincare, basic make-up, basic manicure and pedicure treatments, nail art and health & safety.

You will build a portfolio of evidence including observation, witness statements, audio-visual media, written questions, oral questions, assignments, and case studies.

What will the course lead on to?

After successfully completing this course, you will have the skills and knowledge needed to progress on to the Level 2 Beauty Therapy course or Level 2 Hair & Media-Make up course.

Are there any links with industry and university?

In order to enhance your learning and knowledge of the wider sector, you will have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers throughout your course, who will come in and talk about their specialist area or their working environment. Past guest speakers have included a range of employers and manufacturers such as Kaeso, as well as previous students who have progressed with their career and opened their own businesses. We also have strong links with Steiner, a connection which will open your eyes to the exciting opportunity of working in beauty therapy on cruise ships whilst travelling the world. We will also support you in securing a work placement in a relevant vocational setting, enabling you to gain a taste of a real-life working environment. This could even be your opportunity to impress and secure a part-time job.

What support is available?

You will be allocated a progress coach who will provide you with support to help you succeed on your study programme and progress on to your chosen career or progression path. We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if required, as well as a Welfare Team that is on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed.

Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college.

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Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

Studying in our professional beauty therapy facilities will give you a real insight into working within this industry. We offer access to professional products and resources, keeping up with the latest trends in the industry to make your learning dynamic and relevant. Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge and expertise within this fantastic and creative field and draw upon their industry experience to enhance your learning. Our team of specialist tutors have a variety of experience within national companies, including management, and have an array of specialist qualifications, making your learning unique and tailored. You will also have the opportunity to go on valuable trips and visits to complement your learning. Previous students have attended hair and beauty exhibitions such as ProBeauty and Hair & Beauty UK, to hear from leading professionals in the industry and sample the latest products. You may also put your skills to the test at special events, such as charity events.

What are the entry requirements?

You will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 2 or above. If you have not already achieved a grade 4 in your GCSE English and/or maths, you will be required to work towards achieving either a functional skills qualification or a GCSE in English and/or maths as part of your study programme.

Are there any additional costs associated with the course?

You will be expected to purchase a uniform to demonstrate your professional standards. Further details will be available upon application.

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36 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee

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