Beauty Therapy Specialist (Beauty Therapy)
This course gives the learner the key skills, knowledge and competencies to pursue a careers in the beauty and wellness industry. In addition to QQI certification in Beauty Therapy, learners have the opportunity to gain an ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma qualification and a certificate from NSI (Nail Systems International). Learners over the age of 18 also may avail of the opportunity to be selected for an Erasmus+ European mobility project (subject to funding), which enables them to spend three weeks on work placement in Malta, working at high end, four and five-star hotels.
In general you need to have a minimum of 5 passes at ordinary level in the Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Applications are welcome from students with Leaving Certificate Vocational, Leaving Certificate Applied or FETAC Level 4 qualifications. Exceptions can be made where special circumstances apply on a case by case basis. The Leaving Certificate is not a requirement for mature students and appropriate experience can be considered as meeting the entry requirement for most courses. We will also accept ITEC Beauty Specialist Award in the entry requirement.
Skin and Eye Treatments, Make Up, Manicure and Pedicure Treatments, Waxing, Body, Massage and Figure Analysis, Acrylic and Gel Nails including Nail Art, Anatomy and Physiology, Communications, Work Experience, Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice, Customer Service, Word Processing.
There are approximately forty Higher Education Institutions including Universities, Institutes of Technology and private colleges offering places on a range of courses to QQI full award certificate holders. QQI’s information page Going to higher education using my QQI Award provides answers to some of the more frequently asked questions.
Intending applicants are advised at all times to confirm linked awards, any additional module requirements, applications processes and scoring systems with the Admission Offices of the participating Higher Education Institutions or visit visit cao.ie.
Full awards can also be used for graduates' progression to Further Education level 6 courses - visit cao.ie for further information. Full awards can also be used for entry to UK, European and International universities, on a case-by-case basis. Full information can be found here.
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QQI Beauty Therapy 5M3471 NFQ Level 5, ITEC Beauty Specialist and NSI
This course offers progression options for learners to programmes in Universities and Institutes of Technology. Third-level institutes also reserve a number of places on degree courses for mature learners (over the age of 23).
Learners must apply to each institute individually. Learners who complete this major QQI award at Level 5 are eligible to apply through the CAO system for entry into participating courses in the QQI Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS). A limited number of places are available and applicants are ranked according to results achieved in their QQI major award.
Successful graduates have the opportunity to seek employment in a range of beauty and health settings, including beauty salons, health spas, leisure centres, hotels, and cruise ships.