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Beauty Therapy - ITEC Beauty Specialist Award         

QQI Level 5 Major award (5M3471) in 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.

Entry Requirements

•    Leaving Certificate: Five passes at Ordinary Level, or
•    Leaving Certificate Applied, or
•    QQI/FETAC Level 4 award, or
•    Others, including mature students are assessed individually, and
•    Personal interview

Principal Area of Study

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.

Additional Optional Courses

•    Elite Tanning course, including kit
•    Eyelash Extension course, including kit
•    NSI Certified



Career Opportunities and Progression

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.


1 Year

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