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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 2021

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

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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 13 modules 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.

You will work towards GCSEs in both English and maths to enable you to work towards a grade 4; this will enable you to progress onto level 2 beauty therapy the following year.

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 tasks will be delivered and put onto our virtual learning site known as ALO (Activate Learning Online), so that you able to download any information needed.


How I'll be assessed

The programme is divided into 13 units. Each unit has a practical assessment and a graded piece of work. There are three theory test papers included within the course. A portfolio of evidence will be built up during your course and practical observations of your treatments learnt and recorded.

You will be assessed on each of your practical treatments which are carried out on the general public as well as family and friends. A minimum of 95% attendance is required on the programme to ensure you are not missing essential information.


Entry Requirements

This course is for school leavers aged 16+.

You should want to learn about the Beauty industry in manageable pieces and have an interest in hair and media makeup.

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

You will also need:

  • good communication skills.
  • creative ability (desirable)
  • a positive reference/school report (including attendance and punctuality)
  • a GCSE English language grade 3–2 and a positive effort towards maths

If you haven’t achieved a grade 3 (D–E) In GCSE English at school, you will start at the entry level and work on achieving your grade 3 so that you can progress onto the full level 1 Diploma.


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.