This course is accredited by two separate examining bodies; ITEC and QQI
ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning, and examinations. Graduates who achieve ITEC qualifications can become overseas members of ITEC. Examinations take place in April and May. Case studies are required for ITEC modules.
This is a full-time one-year course which runs from September to May.
I qualified as a Beauty Therapist eight years ago in a private college after doing a part time beauty course. I left the industry for some time but was keen to go back and refresh my skills and knowledge. When Beauty Therapy became available in Westport CFE, I was delighted as I did not need to travel far. I started all over again in Level 5 and I haven’t looked back since. This course has taught me so much that I had never learned before! The products and equipment in the College are of the highest standard and there is a lovely working atmosphere here. My knowledge and confidence have doubled. I love it!’
Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks. Books, uniform and essential class materials may be required, you will be given an outline of these costs at your interview. ITEC exam fees cost approx. €350. QQI Examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on presentation of a valid medical card. A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on the course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt from this fee. There is also a €100 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.
Electrolysis is the common term used to describe the permanent removal of unwanted hair. An electrical device is used along with a needle and probe. The needle is used to apply the electrical current to the root of the hair, this current is responsible for destroying the blood supply to the hair therefore preventing future hair growth. Student therapists will learn in depth about the various types of hair and hair growth, the endocrine system, electrical science and health and safety. The learner will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide Electrical epilation/electrolysis.
QQI Assessment technique: Theory exam 20%; Collection of work 20%; Practical exam 60%;
Body massage, Figure diagnosis and Body electrics are all components which combined result in the complete body therapy qualification. Figure diagnosis is the study and analysis of different body types. We study all of the body types along with problems that may arise within tissues and muscles. Body electrics are used as part of the programmes we design for clients to help correct problematic areas in the body. Specific techniques are used to treat cellulite and sluggish circulation as well as specific problem areas. Using these therapies along with body massage, we can improve skin texture, muscle tone and figure faults.
The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practices underpinning body and beauty science and treatments to work independently in carrying out specialised body and beauty treatments to meet a range of client needs.
Assessment technique: Assignment 20%; Theory Exam 30%; Practical Exam 50%
Students study the holistic nature of Indian head massage and gain an understanding of the Ayurveda tradition. Also, through the study of anatomy and physiology students learn the physiological and psychological effects and benefits of Indian Head Massage. Consultation techniques are practiced prior to treatments so students understand how to adapt treatments to suit a client’s needs. Training in appropriate aftercare, homecare, health and safety and record keeping is also covered.
Assessment: Practical exam 70%; Theory exam 30%
In this module students learn about the effects of stress and how to reduce stress levels through massage treatments. Students gain an understanding of the purpose and method of consultation and issues surrounding consent to treatment. Training in on-site massage includes the ability to adapt the treatment to suit a client’s needs within a commercially acceptable time limit. The importance of aftercare, homecare and record keeping is also taught as part of the professional approach expected by a massage therapist.
Assessment technique: Practical exam 70%; Theory exam 30%
During this module students will plan and prepare for successful participation in a relevant work placement (a minimum of 60 hours). Students assess their present skill levels and are encouraged to research and plan for future education and employment opportunities. Students will also develop their understanding of the world of work, including the rights and responsibilities of both employer and employee. The work placement and subsequent feedback from supervisors assists students to make better informed decisions about future career choices.
Assessment technique: Collection of work: 60%; Skills demonstration: 40%
This module aims to allow students to develop their skills relevant to vocational, personal and interpersonal communications. Students gain an understanding of the use of modern information and communication technology (ICT), in personal and vocational life. This course will assist students to gain greater confidence in their written and oral communication skills needed for both the workplace.
Assessment Technique: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%