Beauty and Complementary Therapies


Are you artistic and looking for a creative outlet? Love to experiment with your look, obsessed with make-up tutorials? With the right support and training, you could turn your personal passion into a successful career.

A qualification in beauty can lead to several successful careers in the industry and enable you to perform professional treatments. On average a beauty therapist starts on a salary of £15,000 and with experience and higher qualifications this can go up to £20,000.

All courses are taught by industry experts in the Hair and Beauty Centre at the Knightstone Campus, where you will get real client experience.

There are two routes to choose from:

  • Full-time - at the Hair and Beauty Centre
  • Apprenticeship – work-based training in the surrounding area with regular sessions at the Hair and Beauty Centre

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Our beauty qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers, giving you qualifications that employers look for - opening the door to a successful career in this fun and fulfilling sector.

Taught by tutors with impressive industry careers, you will also benefit from our partnerships with: Dennis Williams Hair and Beauty Supplies, Eve Taylor, CKD (College Kits Direct), Florenceroby (The luxury uniform company for beauty, hair and spa) and VTCT.

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Level 2

Vocational Technical Certificate in Beauty

1 Year
Sep 2024
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This qualification has been specially designed for learners wanting to progress to a Beauty Level 3. The certificate will bridge any gaps in knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed on the Level 3 The assessments on this programme will help learners prepare for the expectations of the Level 3 and will include assessments, exams, and ...

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Level 3

Theatrical and Special effects, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2024
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If you’re looking to develop your passion and skills in media hair and makeup, this qualification will teach you all you need to help you achieve a career in the industry. This course will encourage you to be creative and inventive and try techniques you’ve never had the chance to before, while discovering what is most effective in differe...

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“Through Weston College’s Career Excellence Hub, we are able to get involved and support students....

Whether that be through delivering masterclass sessions, playing a part in the development of curriculum or offering work experience."   


All hair and beauty programmes are based in the Hair and Beauty Centre, at the Knightstone Campus.

  • The Hair and Beauty Centre includes five purpose-built, industry standard salons including, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salon, a nail salon and a specialist media make-up facility
  • The Hair and Beauty Centre is open to the public giving you regular, real client experience ensuring you are ready for the industry
  • All the Hair and Beauty Centre lecturers have many years experience working in the sector, so you will be learning from experts with current and relevant knowledge
  • Plus, you will have the opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques, displaying them at our end-of-year hair and beauty show.

Competition squad selections for 2023 are open!

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I love learning new beauty treatments to help people feel confident and comfortable with themselves and I also enjoy learning about the anatomy and physiology side of beauty therapy – this course covers all of that and more! 

Beauty Technical Programme

Amelia - Beauty Therapy
Level 3 Beauty Therapy Tech Qual has been an amazing, intensive course full of opportunity, I truly believe I can now go on to be the best therapist I can be thanks to Weston College- I aspire to become a Senior Spa Therapist eventually moving my way onto lecturing young people like myself in what I am most passionate about.

Beauty Therapy Level 2


Beauty learners posing for a photo together on trip to Beauty Rooms Medi Spa

<p>Learners studying Level 2 and 3 courses part of our Career Excellence Hub in Hair and Beauty, embarked on a thrilling trip last week to Beauty Rooms Medi Spa, where they had the opportunity to see a health spa in action.</p><p>Guided by Amanda from Beauty Rooms Medi Spa, our learners were treated to a tour of the spa, and were also able to gain hands-on experience with Caci and Guinot machines, as well as discovering all about franchising opportunities.</p><p>Jenna Ratcliffe, Divisional Lead for Service Sectors at Weston College, said: “It was fantastic for our learners to be able to visit Beauty Rooms Medi Spa.</p><p>“The feedback from learners has been overwhelmingly positive, with several expressing how they feel more motivated since visiting the spa.</p><p>“At Weston College we are all about careers, and not courses, and this is the perfect example of our Career Excellence Hub in action. A big thank you to Amanda for the tour, we look forward to working closely with you over the coming months.”</p><p><a href="… out more about our Beauty courses, by clicking here.</a></p>

Beauty students giving hand treatments to worle school staff

<p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">Weston College's Level 2 Hair and Beauty learners recently lent their skills and expertise to Worle School's Staff to celebrate Wellbeing Day, offering mini hand treatments to the school's hardworking staff. The event proved to be a resounding success, providing an opportunity for staff members to unwind and indulge in a pampering experience.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">The Beauty Therapists demonstrated their proficiency in the field, showcasing a combination of professionalism and genuine care throughout the event. The mini hand treatments were well-received, leaving a positive impact.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">"We are delighted to have had the opportunity to contribute to Worle School's Staff Wellbeing Day," said Jenna Ratcliffe, the Divisional Lead of Service Sector Industries at Weston College. "Our Hair and Beauty learners have not only showcased their talents but have also embodied the values of our college – professionalism, skill, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of others."&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;">&nbsp;</p><drupal-entity alt="&quot;Beauty students giving hand treatments to worle school staff&quot;" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="33e59ab4-e5bc-4df9-9a19-bb6ffd8decb1" data-embed-button="file_browser" data-entity-embed-display="image:image" data-entity-embed-display-settings="{&quot;image_style&quot;:&quot;max_750x750&quot;,&quot;image_link&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;image_loading&quot;:{&quot;attribute&quot;:&quot;lazy&quot;}}">&nbsp;</drupal-entity><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">The mini hand treatments provided a moment of relaxation and rejuvenation for Worle School's staff, reinforcing the importance of self-care and wellness in the educational community.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">This pampering day forms part of the Hair and Beauty Careers Excellence Hub. The College has fourteen sector-specific Career Excellence Hubs, which evidence our dedication to supporting both employers and learners in achieving their future goals. By creating a seamless connection between industry and education, we enable learners to acquire not only the essential skills and knowledge but also the professional networks necessary to excel in their chosen fields.&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom:8px;margin-left:0px;margin-top:0px;"><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">To see more about our Hair and Beauty, </span><a class="fui-Link ___1rxvrpe f2hkw1w f3rmtva f1ewtqcl fyind8e f1k6fduh f1w7gpdv fk6fouc fjoy568 figsok6 f1hu3pq6 f11qmguv f19f4twv f1tyq0we f1g0x7ka fhxju0i f1qch9an f1cnd47f fqv5qza f1vmzxwi f1o700av f13mvf36 f1cmlufx f9n3di6 f1ids18y f1tx3yz7 f1deo86v f1eh06m1 f1iescvh fhgqx19 f1olyrje f1p93eir f1nev41a f1h8hb77 f1lqvz6u f10aw75t fsle3fq f17ae5zn" href="; aria-label="Link click here" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" title=""><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" dir="ltr">click here</span></a><span class="ui-provider a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z ab ac ae af ag ah ai aj ak" style="font-size:inherit;" dir="ltr">.&nbsp;</span></p>

Wez Makeup Artist

<p paraeid="{0fd146e8-4a02-4bc4-942a-61f0217f7234}{189}" paraid="793730016">Wez is a talented makeup artist and esteemed alumnus of Weston College. Graduating from his studies in Hair, Makeup &amp; SFX for TV and Film in 2020, Wez has since achieved an outstanding career in the industry, making waves with his creativity and skills. Most notably, he recently appeared on season 5 of the hit TV show "<a href="… Up</a>," where makeup professionals compete for the prestigious title of ‘Britain's Next Make-Up Star’. We recently caught up with Wez to discuss his journey, experiences, and advice for aspiring makeup artists.&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{0fd146e8-4a02-4bc4-942a-61f0217f7234}{247}" paraid="773236579">Reflecting on his experience on "Glow Up," Wez describes it as one of the most amazing experiences of his life. Competing with incredibly talented individuals from all over the UK pushed his creativity to new heights. While many people expected glam makeup from him, Wez seized the opportunity to showcase his versatility and explore different creative aspects. “Working under pressure was a constant challenge” Wez told us, “both in terms of the competition itself and the need to remain professional and positively represent myself to industry experts.”&nbsp;</p>

<p paraeid="{287b72e9-00d2-42d6-969e-db5f45f6060e}{36}" paraid="1657984421">Wez went on to tell us "my time at Weston College definitely helped prepare me for what it’s like to work in this very competitive industry. My course and teachers taught me how to be professional when working on a client or a model. This knowledge allowed me to understand what I needed to have in my kit as a freelance MUA and how to keep it sanitised, organised and clean. It taught me about the anatomy of the face, colour theory, skin types, tones and textures, as well as how to apply prosthetics to a professional level. Not forgetting the most important thing of them all, time management. All of these skills translated heavily into the competition as these are the simple expectations of what it is to be a good makeup artist.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

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