Course Outline:

Beauty Therapy is a thriving profession. There are continuing developments in beauty products, beauty therapy equipment, practices, and procedures. Levels of education and training are being upgraded in parallel with changing professional therapists’ requirements.

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.


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

Diplomas from ITEC:

  • Beauty Specialist ITEC Level 2 – iBT2D7 (QQI Level 4 equivalent)
  • Anatomy and Physiology ITEC Level 3 – iBT3D9 (QQI Level 5 equivalent)

ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning, and examinations.

QQI Level 5 Award:

  • Work Experience (5N1356)

Course Duration

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

Entry Requirements

A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent is required, although exceptions are given to mature students who are over 23 years of age. Entry is subject to interview.

Careers and Further Progression

There is a huge demand for qualified therapists with the additional option of self-employment. Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Beauty Salons
  • Health Farms/Leisure Centres
  • Cruise Liners/In-Flight Therapist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Make-up and Skin Care Consultant
  • Mobile Therapist
  • Salon Owner
  • Complementary Therapist
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Franchising
  • Spa Industry
  • Teaching/Training

Student Testimonial


Having started this course in September I’ve already learned so much. The course is intense, full and excellently tutored. Joining a group of 16 girls I knew it was going to be a lot of fun in between the study and hands on practical aspects of the course and I was right. The teachers are all friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable in their chosen subjects and all are willing to help out whenever we need it’.


There are no fees to study this course.

Detailed Course Outline:

Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up, (QQI 5N3466)

Good knowledge of the skin is vital for any beauty therapist. It is the foundation for all that we try to achieve in our treatments so for this reason, extensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the skin and all related pathologies is essential. This unit enables the students to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence required to prepare for and provide skin care and eye treatments. This encompasses learning about all aspects of facial treatments including anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, detailed skin analysis, skin pathologies, cosmetic science and health and safety. The learner will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide skincare and eye treatments.

Assessment: Examination (theory) 30%; Examination (practical) 70%

Manicure and Pedicure and Waxing, QQI 5N3467

The nail industry is one of the largest growing areas in beauty therapy. Manicures and pedicures are the basic treatments being offered for natural nails and is often the first treatment a client will choose in a salon or spa. There is an array of further false nail techniques that can be added to the basic Manicure or pedicure such as nail art, gel nails, acrylics, nail piercing and gel polish. As with all treatments it is important to have a good knowledge of the anatomy and physiology first. In this unit, students will learn the structure of the nail and all the anatomy of the hand and arm, leg and foot. They will also need a solid knowledge of all pathologies of the nail, cosmetic science and health and safety. Students will be trained in all the correct practical procedures necessary to provide Manicure and Pedicure treatments. Waxing is a hugely popular treatment in salons and spas worldwide. An excellent knowledge of the structure of the hair and follicle, the endocrine system, types of hair growth and waxing techniques are essential. This unit will provide the students with the essential tools and techniques necessary to provide excellent waxing treatments which can be built upon but is also a foundation for further advanced training. The students will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide all varieties of waxing treatment.

Assessment technique: Exam (theory) 30%; Exam (practical) 70%

Body Massage and Figure Analysis (QQI 5N3465)

This module enables students to acquire the knowledge, skill and competence to prepare for and provide body massage treatments. Students develop an understanding of and carry out an effective figure analysis treatment and learn to recognise its interrelationship with body massage. In order to become a successful massage therapist in the beauty industry students learn a range of skills and techniques as well as the necessary personal qualities and attitudes.

Assessment: Examination (theory) 30%; Examination (practical) 70%

Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice, QQI 5N3470

This module gives students an understanding of the importance of professionalism, ethics, and good working relationships in the beauty industry. Students gain an appreciation of health and safety issues, marketing, PR, and basic bookkeeping. The significance of various roles within a salon are explored as well as the appropriate communication skills practiced in the beauty industry.

Assessment technique: Assignment 30%; Theory exam 70%

Anatomy and Physiology, ITEC and QQI, 5N0749

This Qualification combines the knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology for the Learner seeking employment or self-employment as a Complementary Therapist, Beauty Therapist or Sports and Fitness Instructor. This qualification provides Learners with a sound platform onto further learning or training in Complementary Therapies, Beauty Therapy and Sport and Fitness leading to occupational competency for employment in the Industry. An excellent knowledge in all the bodily systems is essential for all therapeutic practices.

Assessment technique: Collection of Work 40%; Examination 60%

Work Experience 5N1356

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%

Customer Service 5N0972

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to meet customer needs, handle customer complaints and deliver good customer care. Students will gain knowledge of consumer protection legislation, and an appreciation of the rights of all customers. This module is particularly relevant to working in a salon.

Assessment technique: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

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