Beauty and Complementary Therapies


Are you artistic and looking for a creative outlet? Love to experiment with your look, obsessed with make-up tutorials? With the right support and training, you could turn your personal passion into a successful career.

A qualification in beauty can lead to several successful careers in the industry and enable you to perform professional treatments. On average a beauty therapist starts on a salary of £15,000 and with experience and higher qualifications this can go up to £20,000.

All courses are taught by industry experts in the Hair and Beauty Centre at the Knightstone Campus, where you will get real client experience.

There are two routes to choose from:

  • Full-time - at the Hair and Beauty Centre
  • Apprenticeship – work-based training in the surrounding area with regular sessions at the Hair and Beauty Centre

Use this page to discover your perfect course, and apply direct right here.

Careers in Beauty Therapy

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We've bundled the best education in the area with career boosted benefits - and are leveraging our contacts as one of the largest Colleges in the country to give you the best possible chance of success.

Our beauty qualifications have been developed in conjunction with local and national employers, giving you qualifications that employers look for - opening the door to a successful career in this fun and fulfilling sector.

Taught by tutors with impressive industry careers, you will also benefit from our partnerships with: Dennis Williams Hair and Beauty Supplies, Eve Taylor, CKD (College Kits Direct), Florenceroby (The luxury uniform company for beauty, hair and spa) and VTCT.

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Level 2

Beauty, Technical Progression Programme

1 Year
Sep 2023
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This qualification has been specially designed for learners wanting to progress to the Beauty T level in September 2023. It has been specifically designed to bridge any gaps in knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed on the T level. The assessments on this programme will help learners prepare for the expectations of the T level an...

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Level 2

Service Sectors – Hair & Beauty Traineeship

1 Year
Aug 2023
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This vocational Traineeship will create and develop skills in Hair and Beauty, so if you’re looking to begin in the industry, but don’t know where to start, this is the course for you! You will be encouraged to be creative and innovative, while also working on customer service skills. As a Weston College student you will become part of ou...

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Level 3

Beauty Therapy, T Level

2 Years
Sep 2023
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You will learn about Manicure, Pedicure, tinting, waxing, manual facials, Swedish massage, Indian head massage, and electrical facial and body therapy as well as developing your knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology, and health and safety. You will also learn about client care and consultation, the history and origins of massa...

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Level 3

Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up studies, Diploma

1 Year
Sep 2023
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If you’re looking to develop your passion and skills in media hair and makeup, this qualification will teach you all you need to help you achieve a career in the industry. This course will encourage you to be creative and inventive and try techniques you’ve never had the chance to before, while discovering what is most effective in differe...

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“Through Weston College’s Career Excellence Hub, we are able to get involved and support students....

Whether that be through delivering masterclass sessions, playing a part in the development of curriculum or offering work experience."   


All hair and beauty programmes are based in the Hair and Beauty Centre, at the Knightstone Campus.

  • The Hair and Beauty Centre includes five purpose-built, industry standard salons including, hairdressers, barbers, beauty salon, a nail salon and a specialist media make-up facility
  • The Hair and Beauty Centre is open to the public giving you regular, real client experience ensuring you are ready for the industry
  • All the Hair and Beauty Centre lecturers have many years experience working in the sector, so you will be learning from experts with current and relevant knowledge
  • Plus, you will have the opportunity to experiment with different styles and techniques, displaying them at our end-of-year hair and beauty show.

Competition squad selections for 2023 are open!

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Faye with client
I feel like I'm finally doing something that I love and I'm passionate about! The best part is the practical side of the course, being hands on and getting that face-to-face personal experience with clients is an amazing feeling.
My favourite part of being a Weston College student is the lecturers, they are all so amazing. They are so unbelievably helpful with your work but are always there personally as well.

Hair and Media, Level 3

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What inspires me the most about being in education is the learners' journey. Every journey is individual to them and it's a privilege to be part of that.
Dean of Study- Service Sectors Industries, Counselling and Mental health, Education and Digital
Working in the Beauty industry is hard work but so rewarding. Supporting clients with both their physical treatment needs and emotional well-being too, provides me with a warm feeling that I have made their day a little bit brighter.
Lecturer in Beauty Therapy
Jenna Ratcliffe
As a Curriculum Co-ordinator I am passionate about leading my teams to success and develop learners experience by embedding competitions into the curriculum and providing them with opportunities outside of the classroom.
Curriculum Co-Ordinator

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