This Beauty and Spa Therapist full time course has been redeveloped to meet the career needs of therapists today. The course focuses on ensuring beauty and spa therapy graduates of Portobello Institute, have the full range of practical skills needed for modern beauty and spa salons. These include the foundations of beauty such as skin care and eye treatments, manicure / pedicure and facial electric treatments. The beauty industry has completely reinvented itself in the last 10 years and there is a strong demand for walk-in treatments such as lash lifts, precision brows and nail technology to mention but a few. All of these modern treatments are covered on this course to ensure our graduates have the full range of skills they need to work in beauty salons and the specialist beauty treatments such as brow or nail bars.
Many of our students seek to combine their beauty qualifications with spa therapy qualifications to broaden their career options and progress a career in the spa industry. This course uniquely offers students the opportunity to acquire qualifications in Holistic, Hot Stone, Indian Head and Pregnancy massage.
At Portobello Institute we offer our beauty and spa therapy students the opportunity of learning within the setting of a busy college. There is cross-collaboration projects and field trips with make-up and fashion students allowing our beauty and spa therapy students avail of a morerounded college life.
Practical skills acquirement is an essential part of this program and the course is designed that by the end of first semester, students have completed some of their exams and can now deliver treatements to clients in a working salon. During the second semester, students are placed on an internship programme with selected partner beauty and spa salons. Portobello Institute provides students with the internship placement in a working salon and supports them throughout their experience with our partner salons.
Finally, Portobello Institute’s Student Support Clinic offers students the opportunity to avail of one to one tutorials to support their learning journey, ensuring they reach their personal best and achieving the career of their dreams as a beauty and spa therapist.
Students have the opportunity to achieve all of these qualifications during their studies on the full time Beauty & Spa Therapist course with Portobello Institute
- ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy
- ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Facial Electric
- ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology
- ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Eyebrow Treatments and Eyelash Enhancements
Spa Treatment Qualifications
- ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage
- ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage
- ITEC Level 3 Award in Stone Therapy Massage
- Portobello Institute Certificate in Pregnancy Massage
The content of this programme is comprehensive and prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for examination in the following areas;
- Skin Care
Facial Make Up
Manicure and Pedicure
Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
Facial Electrical Equipment
Nail Technology including gel and acrylic nails
Indian Head Massage
Hot Stone Massage
Student Support Clinic
Portobello Institute recognizes that every student learns in a different way and for each and every student to excel, they need support and extra guidance at different stages throughout their learning journey. For this reason and in advance of theory and practical exams, we offer a Student Support Clinic from January to May each year. Tutors are available each week, during this period, for students to book a 30 minute tutorial for one to one practical skills, theory or exam preparation support. It is the student’s choice what is covered during this time.
Our experience in preparing students for beauty and spa therapy exams is that this type of support substantially relieves the pressure and stress on students and ensures they can excel during their practical and theory exams.
At the end of this course, graduates need to be confident of their skills and able to secure a position immediately. Portobello Institute has built a strong network of employers offering students an internship programme within their beauty and spa salons. The full time course has been designed that students will hold some of their qualifications before the internship programme commences thereby allowing them to deliver treatments whilst they are on placement. Many of our network of employers recruit directly from this internship programme and it is an ideal opportunity for students to gain experience and their first reference in the industry.
Portobello Beauty Salon
From the outset, our tutors actively encourage students to start practicing their skills and gain confidence delivering treatments. Portobello Institute offers students the opportunity to run a salon within the Institute on a weekly basis. The salon offers beauty and spa treatments to other students, family, friends and general members of the public free of charge. The aim of the salon is to support our students to develop the skills and confidence they need before they participate on the internship programme.