Beauty and Complementary Therapies | Weston College

Beauty and Complementary Therapies

Our beauty and complimentary therapy courses are designed to give you the skills and experience to be successful in the industry. 

We offer a huge variety of courses in the industry, taught by our staff who all have industry experience themselves. 

A qualification in this subject could lead to a job. If you currently work in the industry, gaining further qualifications will help you specialise and increase your earning potential.

You don’t need to be an expert. Our courses start at Level 1, so you can work your way up to the level you feel is right, even if you’ve never tried the subject before. Beauty and complimentary therapies covers a range of massage techniques, but also makeup application, nail treatments, and a range of alternative therapies such as crystal therapy.

Our courses will help you gain the skills you need to gain employment, or even start running your own business, and our experienced staff are always happy to give you any help and advice you need. 

Why choose us?

Course content. You’ll have access to our commercial salons and learn about running a business while gaining the skills you need.

Our facilities. We offer modern equipment and facilities at our Knightstone experience so you’ll be up-to-date with the latest techniques when you leave us.

Reputation. Our adult course provision puts us in the top 25% of colleges in the country.

Links with businesses. We work with a huge network of businesses, locally and in the wider area, to help make our courses as relevant as possible.

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Career opportunities

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!

Occupations related to Beauty and Complementary Therapies


Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Job holders in this unit group plan, organise, direct and co-ordinate the activities and resources of hairdressing salons, beauty treatment and similar establishments.

Average annual earnings: £22,620
Employment in region: 324 positions

Hairdresser or barber

Hairdressers and barbers shampoo, cut, colour, style and treat hair.

Average annual earnings: £15,093
Employment in region: 2,516 positions

Beautician or related occupation

Beauticians and related workers give facial and body beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and dress wigs.

Average annual earnings: £14,586
Employment in region: 1,421 positions

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