Beauty and Complementary Therapies
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A qualification in beauty can unlock the door to a number of successful and lucrative jobs in the beauty industry.
Weston College has an excellent reputation when it comes to delivering beauty and complementary therapies qualifications, with many of our students going on to open their own salons and work in the industry.
People will always want to look and feel good.A career in the beauty industry combines the satisfaction of doing a job that has immediate results with lots of social interaction. The beauty industry is thriving all over the world, so a qualification in beauty could lead to a successful career anywhere!
There are many job opportunities available, for the right person. With a qualification in beauty, you will find job opportunities in high street salons, beauty clinics, health spas, hotels and on cruise ships. Another option is self-employment through setting up your own salon or working freelance - either from your home or by travelling to clients' homes. You will also be able to work in the fashion, theatre or media make-up industries, particularly with our Hair and Media Make-up Diploma.
It doesn't matter if you're new to the subject or returning to education. We teach beauty from Level 1 to Level 4, which means that there is something on offer for those who are just starting their beauty career as well as those who are looking to specialise in an element of beauty such as airbrush make-up, camouflage make-up, crystal therapy, laser treatment, and much more. The best and most successful beauty technicians have completed training in a wide variety of treatments.
Why choose us?
- Course content. We work with local businesses to make sure that we're teaching the skills and qualifications that employers are looking for. Many of our lecturers are from the beauty industry and will be able to give you expert help and support to help you succeed in your chosen aspect of beauty.
- Reputation. We're Ofsted outstanding and one of the top colleges in the country, which means you can expect exceptional teaching and support to help you succeed.
- Success rates. Many of our students go on to open their own beauty businesses and work in the industry. Others use their beauty skills as a second income, performing treatments on friends, colleagues and members of the public.
- Our facilities. Weston College's Hair and Beauty Centre is a dynamic and vibrant part of the College. It is one of the largest commercial salons in the region, with three large hairdressing studios and two beauty salons. They're all open to the public, so by coming to us you'll get to experience working with a wide range of people with different expectations and requirements. Find out more about our campuses here.
- Our links with employers. As a beauty therapy or hairdressing student at Weston College, you will benefit from our links with local employers across the Bristol area, and we will offer you educational trips, visits to professional exhibitions and work placements in some of the most popular salons in the region. You will also get to meet industry professionals such as Lee Staffordand Jennifer Lenard, and be able to showcase your talents by taking part in hair and beauty competitions.
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A qualification in Beauty and Complementary Therapies could lead to a number of successful careers in the sector.
The beauty sector is a growing industry in the UK, where it is the 8th most popular independent start-up business.
There are over 13,000 beauty salons in the country, and the majority of hairdressing salons offer some form of beauty treatments.
Approximately 20% of hair and beauty salons in the Bristol area have vacancies - making now the perfect time to enter into the industry.
The range of careers in the beauty industry is only limited by your ambitions! Our former students have gone on to open their own salons, work for large beauty companies both nationally and internationally, work in the sports industry as massage therapists, and work within the complementary therapies industry to deliver treatments in conjunction with medical practices.
What could you earn?
Salaries in the beauty industry often vary depending on a number of factors including skill level, number of hours worked per week, and whether you work as part of a large organisation or through self-employment.
Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:
- Beauty therapist - starting at £12,000, the average beauty therapy salary is £20,536
- Reflexologist - £25 to £70 per hour
- Aromatherapist - £25 to £45 per hour
- Massage therapist - £25 to £60 per hour
- 8% of people working in the beauty industry are male, a figure that has risen over the last decade
- Hair and beauty apprenticeships are the 10th most popular apprenticeships in the UK
- 58% of beauty therapists are self-employed.
It's easy to apply...
Applying for a Weston College course is easier than you might think, but it's the only way to guarantee your place at the College. It takes just a few minutes to apply online - just select the course you're interested in from the dropdown menu at the top of this page and click 'apply now'.
Alternatively, you can find our paper application form at the back of our prospectus.
Applying isn't a binding decision and you can always change your mind at a later date - but if you want to reserve your place on these successful courses, now is the best time to apply to ensure you don't miss out!
How many people will be in my group?
Approximately 15 students for your vocational, practical and theory but numbers will vary in functional skills and commercial sessions.
How am I supported?
You will have an identified personal tutor that will assist you to target and track your progression on the online gradebook. You will meet with this tutor on a regular basis and they can support you to achieve your programme with small and measured targets that suit you and your target grade.
What if I fall behind?
Your personal tutor will work with you to progress within your own speed of learning. If they feel you could benefit from extra sessions then this will be discussed with you.
Will I have to work on real people/ clients?
Yes. You will work in a commercial salon where all practical assessment takes place.
Will I have to have my false nails removed?
You have to be able to work with your nails and they can become infected working on technical services so we suggest not being too long and no accessories added. Beauty students need to have plain well-manicured nails. No extensions or polish of any form.
What about facial piercing?
You will be advised to remove piercings during practical work on each other as you are at risk of injury and infection.
What areas of the body will I be touching?
Throughout the levels of beauty you will be covering all areas of the body, including feet, hands, head and some intimate areas when waxing. You will be expected to be professional at all times when dealing with clients.
What are my career options?
There are many things you could do after studying hair and beauty, some examples are as follows; working in a salon, working in a spa, being a product rep, working for yourself, working on the cruise ships, specialising in bridal hair and makeup and may more. With hair and media productions and TV is also a favoured option.
Why do I have to do English and maths?
English and maths are essential for working in any element of beauty. You are required to know many skills such as communicating correctly, allocating timings for clients, mixing ratios of products and working out discounts for special offers. The list is endless and the majority of salons will now expect a good level of maths and English when looking for staff.
What is my salary likely to be?
Salaries in hair and beauty can range from £16000 working in a salon to four times this running your own business. It all depends on what areas of beauty you would like to work in and how hard you are willing to work. At college we will support you to choose the right path and give advice on the best paid jobs.
How long does it take to be qualified?
It can take 2 - 4 years to be qualified, this depends on what level you want to be qualified at and what you would like to do with your hair and beauty career.
Will I be graded?
For technical level 3 qualifications yes. This is completed through external tests and a practical trade standards end test.
Do I need work experience?
Yes. We would recommend that you get work experience in a salon to help develop your skills and knowledge. Many students are offered paid work on the back of this. Within your study programme the department have work placement/ industry focused weeks where staff will assist you in gaining hours in industry, CV writing and mock interviews lead by our local employers.
Do I have a kit?
Yes – each course has a kit and uniform. These can be obtained through the induction process. If you are entitled to bursary funding for this then a Tutor will consult with you regarding size during induction and any costs that occur.
Can I have my timetable?
Your first week will be 9-5. During this week you will have your group timetable allocated to, which will start after your induction week ends.