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Course Overview

The level 1 Certificate in Beauty Therapy means that the work you do for this qualification is mainly about practical skills and real work activities. The NVQ is divided into units, each unit covers a different area of your work. You must complete all five mandatory units

The Level 1 Certificate in Beauty Therapy will suit you if you’re just starting out in the industry. You might still be at school or working as a trainee or therapists’ assistant in a salon.

This qualifications can prepare you to work in a salon and help you move up to become a senior member of staff

Course breakdown

To complete this course you will work in the commercial salons alongside level 2 and 3 therapists assisting and supporting salon activities. Once competent in your own skills, you will also be expected to work with clients providing manicures, pedicure and facial treatments to a high standard of professionalism that our clients expect.

You will be required to complete assignments, online knowledge tests as well as the practical assessments that will take place throughout the year.


Level 1
1 year full-time
Course Fees
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Units and Structure

You need to complete 19 credits from the core and optional units:

  • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
  • Contribute to the development of effective working relationships
  • Prepare and maintain salon treatment work areas.
  • Assist with day make-up
  • Assist with nail services.
  • Assist with facial skin care treatments

Skills that you will learn include:

  • Nail services
  • Facial skin care
  • Applying basic make-up.
  • Communication skills
  • Client care
  • Personal development
  • Reception Skills
  • Health and safety in a salon.

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have:

  • Grade 3 or below. Candidates would be expected to continue with GCSE English and maths alongside their beauty qualification.
  • Smart appearance

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

Tutors and Student Support

Student Support and Facilities

As a student, you’ll have access to a wide range of facilities, services and support, including:

  • Step outside the classroom  and access our state of the art facilities as well as 3 huge Learning Resource Centres with thousands of resources to use
  • With hands-on experience you’ll be prepared for employment with a competitive edge.
  • A dedicated impartial careers advice team to help you on your future path
  • Our wide range of courses means that we can offer the right paths to get you where you need to be
  • Our Hub campus is right in the heart of the town centre meaning you can find your way to us easily
  • Outstanding student support throughout your studies with us.

Student Comment

I started college in the summer of 2015. I got accepted onto Level 1 Beauty Therapy. This is where I learned the skills of a basic manicure, pedicure and facial. Level 1 starts off as challenging but once you get your head round everything you are away with everything. Also on this course I met friends for life, along with all the skills I needed to get my part time job at the salon where I still work at now. Completing my Level 1 meant I could progress on to Level 2. You can achieve anything when you put your mind to it.

Student Beauty Therapy Level 1

Progression and Employment

Successful completion of this qualification will enable you to further your studies at level 2 in either beauty therapy, make-up or an apprenticeship.


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Want to apply for this course?

You'll need to have:

  • Grade 3 or below. Candidates would be expected to continue with GCSE English and maths alongside their beauty qualification.
  • Smart appearance

For equivalent qualifications see our Entry Requirements Explained page.

GCSE Grades are changing from 2017. Need to know more? Click here for information.

Application & Enrolment

To apply for this course, please complete our online application form or download a printable form.

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