How to become a beauty therapist
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- specialist courses run by private training providers
You could study for a college qualification in beauty therapy. This may help if you apply for jobs as a trainee in a salon or spa.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can apply to do a Beauty Therapist Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship, or Advanced Beauty Therapist Level 3 Apprenticeship.
These typically take between 15 and 18 months to complete as a mix of workplace learning and off-the-job study.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
- 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship
You could start out as a beauty therapy assistant in a salon or spa. You could then study for a qualification while you're working.
Professional and industry bodies
You may find it useful to get professional recognition by joining a register like the Guild of Beauty Therapists.
You can find out more about careers in beauty therapy from the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority and the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology.
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