This course is accredited by two separate examining bodies; ITEC and QQI

We have now been granted Cidesco training college status at Mayo College of further Education. We are delighted to be delivering qualifications accredited by CIDESCO. CIDESCO offers a range of beauty and spa qualifications which are highly valued by employers worldwide.

Diplomas from ITEC:

  • Body Treatments ITEC Level 3 iBT3D12 (QQI Level 5 equivalent)
  • Diploma in Facial Electrics ITEC Level 3 iBT3D15 (QQI Level 5 equivalent)
  • Diploma in IPL ITEC Level 4 iBT4D3 (Diploma in Laser and Light Treatments ITEC Level 4 IBT4D3 QQI Level 6 equivalent

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.

QQI Award:

  • Body and Beauty Science and Treatments 6N3472
  • Electrical Epilation 6N3475
  • Indian Head Massage 6N3477
  • On-site Massage 6N3478
  • Work Experience 6N1946
  • Communications 6N1950
  • Facial Electrics 5N3468

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Dermalogica Body and Facial Training
  • Mud Make-Up Designery Training
  • Presentation from Steiner Cruise Line and In-Flight Recruitment
  • Field trip to the Irish Beauty Show at the RDS
  • Aromatherapy Training
  • Visits to Beauty Salons
  • Visits to Health Farms/Leisure Centres
  • Visits to Cruise Liners/In-Flight Therapists

Course Duration

This is a full-time one-year course which runs from September to May.

Entry Requirements

  • QQI Level 5 or equivalent
  • Entry is subject to interview

Student Testimonial


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!’


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Electrical Epilation (QQI 6N3475 and ITEC Diploma)

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 (ITEC Diploma)

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.

Body and Beauty Science and Treatments (QQI 6N3472)

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%

Indian Head Massage (QQI 6N3477)

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%

On-site Massage (QQI 6N3478)

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%

Work Experience (QQI 6N1946)

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%

Communications (QQI 6N1950)

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%

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