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

Why beauty and complementary therapy

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

Basic Waxing Techniques

  • Course code: WAX
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Duration: Six weeks

Skin Tanning Techniques

  • Course code: TAN
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Award
  • Course type: Part-time
  • Duration: Six weeks

Nail Technology

  • Course code: NAS2
  • Level: 2
  • Qualification: Certificate
  • Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Part-time
  • Duration: 24 weeks
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