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Getting Started

If you are considering a career in the amazing world of beauty, nails, or aesthetics your next step depends on what role you have in mind.

Employed Or Self Employed ?

Firstly you need to choose whether you want to be employed or self employed once you are qualified. This really come down to whether you would like to work in a salon/spa/nail bar type of environment or run you own business, often as a mobile therapist/technician with all the responsibility but flexibility.


  • You want to be able to work in salons, spas or cruise ships etc.

  • Tax and national insurance is calculated and deducted from your salary by your employer.

  • You receive paid holidays and are eligible for sick pay.

  • You have to option of taking what you have learned while employed and starting your own business at a later date.

  • Earn £14-21,000 a year

  • Would like to have all the skills and knowledge in all the fields.

  • Want to have an international recognised qualification. 

  • Want to move towards building a carer in aesthetics treatments in the future.


Qualification: NVQ Level 2 or 3


Self Employed

  • You just want to run my own business either from you own home or by visiting your clients in their homes (Mobile Beauty/Nail/Massage Therapist).

  • You need to maintain your own profit and expenses accounts and pay your own tax and national insurance.

  • No paid holidays or sick pay.

  • Flexible hours – not tied to salon working hours.

  • Earn up to £50 per hour.

Qualification: Diploma (for P.I. insurance)


Beauty, Nail or Massage?

As well as choosing whether to work employed/self employed you also need to decide in which field of beauty you would like to work:

Beauty Therapist

As a Beauty Therapist your job will be to carry out face and body treatments to make people look and feel their best. Once fully qualified you will be able to provide the following treatments:

  • Makeup

  • Nail treatments including manicures and pedicures, nail art and extensions.

  • Facial treatments including toning, cleaning and massaging.

  • Eyebrow and eyelash treatments including shaping and colouring.

  • Tanning (ultraviolet and spray).

  • Electro-therapy treatments.

  • Hair removal (waxing).


Nail Technician

If you want to specialise in nail work as a Nail Technician your work will include:

  • Manicures and pedicures treatments.

  • Nail extensions (gel or acrylic).

  • Repairing and removing nail extensions.

  • Nail art.

  • Advising you clients about nail care and products.


Massage Therapist

With low start-up cost and high demand massage is a good field to specialise in if you want to be self employed and work with your hands. You will apply the following treatments:

  • Swedish body massage – working on the whole body.

  • Indian head massage – working with oils to treat shoulders, neck, head and face.

  • Spray tanning.

  • Aromatherapy massage.

  • Hot stone therapy.


Why Become an Aesthetic Practitioner?

Flexible Working Hours and Low Overhead Costs

Working in a salon allows you to control your working hours. You can work as much or as little as you need. If you are feeling like you are missing out on time with family and friends because you currently work unsociable hours, then a move into aesthetics may be what you need. Salon room rental is also very cost effective with low overheads.

To Release Your Potential

Many of our students find that they are not moving forward in their career, with some having very limited opportunities for any kind of career progression. We help by giving our students an alternative path to realise their potential and satisfy their ambition.

Increase Your Earnings

These treatments command high earning potential.  Many of our students choose to follow this path in addition to their current job, which gives them a boost to their earnings. Others see the value in pursuing this path full time, as this will increase their earning potential. Salon based beauticians who have qualified with us have seen their earnings go up, on average by 300%.

Job Satisfaction

Imagine the euphoria and satisfaction of correctly volumizing a set of lips. Can you boast this level of satisfaction at your current role? You’ll get real fulfilment in helping your valued customers get the look that they have always dreamed of.