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Beauty Therapy (Pre-Entry) at Bolton College

Course description

Salon Owner? Mobile Therapist? Special Effects Make-up Artist? Whatever your aim, this Beauty course will help you to kick-start your career!

Learning skills and techniques from our expert teaching staff, you'll soon progress on to treating members of the public within our professional beauty treatment rooms.

This course has been designed to help you understand the basic requirements of the beauty sector and gain some practical skills to enable you to work successfully in the glamorous and dynamic industry.

Course content

The course offers an introduction to:

  • The Health & Beauty Sector
  • Presenting a Professional Image
  • Skin Care
  • Hand Care
  • Creating an Image Using Colour (make-up)
  • Basic Make-up Application
  • General Product Knowledge                                                

You'll also gain basic employability and work-ready skills, such as presentation skills, hygiene skills and communication skills.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required, but an interest in beauty therapy is essential.


You’ll be assessed flexibly through oral/written questions, assignments and practical work.  We’ll also ask you to compile a portfolio of practical work to provide evidence of what you have learned.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!

Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to Beauty Therapy VRQ Diploma Level 1. 

Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice Beauty Therapist. 

Following further study you could work as a Beauty Therapist and earn between £12,000 and £17,000 a year, depending on experience.  

Further information

Experience industry through work experience and work-related learning:

In March 2015, Ofsted said that we provide learners with “a good opportunity to develop both their social and employability skills and become accustomed to the world of work”.

“I love my placement at St Mary’s Primary School! I’m able to get really involved with the children – helping them to write their name and count to 10. I now know I want to be a Teaching Assistant.”

Michelle Moorcroft

Former pupil of St Joseph’s RC High School

Childcare Level 1



Continuing development of your English and maths skills:

English and maths skills are essential to employers and most universities, and we will help you to improve these – whatever your current level.

“I’m dyslexic and I get so much support for this. The course has even fed into what I want to study at university – I’m planning on going to Lancaster University to study Drama & Creative Writing.”

Aminata Sow

Essa Academy

English GCSE



College Facilities:

Our £75 million campus offers:


  • Wella-approved hair salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee

Why not come and check it out? The best way to discover what Bolton College can do for you is by attending one of our School Leavers’ Events at our Deane Road campus on any of these dates:

Tuesday 20th October 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm

Wednesday 18th November 2015, 4.30pm – 8pm



Support with your Studies:

Here at Bolton College, we want to help all of our students to succeed with their studies, so feel free to call on personal tutors or student mentors whenever you require assistance with any aspect of your learning. For a friendly chat, call Student Support on 01204 482 669.

We also want to support you in making your next step into learning or work.  We host events throughout the year, including the award-winning annual Jobs & Skills Fair, which will help you to decide on your next step.


Information, Advice & Guidance:

Regarding the bigger picture, our Student Services team is here to help you with course progression and career planning – whether you are an existing or a prospective student. If you’d like to book an appointment, simply call Student Services on 01204 482 181/195.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: A012

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