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There is so much more to beauty than making someone look great. Browse our range of beauty and complementary therapies courses.

Why beauty and complementary therapies

From building someone’s confidence through a new look to helping to lower their blood pressure with a stress-reducing massage, you will be having a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing by choosing to enter this industry. 

But not only that, you will potentially be placing yourself at the heart of your community, with the power to turn someone’s bad day into a brilliant one. By choosing beauty and complementary therapies, you are choosing superpowers. 

There is still a lot we don’t know about the potential healing powers provided by the beauty industry, but as more and more people look to alternative methods for managing their health, the wellness industry will continue to grow at a rapid rate. 

Choose your course

Nail Technology

  • Course code: NTS3D
  • Level: 3
  • Qualification: Diploma
  • Awarding body: Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
  • Duration: One year
  • Course type: Full-time

Facial Massage and Skincare

  • Course code: FMS2
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Awarding body: Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT)
  • Duration: 16 weeks
  • Course type: Part-time

Junior Hair & Beauty Academy – Makeup workshop (for 14-16 year olds)

  • Course code: JHBA3
  • Level: E
  • Qualification: Short Course
  • Awarding body: City College Plymouth
  • Duration: Six weeks
  • Course type: Short course
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Future Careers

What you could earn:

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


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Annual openings in Plymouth

“The lecturers, Amanda in particular, are all really good. They really care about your interests.”

Kayla Hicks

“You’re given a lot of time to practise your practical skills to ensure you are happy and confident working with clients.”

Imogen Nicholls

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We hold multiple events all year round, from Year 11 taster sessions to full open days. Our events are a great way to see our facilities, meet our staff and get a feel for life at City College. 

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