West Thames College London

Foundation Beauty Therapy - Level 1

This course is designed to give you a good foundation in beauty therapy so that you can go on to a Level 2 course or work as an assistant or receptionist in a beauty salon. It covers health and safety, facial treatments, manicures and assisting in the salon. You will also study functional skills or GCSE's in English and maths.

Key course features


VTCT VRQ Level 1

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 07 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Young people who want an introduction to beauty therapy.

About the course

You will learn through a variety of activities in the class and also through work experience in the college salons. 

You will study:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Facial treatments and skin care
  • Basic manicure and pedicure
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • Employability skills
  • Teambuilding.

You will also study functional skills or GCSE in English and maths. You will have a personal tutor to guide and support you through the course. A weekly tutorial allows you and your tutor to develop individual learning plans that will assist in learning and in developing responsibility for your own learning.

Additional opportunities

There will be opportunities to join other groups of hair and beauty students on educational visits and in-house professional training, and there will be competition work. These activities may incur extra costs.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through practical assessments and by building a portfolio of work throughout the year. Regular reports on progress are provided to parents/guardians of students aged under 19 years.

The programme is unit based and is delivered individually at different stages throughout the course. You will be assessed when you feel you are competent. There are three areas of assessment:

  • Practical: you carry out the skill
  • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
  • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a on line test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
Where next?

Level 2 Beauty Therapy or work as an assistant or receptionist in a beauty salon.

Entry requirements
None, but you will have an assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

You will need to purchase a beauty kit, logbook and uniform (£58). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Alina Hazraty

    Level 3 Beauty Therapy

    Alina Hazraty

    "The teaching is really good and the teachers are so helpful. Last year I did ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] support and it really improved my English. The client sessions have been really good. The practice has helped me to remember everything."

  2. Jolita Stiklakiene

    Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma

    Jolita Stiklakiene

    “I was really nervous about returning to study, but now I feel so much more confident in what I’m doing. The teachers have been really fantastic, friendly, supportive and helpful. I really enjoyed the course and really love the college, so I’ve decided to come back in September to do the Level 3. I’ve had the best time at this college.”

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