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Beauty Therapy

Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: 18 months

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About the course

Do you want a job as a beauty therapist, to travel the world as a beautician or run your own beauty salon? Beauty therapy Apprenticeships at City College Plymouth are a fantastic way to make your mark and start working in the health and beauty industry straight away. You’ll start a job as a trainee in a local salon and attend the College to complete your training, whilst earning a weekly training allowance. The beauty industry has remained recession-proof, as TOWIE wannabes ensure their fake tans are a suitable shade and an increasingly obese society tries to shift the pounds. Fake eyelashes, styled hair, immaculate make-up, these all take professional help … and you can really benefit from this undying trend by starting an Apprenticeship. You’ll receive training and assessment in providing facials, manicures, pedicures, waxing, make-up and eye treatments and we’ll introduce you to the anatomy and physiology related to each treatment. We’ll also teach you about health and safety in the workplace, employment skills and reception duties. The Intermediate Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy is equivalent to five GCSEs. The Advanced Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy is equivalent to three A Levels and is the perfect choice for those who have successfully completed a level 2 beauty qualification and are already working in the industry.

What you'll learn

Intermediate Apprenticeship
Your Apprenticeship will cover the following subject areas:

  • health and safety
  • develop effectiveness at work
  • promote additional products or services to clients
  • providing facial skincare treatment
  • enhancing the appearance of eyebrows and lashes
  • carrying out waxing, manicure and pedicure services.

Plus optional units:

    • fulfill salon reception duties
    • provide make-up services.

Functional skills – maths level 1 and English level 1 are studied, along with employment rights and responsibilities, and (PLTS) Personal Learning and Thinking Skills.The course will also help develop independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.Advanced Apprenticeship
During the Apprenticeship you will study nine units covering the core body and facial electrical specialist units, as well as body massage, Indian head massage, core theory units and a specialist unit on maintaining personal health and well being.During the second year you will study a further eight units, which include your everyday beauty therapy techniques such as manicure, make-up and waxing to name but a few, as well as specialist techniques in hot stone massage, epilation and aromatherapy.Also Key functional skills will be addressed along Personal Learning and thinking skills (PLTS) – Independent enquiry, creative thinking, reflective thinking, team working, self-management and effective participation.

Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of functional skill entry assessments at the Work-based Learning and Schools Partnership department and a vocational assessment carried out by the Beauty Therapy team at the College. Progression onto the advanced Apprenticeship is often following successful compeletion of the internediate Apprenticeship, or another level 2 hair and beauty course.


There are a range of external assessments as well as practical, written and oral assessments to accompany each unit. Projects and portfolios of evidence are also required. Functional skills will be addressed along with personal learning and thinking skills, and employment rights and responsibilities.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2018/19 (August 2018 – July 2019). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2019/20.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.