There are many sectors within the health and beauty Industry so you may want to think carefully about which section you want to go into. You could become a make up artist or you could study media makeup and become a makeup artists for theatres and film companies, you could even become a holistic therapist for a top spa and hotel such as Champneys.
The best option if you’re a school leaver to become a beautician is to study a diploma at college, all vocational colleges will offer levels 1, 2 & 3 in beauty therapy. Many colleges will also offer apprenticeships in all of the levels if full-time at college doesn’t appeal to you. It is completely up to you about what level you wish to study up to but the majority of spas and salons will require a level 3 in beauty therapy. After completing your level 3 you could do many things such as going straight into the industry or you could go on to further education and reach levels as high as cosmetic surgery at University. However you don’t just have to be a school leaver to be able to study beauty at college, all vocational colleges offer a part-time evening course for people who have children and can’t attend a 4 day week course or for those of you that already have a day job and fancy a career change.
The level 1 qualification contains most of what you would do on the level 2 course but at a much easier stage. You can either start out at level 1 or 2 but that all depends on your GCSE results.
In the level 2 qualification you cover topics such as waxing, spray tanning, eye treatments, make up, facials, nail technology, nail art and manicure and pedicure. Now it’s not all practical like it seems, you have an equal amount of theory that goes along with it. This contains lots of human anatomy and biology along with a series of theory and practical exams that you have to complete through the year.
Now, level 3 is where it starts to get tough but it is by far the most rewarding qualification of them all. This is where you will go more into the holistic side of beauty and do treatments such as full body massage, hot stone massage and microdermabrasion. The theory work load is increased as you will go more in-depth with the human anatomy and the exams as they start to prepare you for the life of working within the industry.
For those of you that don’t want to work in a salon or spa and fancy going for the theatre and film work then you can study the same levels but in media make up. In this course you will learn how to produce many different hair, make up and body painting looks. This will give you all the skills you need for getting a job after you have qualified.
If college isn’t for you then there are many places that you can study online or travel to places such as London where you can complete these qualifications usually within a few days. Now some of these courses can cost a lot of money so you might want to think about what courses are 100% beneficial to you if you are considering this route.
I hope my advise is helpful to all you budding beauticians!