Beauty therapist

Beauty therapists provide face and body treatments to help clients look and feel better.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£20,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends as customers demand

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

College

You could study for a Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) for a level 3 course

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Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate or advanced apprenticeship in beauty therapy.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, for an intermediate apprenticeship
  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), usually including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship

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Work

You could start out as a beauty therapy assistant in a salon or spa. You could then study for a qualification on the job.

Other routes

You could also train with a private beauty school.

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Professional and industry bodies

You may find it useful to get professional recognition by joining a register like the Register of Beauty Professionals.

Further information

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.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • customer service skills to put clients at ease
  • sensitivity and understanding towards your clients’ needs
  • the ability to work well with your hands for giving treatments
  • excellent verbal communication skills to explain treatments
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to sell products and services
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

  • giving a facial by cleansing, massaging and toning a client's skin
  • giving a makeover by applying and advising on make-up
  • shaping eyebrows and colouring eyelashes
  • giving a manicure, pedicure or other nail treatment like extensions and nail art
  • removing unwanted facial and body hair
  • giving electro-therapy treatments to improve body tone and shape
  • giving non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • offering UV (ultraviolet) and spray tanning

Working environment

You could work in a salon, at a health spa, on a cruise ship, in a hotel or from home.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

With experience you could progress to salon manager.

You could become self-employed and get your own salon, work from home or travel to clients.

You could also move into fashion, theatre or media make-up.

Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

Level 3 Beauty Therapist Apprentice

  • Wage : £156.00 Weekly
  • Location: Ilkley LS29 9DR

Level 3 Beauty Therapy Apprentice - Nails

  • Wage : £120.00 Weekly
  • Location: Stockport SK1 1EB

Courses In England

VTCT NVQ3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy | NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF) | Diploma

  • Provider: THE REYNOLDS GROUP LIMITED
  • Start date: 01 January 2020
  • Location: DARTFORD

C&G Dip Beauty Therapy VRQ FL2

  • Provider: Tyne Coast College T/A South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College
  • Start date: 31 August 2020
  • Location: South Shields

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