Diploma in Beauty Therapy | Beauty and Makeup | Level 1

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Course Code: FE0139-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, including English and maths. Qualification: VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 1 Awarding Body: VTCT

Why this course?

This level 1 course will give you an introduction to the Beauty and Makeup industries. This course supports you in developing the knowledge, skills and confidence needed to move on to higher-level studies in Beauty or Makeup.

You will:

  • Develop transferable service industry skills
  • Experience working in brand-new salon facilities in a realistic commercial environment
  • Take part in enrichment activities and trips to enhance your learning journey

Start dates

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  • alumni Views Danielle Long Level 1 Beauty
    The college helped me with one to one support, getting my qualifications and gaining experience of how to work professionally with clients. It is a great college, amazing teachers, you get fabulous help.
  • alumni Views Jenny Hopkins Level 1 &2 Beauty Therapy , L3 award in Theatrical makeup
    The tutors have supported me through exams and helped me to develop the skills to become self-employed beauty therapist.
  • student Views Olivia Ackers Level 1 Beauty Therapy
    It’s a basic training for Level 2 and a great way to meet new people and make lifelong friends.
  • student Views Maisy Whittington Level 1 Beauty Therapy
    “My confidence has grown since starting the course. I am planning to progress onto Level 2 Beauty Therapy”
  • student Views Paige Griffiths Level 1 Beauty Therapy
    “It is a challenging but rewarding course.”
  • student Views Jodie Piper Level 1 Beauty Therapy
    “The course has given me the skills to work with the public and other people.”
  • alumni Views Angel Lloyd Level 1 Beauty Therapy
    “Doing Level 1 has helped me in so many ways; I’ve made good friends, learned new skills that will help me with my future.”
  • Eyebrows
  • Manicure
  • Facial treatment
  • Waxing
  • Beauty salon at Central Brighton Campus

Entry requirements

A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, including English and Maths.

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies at Brighton MET and complete a Level 2 course. Our expert staff will be on hand to guide you in your decision and ensure you choose the right path for you.

In addition to the specified entry requirements, you may be required to undergo an assessment of your English skills to ensure you are at a sufficient level for your chosen course.

Entry requirements

Course content

Course topics include:
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments 
  • Nail art application 
  • Facial skin care 
  • Themed face painting 
  • Make-up applications 
  • Work experience
  • The art of photographic make-up
  • Salon reception duties

Why this course at the MET?

You will train in our brand new suite of beauty salons. The salons opened in 2021 as part of our multi-million-pound development of Central Brighton Campus.

Professional kits with high-quality products are available, as well as strong industry and employer links, external trips, guest speakers and product training. 

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and the beach.

  • Assessment

    Practical assessments, written assignments, portfolio and external examination


  • Our Beauty department benefits from fantastic facilities that will provide you with a real-world training experience and a top education.
  • Professional standard beauty and hairdressing salons that are open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment.
  • The use of industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies, such as Eve Taylor.
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks.
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support. 

Work experience

Our Beauty Department has very strong links with local employers many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET.

All of our students will have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company. 

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses. 

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

On successful completion of Level 1 Beauty Therapy you may wish to continue your studies at Brighton MET and progress to Level 2 Beauty Therapy, Hairdressing or Media Hair & Makeup.

Future careers

  • Commercial salons
  • Destination and day spas
  • Nail salons
  • Brand representative and retail
  • Cruise liners
  • Product trainer
  • Self-employed, mobile or home-based therapist
  • Make-up artistry
  • Salon or spa reception

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: admissions@gbmc.ac.uk | 01273 667704

Additional costs and conduct

  • Kit and uniform approximately: £500 (TBC)
  • External trip to trade show: £20
  • Portfolio and stationery: £10

Please note this is a professional course and you will be required to comply with professional standards, this includes wearing the required full uniform, removing all piercings and jewellery and refraining from wearing nail extensions and nail varnish.

More funding options

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is also free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £617 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £988 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £20,319 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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