Beauty Therapy

Apprenticeship Details

Qualification: NVQ Type: Apprenticeship
Length: Approx 1 Year Starting salary: £12,000 - £17,000 (once qualified)

This Apprenticeship is about improving people’s wellbeing by making them look and feel better. Beauty Therapy covers a range of treatments, from simple facials and make-up jobs to waxing.

As a Beauty Therapy Apprentice, you’ll assist senior therapists and learn a range of skills and techniques, such as how to improve facial skin conditions, wax body hair, spray tan, shape and colour brows, perform hand and foot treatments, and apply make-up.

On the Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll work as a Beauty Therapist, learning techniques like body massage as well as more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair and improve skin condition.

You’ll work closely with clients and will need the ability to put them at ease, and generally be pleasant and personable.

Most therapists are based in salons, although some can work in hospitals, resorts and even cruise liners. It can be a glamorous career choice: with further training you might become a make-up artist for film and TV or help develop new products. In future you might run your own salon, or work for individual clients.

After successful completion of an Apprenticeship, you could go on to study specialist areas like massage, aromatherapy, hydrotherapy or reflexology.

Intermediate Apprenticeship You will need 4 GCSEs at grade D or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or a relevant Level 1 qualification and Level 1 Maths and English.

Advanced Apprenticeship You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas (one of these must be in English or Maths) or successful completion of an Intermediate Apprenticeship, or equivalent.

Intermediate Level Apprenticeship:

  • Junior Beauty Therapist
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Junior Make-up Artist

Advanced Level Apprenticeship:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Beauty Massage Therapist
  • NVQ
  • Functional Skills
  • Technical Certificate

Assessment is through practical observation and theoretical tests.

A Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship can open doors to a fantastic career! You could continue with your studies, undertaking degree level study at university after an Advanced Apprenticeship. Foundation Degrees such as Film and Media Make-up are becoming increasingly popular. You could also decide to study for a number of professional qualifications in your industry, or train to become a teacher of Beauty Therapy.

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