Beauty Therapy Level 1 Diploma

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Key information

Qualification type


Course code



Level 1


1 year


Kings Road,
Reading, RG1 4HJ

Start date

Sep 2020

Do you want to pursue a career in beauty? Then this is the course for you.

Every year, we successfully train many students in becoming fully-qualified beauty therapists. By choosing a career in this industry, you will have the opportunity to combine creativity with customer care; helping people to look and feel great. Beauticians are specialists in discussing and understanding client requirements, analysing and advising on skincare and beauty regimes, giving treatments, and applying cosmetics.

This Level 1 course will give you a broad base of knowledge and you will learn how to perform effective beauty treatments. You will attend college full time, participating in practical salon and classroom sessions to gain hands-on experience of these wonderful treatments.

We will help you develop the skills you need to work in the beauty therapy industry, including:

  • communication
  • problem solving
  • professional standards
  • client consultation
  • time management
  • customer care
  • creativity

What I'll learn

The course is divided into ten subjects to include practical units in skin care, face painting, basic hand care and manicure. You will be required to complete a series of tasks to accompany each of the practical units in order to be successful in this programme. Functional skills in English, maths and ICT will be part of your timetable and will enable you to progress onto Level 2 Beauty Therapy. You will have a tutor throughout your course to support you and make sure that you are on track to complete your qualification.


How I'll learn

You will watch demonstrations of all of your treatments and then practice on a partner. Teaching and learning methods will be a mix of: theory, self directed study, research and practical client sessions. You will begin by working on each other and progress to models.

All of your theory classes will be taught with the aid of a work pack and may also include research whilst in class. The majority of tasks will be completed whilst in class so that you can have help and support in understanding what is required. All work packs and hand outs will be put onto our virtual learning site Moodle so that you are able to download any information needed.


How I'll be assessed

One unit has a theory exam. A portfolio of evidence will be built up during the course and practical observations of your treatments learnt. You will also get to create and design your own hair and beauty image, based on a theme chosen by you. All practical assessments will be carried out on the general public as well as friends.


Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements are required but you must have a good udnerstanding of English.

It would be good to have a creative ability with clear communication skills and knowledge of science and/or PE theory (not essential). 

A college, navy-coloured uniform and Level 1 kit is essential to purchase prior to starting the course. Information will be given prior to enrolment.


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.