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Hair and Beauty

Introduction to Beauty Therapy, Nails and Make-up level 1 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for one year.

Entry requirements

  • Three GCSEs grade 2 or above including English and a positive school report.

If you don’t currently meet these entry requirements, you maybe able to study a Level 1 Foundation Learning course.

You will achieve

You will achieve:

Beauty Therapy Technical Certificate Level 1
Other qualifications and participation certificates where appropriate

Course overview

Worth billions of pounds in the UK, beauty therapy has always been a successful industry.  More students are choosing to study beauty therapy qualifications to kick-start an amazing career. From offering nail art to facial treatments, there are many ways for women and men to look their best. Anyone completing beauty therapy courses is opening a whole new career in which they will be in demand.

With one client, you could create bespoke nail art that sets them apart from everyone else, or you may help a bride to design her make up for the big day, followed by eyebrow shaping and waxing for another client. The more skills you can offer, the more variety you will have and not just on one given day, but throughout your career.

Beauty therapy and the services you offer are all about the people.  You can have a huge impact on someone and their confidence in themselves.  If you are a people-person, have tact and diplomacy, as well as a natural ability to connect with people, as a beauty therapist, you will be forever popular.

Some students on beauty therapy courses choose to find employment at a beauty salon, spa or clinic. They enjoy being part of a team and may have the opportunity to take part in further training specific to that company. They may like the security of being employed and prefer the hours of work. It may also be that they don’t have the room or premises to offer their services on a self-employed basis. Or, you may decide to open your own high-street clinic or spa or offer your services to clients in the comfort of their own home. You could also convert a room in your home to offer your popular beauty therapy services from home. You won’t need to worry about job or income security either, as with high-quality qualifications and beauty therapy courses, the services you offer will be in demand.

This course is an introduction to beauty therapy. You will learn the skills required to assist the Beauty Therapist in their role and carry out treatments within a commercial salon environment.

Course content

On this course you will start to build the practical skills and knowledge that you need to start a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Course themes:

  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Prepare for and maintain the beauty therapy work area
  • Assist with facial treatments/carry out express facials
  • Assist with nail treatments on the hands and feet, carry out express manicures and pedicures
  • Assist in reception duties


You will be assessed continuous assessment and examination.

You will be required to purchase an essential equipment kit, make up kit, uniform, shoes and text book before starting the course which are ordered using the order forms which will be provided at the interview.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

On completion of the programme you may wish to progress to Level 2 Beauty Therapy   Level 2 Nail ServicesLevel 2 Beauty Therapist Apprenticeship or Level 2 Hairdressing.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Introduction to Beauty Therapy, Nails and Make-up level 1 Full-time

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