Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Beauty Therapy - VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 1

This course is for those who wish to pursue a career as an employed and or self- employed beauty therapist.

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Key information

Course code: B1494 Course type: Full-time, 16-19 (full-time) Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: Evidence of a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade E or equivalent, to include English, Maths and Science. End qualification: VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 1 Awarding body: VTCT Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Practical assessments, written assignments, portfolio and external examination

Course aims and areas

Studying Beauty Therapy at Brighton MET is fun, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience, to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

This course will train you as a Level 1 beauty therapist by introducing a range of treatments and by giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in working and assisting in salons and reception duties within the beauty business.

The acquired knowledge will prepare you for progression on to further training, towards working in salons, hotels, health and fitness spas, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

Course Units

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Nail art application
  • Facial skin care
  • Themed face painting
  • Create a hair and beauty Image
  • Make-up applications
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • Promote and encourage beauty retail sales
  • Salon reception duties
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon

Why the MET?

You will have access to professional commercial areas and a salon with paying customers giving you the real-world experience highly valued by employers.

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 eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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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 complete any of the following courses: 

  • Level 2 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • Level 2 Nail Technology
  • Level 1 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering

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
  • Care homes
  • Make-up artistry
  • Salon or spa reception
  • Professional standard spas and salons open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment
  • Use of high-end, industry branded equipment and products
  • Additional training from external companies
  • Library and computing facilities
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Additional costs

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.

  • student Views Paige Griffiths Level 1 Beauty Therapy

    ““It is a challenging but rewarding course.””

    Paige Griffiths
  • student Views Jodie Piper Level 1 Beauty Therapy

    ““The course has given me the skills to work with the public and other people.””

    Jodie Piper
  • 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.””

    Angel Lloyd
  • 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.”

    Olivia Ackers
  • 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””

    Maisy Whittington
  • 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.”

    Danielle Long
  • 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.”

    Jenny Hopkins
  • Eyebrows
  • Manicure
  • Facial treatment
  • Waxing

Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1 Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

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Beautician or related occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses clients requirements, analyses and advises client on appropriate skin care, and applies treatments to the face or body.
  • Massages scalp, face and other parts of the body and carries out spray tanning.
  • Uses waxing, threading, sugaring and other epilation techniques to remove any unwanted body hair.
  • Cleans, shapes and polishes finger and toe nails, applies nail extensions.
  • Applies make-up to hide blemishes or enhance facial features and advises clients on skin care and make-up techniques.
  • Performs specialist treatments for conditions such as acne, applies skin rejuvenation therapies.
  • Recognises problems and refers clients to medical practitioners if appropriate.
  • Advises clients on diet and exercise to assist in weight loss and slimming.
  • Maintains client records, sells and advises on cosmetic products and services, and ensures appropriate health and safety issues are addressed.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1176 Available opportunities 0.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.

ENTRY £13,767

AVERAGE £16,361


Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Science
  • Mathematics

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