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A career in Beauty

Start a Career in Beauty Therapy

If you’ve ever asked yourself the question “How do I start a career as a Beauty Therapist?” then hopefully you will find all the answers you need here.

Is Beauty Therapy a good career choice?

We think so! But don’t just take our word for it. While we can share some career advice, tell you more about the lifestyle of a beauty therapist and answer some frequently asked questions,  nothing can tell you more about a career in Beauty than those already living it.

“There is nothing more enjoyable than that positivity you get from your client after their treatment, seeing that they are happy with the service you have provided.” Claire, Level 2 Beauty Therapist

“Starting my business at 19 was such a proud moment for me; I had always dreamt about it and didn’t think I would be in a position to do that so early on in my life.” Sam, Beauty salon owner

“I’m always studying and reading up as the industry is ever-evolving. This has always been my dream and I love that I get to live it; there are always opportunities to help people.” Kerry, Beauty Business Owner and Training Provider


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How do I study to become a Beauty Therapist?

It depends on the treatments you want to be able to offer, but typically you will go down one of 3 study routes:

To progress further, you can undertake Level 4 and 5 qualifications in Beauty, take a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship or even go to university to study.

You can search our Beauty qualifications to find the best beauty qualification for you


What hours will I work as a Beauty Therapist?

You are likely to work 37-40 hours per week, over a 7-day rota. Your hours are likely to include Saturday work and possibly some evening work too.

What could I earn as a Beauty Therapist?

A Beauty Therapist’s salary can range from around £16K when you’re starting out, up to around £24K as you progress. There are plenty of options for you to go further too.


How long does a Beauty Therapy course take?

Some courses are delivered as intensive study and can take as little as six weeks.

Others may be up to a year in length, and an apprenticeship can take up to 18 months to complete.

What other skills will I learn?

  • Customer service and consultation skills
  • Selling products and services
  • Reception skills
  • Salon appointment software

How much will it cost?

Costs can vary, as there are different sizes of qualifications, and the costs are set by the individual college or training provider.

Your best bet is to have a look at your local centre(s) and see what they offer. Then you can contact them directly or visit their websites to find out more.




What will I do as a Beauty Therapist?

  • provide a variety of types of facial treatments
  • apply make-up for various occasions, such as weddings
  • shape eyebrows and lift and colour eyelashes
  • give a manicure, pedicure or other nail treatment like extensions and nail art
  • remove unwanted facial and body hair
  • do non-surgical skin improvement treatments
  • provide massage therapy
  • offer ultraviolet (UV) treatments and spray tanning

What qualifications do I need to study Beauty Therapy?

  • 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a level 3 course
  • 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths for a T level

What to do next

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