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Beauty

Pathways

Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

Do you want a career in the beauty industry? We can give you the skills to put clients at ease and prepare you to work for a salon or to set up your own business.

A career in beauty could take you in many different directions, from working on cruise ships to creating special effect make-up looks on film sets, or specialising in a skill you are passionate about and being able to offer this on a freelance basis.

You will be taught by a range of knowledgeable staff who specialise in the subject you will be learning, and lecturers who have industry experience, having worked for leading skincare and nail brands and within TV and Theatre.

Careers

The beauty industry is a varied, exciting, and fast-paced place, meaning there are many different career options you can explore after completing one of our qualifications.

You could explore careers such as:

  • Skincare specialist
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Beauty retail consultant
  • Nail technician
  • Aromatherapist
  • Salon Manager
  • Eyelash technician
  • Beauty blogger.

Many former students have progressed into freelance work or set up their own businesses. 

Our Beauty department boasts a range of facilities that enhance your learning, including:

  • Professional salons with real clients
  • The Canterbury Spa
  • Massage beds
  • High-end products to use for treatments.

T Levels are a brand new qualification designed to give you a head start toward the future you want.

They follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A Levels.

The 2-year T Level qualification brings classroom and work placements together on a course designed with employers and businesses.

You’ll spend 80% of your time in the classroom and 20% on a 45-day placement to give you the skills and knowledge employers are looking for.

Your T Level will help you to step straight into your chosen career, an apprenticeship or a degree

Career Prospects

Example: Beauticians and related occupations

 Annual pay
£6,760 - £22,880
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 9% over the period to 2027, adding 8,681 jobs. In the same period, 76% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 70,840 job openings.

Role description

Beauticians and related workers give facial and body beauty treatments, apply cosmetics and dress wigs.

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Are you?

16-18

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progess and succeed at College.

Here is a list of entry criteria for this pathway:

This programme of study is designed to drive your progression toward advanced employment or apprenticeship opportunities.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks further progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue through your studies to higher levels.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 3, ideally including English and maths.

This course provides time for you to gain vocational expertise in your chosen specialism and achieve your English and maths to grade 4 or an equivalent. Achievement at this level will have a positive impact upon your future opportunities and open up new choices for you, including skilled employment, apprenticeship, or progression to Level 3.

To study on this programme you will need the equivalent of 4 GCSEs grade 2 to 1 including Functional Skills English and maths Level 1 or above.

This programme of study is designed to accelerate progression toward advanced employment, higher study or apprenticeship opportunities if you are clear about your next steps and you have the explicit entry criteria to ensure your success.

Achievement at level 3 will have a positive impact upon your future earning potential and career options but it also unlocks progression to Higher Education and Higher and Degree Apprenticeships.  These take you from advanced technician or skilled supervisory roles at Level 3 to management and chartered professional status as you continue your studies to higher levels.

For a Level 3, including all T Level and A Level programmes of study, we require students to have an average point on entry score of 5.0 from their best 6 subjects, ideally including English and Mathematics.

In addition to the general entry criteria for T Levels and A Levels many individual subjects will also require students to have specific GCSE grades in specific subjects, and some will have a specified level of skill requirement as well as specific GCSE grade requirements. Please see the individual information regarding the requirements for each subject course.

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love Beauty

Millie Fisher

Millie Fisher

"Since starting my work experience, I have been able to develop my skills in communication with clients. I have learned many new skills throughout my course. I believe this course has helped with my confidence and showed me what a career in industry would entail." 

Chelsea Roberts

Chelsea Roberts

Level 3 Beauty Therapy student, Chelsea Roberts, had the opportunity to undertake industry experience with skincare brand Dermalogica through their College Partnership and Ready To Work schemes.

Isabelle Brady

Isabelle Brady

"I have secured a job at Champney's Eastwell Manor as a Spa Therapist. I love studying Beauty at College because it is so interesting learning about how different treatments benefit clients and their different needs for their skin."

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent
CT1 3AJ

Telephone:
01227 811111