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Beauty Therapy Diploma

Being a beauty therapist is about more than applying the perfect make-up or delivering a relaxing treatment. It’s about helping people feel their best. With this course, you’ll be preparing for a rewarding career, meeting people from all walks of life and giving them confidence in their everyday lives.

You’ll begin by developing your product and treatment knowledge, learning how to provide treatments for your clients. From manicures and pedicures to make-up and brows (and everything in-between), you’ll gain experience across all of the treatments you’ll need as a beauty specialist.

The course is led by a team of passionate beauty therapists, with years of industry experience to share with you. You’ll be training in our very own salons, which are live environments where you can see what working in a spa or salon is really like. This is the perfect training ground to develop your confidence, working with your classmates before progressing to real clients of the Inspirations Salon.

We look for students with a caring nature, who are open, friendly and take great pride in their work. Not only does this help relax clients but it also creates a supportive training environment, where you learn just as much from your classmates and friends on the course.


This is a 1-year course designed to develop your technical skills and build your confidence as a beauty professional. The course will help prepare you for future study, where you can progress directly to the Level 3 qualification, or into employment. Alternatively, if you want to specialise in nails, you could also consider one of our Nail Technology courses instead.

By the end of this course, you’ll be one step closer to working in the beauty industry, which could see you working in salons, cosmetic companies, spas, department stores or health clubs.

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What will I learn?

“This course is great for building practical experience on real clients- which also helps you learn great customer service. I would really recommend the course, the tutors have valuable industry experience and help to get you ready for the workplace.”Jessica Brown

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

South Devon College,
Long Road,

Newton Abbot Campus – Hair and Beauty Skills Centre

This course is available at our Newton Abbot Campus at our on-site salon. It is also home to the Brow and Nail Bar where you can book in for nail treatments.

Pearl Assurance House,
Courtenay Street,
Newton Abbot
TQ12 2AD

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We have courses to suit everyone so if you haven’t found exactly what you’re looking for yet, we recommend you take a look at the following courses. We’ve selected these for you based on your interests.

Level 1Hair and Media Make Up Certificate

Level 2Make Up Artistry Technical Certificate

Student life

Life at South Devon College is about being treated like an adult and benefiting from small class sizes. We pride ourselves in offering outstanding support in state of the art facilities.

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Student support

We offer a supportive learning environment for all students including free or discounted travel options, financial support, an exclusive Job Shop service enabling you to find part time jobs while you study, personalised learning programmes and careers advice.