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Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Salon Management (Level 4)

Course Overview

This Diploma of Beauty Therapy Online,  offers a comprehensive and intensive introduction to the world of high-level beauty service provision and business management.  Ideally suited to those interested in starting a new career or giving their existing career a significant boost, course content covers all essential skills and knowledge required to achieve real progression.

With no specific prior experience or knowledge required, candidates are first introduced to the basics of both beauty therapy in general and the modern salon. Over the course of 11 units, of Diploma Beauty Therapy Online, content gradually introduces and explores anatomy and physiology, skin analysis, the identification and improvement of common skin conditions, professional-level makeup application, hair care and the provision of manicure and pedicure services.Course content concludeswith an in-depth introduction tothe establishment, marketing and management of a private beauty salon.

Successful candidates will gain access to an extraordinary array of potential career options, both with established brands and as self-employed beauty therapists. 

Course Syllabus

Diploma of Beauty Therapy Online: Key Topics

Diploma of Beauty Therapy Online, consists of the following eleven units:

Unit 1 - The Work Place Environment

The first course unit focuses on introducing beauty therapy in general, incorporating an exploration of general salon hygiene guidelines and personal appearance.  A variety of key health and safety matters are also touched upon.

Unit 2 - Related Anatomy and Physiology

Course content then moves on to provide a series of key insights with regard to anatomy and physiology, in relation to beauty therapy.  Candidates explore the way in which the skin, blood, bones and other anatomical areas play a role in external health and beauty.

Unit 3 - Consultation and Skin Analysis

An introduction to skin analysis follows in Unit 3.  Content covers asking clients the right questions, carrying out manual and visual examinations, the various steps in the consultation process and how to recognise a variety of skin types.  Candidates also explore an array of facial products and the functions they perform.

Unit 4 - How to Improve and Maintain Facial Skin Conditions

The fourth unit continues with the same theme, looking more closely and preparing the skin for facial treatments and how to actually go about a professional facial.  A series of crucially important concepts are introduced, including moisturising, exfoliation and effective skin cleansing.

Unit 5 - How to Improve Skin Conditions (Continued)

Building on the teachings of Unit 5, the following unit continues with an introduction to professional facial massage and facial mask therapy.  Candidates explore the various types of face masks used by beauty therapists, along with the correct approach to applying masks.

Unit 6 - Preparing Work Area and the Client for the Application of Make up

Essential cosmetics along with a variety of other salon tools and equipment are introduced in the sixth unit, which covers cosmetics for the eyes and lips along with common concealing cosmetics.  The unit’s content also introduces contouring.

Unit 7 - Professional Make Up Procedures

The seventh unit delves a little deeper into professional-level makeup application and how to properly use corrective make up in accordance with facial features and shape.  Candidates are guided through professional application of false eyelashes, photographic makeup and the application of makeup for special occasions.

Unit 8 - Manicure and Pedicure

Essential manicure and pedicure skills are covered comprehensively in Unit 8, which introduces candidates to the specifics of professional consultations, crucial hand and foot treatments, related salon equipment and the professional application of nail polish.

Unit 9 - Hair Care

Course content then moves onto the basics of hair care, incorporating effective cleansing and conditioning of the hair and scalp, identifying and working with various types of hair and styling the hair in accordance with the client’s requests.

Unit 10 - Remove and Lighten Hair Using Temporary Methods

Body hair removal and lightening forms the core focus of Unit 10, which introduces a series of temporary approaches including warm wax application and sugaring depilation.

Unit 11 - Salon Management

The eleventh and final unit of the course explores the specifics of salon management and how to run a successful business as a beauty therapist.  Along with building a team, training employees and maintaining the best possible client relations, candidates are introduced to building a client-base and effective marketing/advertising techniques.

Fee & Payment Options

Paying in Installments: £560 (interest FREE Installments)

Deposit: £104

No of Installments: 12

Each Installment: £38

Pay in Full: (£100 Discount) £460


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Brentwood Open Learning College have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Brentwood Open Learning College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

What is ABC Awards?

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

Career Path

Our highest-level beauty therapy course has been designed for candidates determined to reach the industry’s highest-level positions. Upon completion, newcomers to beauty therapy will benefit from more diverse initial job prospects, while existing industry workers could find themselves one step closer to promotion. This is also an outstanding program for anyone looking to build and manage their own beauty business. Typical salaries range from £18,000 to £50,000, though are technically limitless for entrepreneurs. 

Who Should Take This Course?
  • Anyone serious about a high-level career in beauty therapy
  • Existing workers looking to step up to management
  • Business owners and managers looking to improve performance
  • Candidates looking to improve practical salon skills
  • Anyone interested in opening and running a beauty salon
  • Candidates looking to go into business freelance

Related Links:

Certificate in Beauty Therapy & Salon Management (Level 3)

Diploma in Diet and Nutrition (Level 4)

Health and Safety Certificate (Level 2)

Course Level
Level 4

Awarding Body
ABC Awards

Study Method
Online Learning

Course Duration
260 Hours Approx.

Entry Requirements
No Entry Requirements

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  • Our most advanced beauty therapy course
  • Study common skin conditions and treatments in-depth
  • Explore hair lightening and removal techniques
  • Build professional-quality haircare and makeup skills
  • Learn how to run a successful beauty salon 

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