You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment in maths and English, will undertake a skills test and should present a current portfolio of work. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study. If you are a mature student, we may be able to take into consideration your previous experience in your chosen subject.
You will be required to complete one mandatory unit:
Optional units are:
You will be assessed via written reports, essays, presentations, vocationally based projects, practical assessments and case studies.
There is a kit and uniform to purchase. Full details will be given at your interview.
This course is ideal for individuals who want to progress to higher education or management within the sector, to a Foundation Degree in Spa Management and/or to Teacher Education qualifications.
There is a wide variety of job opportunities for qualified beauty therapists, including salon and spa work both in the UK and abroad. Beauty therapists can also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and in health clubs.
With further experience, they can become salon owners or follow careers in make-up for photography and fashion, teaching and training, or as technical advisors for manufacturers of beauty products. They could also look at becoming self-employed.
Award-winning former beauty student Ebony Saxton loved her Derby College course so much that she would like to be a beauty lecturer herself one day Ebony, who initially took a VRQ level 2 diploma in Beauty Therapy at the college's Ilkeston campus, successfully completed the advanced programme in Year 2. Described by her tutors as "a vigilant learner who pays great attention to detail", she gained distinctions in all her units, exceeding her targets.And, in recognition of her hard work and dedication she received the Sensi Hairdressing, Holistic & Beauty Therapy Award in the Derby College Peak Awards. It was this same professionalism and motivation while on work experience in a Kimberley beauty salon which led to Ebony getting a job she loves. As a trained therapist with Izabella's Secret, Ebony does massages, facials, manicures and pedicures – with nails her favourite treatment. Ebony, who served in the army cadets while at school, had a great time at college and would like to return at some stage so she can one day lecture in beauty therapy.
I loved college so much that I miss it. I learned such a lot on my course and the lecturers were amazing.
I'm still learning in my job but at some stage I'd like to go back to college and train to be a lecturer.
I got some experience in teaching in the army cadets and really enjoyed it.