At The Beauty Academy, we pride ourselves on the high number of our students who successfully go on to establish their own businesses either from home, mobile or from salon premises in one of the many sectors of the expanding beauty industry. Our Starting a Business in Beauty Course is designed to help you get up and running with all the business know-how to be a success within the industry; teaching you the basics from brand marketing to legal obligations when self-employed. When launching your career in the industry, your business will be dramatically enhanced if you have solid business acumen, knowledge on how to grow your client-base and consider your means of maximising sales. Ideal for those with a busy lifestyle, this course is correspondence-only and does not require you to attend the training centre to complete it, meaning that you can learn the basics of independent business start-up from the comfort of your own home, at your own pace. It is an essential add-on to any training course and it is the first step in starting your career within this exciting industry.

Please click on the links below for more information and to book online (all prices exclude VAT). If you need advice or have any queries before you booking your course with us, please complete our contact form and we’ll call you to discuss the options.

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Career Choice

If you would like to work as a Beauty Therapist and you are considering taking a training course then the the first decision you have to make is whether you want to…

Work as Self Employed

If you wish to work as a mobile therapist or offer occasional treatments from home, you will be sufficiently qualified with The Beauty Academy Diploma.

All students (except those on funded routes) receive the Diploma which allows you to gain public liability (beauty) insurance to work with paying clients from home or mobile. It allows you to begin earning straight away, even while working towards a qualification.

If you are already a qualified therapist, you may wish to study The Beauty Academy Diploma courses to refresh your knowledge or acquire new skills.


Work as Employed

If you wish to gain employment in the industry or just want to keep your career options open, we recommend you to consider the Level 2 and Level 3 qualification courses.

Most employers in salons, spas, nail bars and on cruise ships will require therapists to hold a Level 2 and/or Level 3 Qualification. Qualifications demonstrate to employers that the therapist is proficient in their treatments and is committed to high standards in the industry.

If you wish to open your own salon premises or have a permanent treatment room from home, you will also usually require a Qualification to comply with local authority licensing. Students are recommended to contact their local authority before enrolling to establish the exact requirements.

Payment options suitable for everyone

Our friendly advisors are on hand on Freephone 0800 9992277 to assist you in booking your place over the telephone, or online. Depending on your choice of course we can offer a choice of payment options. See below for further information.

By making payment in full, you can secure your course place and enjoy the greatest flexibility to book all of your training days at your preferred training centre, in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Book securely online 24/7, or call our friendly Advisors by book by phone.


Our Deko Finance option is available on all courses, diploma course packages and VTCT qualifications over £299. You have four options – to make repayments either over 12, 24, 36 or 48 months at only 19.9%, all with just a 20% deposit.

The Deko finance option allows you book and attend your chosen courses with us while making affordable, monthly repayments to spread the cost. You don’t need to wait to book training sessions, you can complete all training as you wish, selecting from our available scheduled dates without delay. This is a great payment choice for those who desire the flexibility to manage studying around work commitments / childcare or even wish to complete their award as soon as possible; but who need the option to spread the cost into more affordable payments, over a longer term.

You can increase your deposit to reduce your payments and you can pay off early if you wish. No hidden fees or charges. The scheme is subject to the usual credit checks etc.

  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I have just finished my Complete Make Up Artist Course here at the Academy.. I find it very accommodating and really gives me the knowledge n experience that i need.. I might be coming back for my next course.. And i will definitely recommend anyone whom intends to attend any beauty course for any purposes.. And I would like to extend my special thanks to my tutor Vanessa Jane for giving the best if my needs.. All the best.. Salute..

    Baie A

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    Had an amazing 5 days with Vanessa and the 5 girls I was working with in the professional makeup. Vanessa gave her full support in the style of makeup I liked to follow. Vanessa has also taught me that everyone make mistakes and ways to fix makeup if something was to go wrong. Thank you for a great time and I will be back to visit in the future when I want to extend my business ideas further.

    Gemma W

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    Saturday 22nd Oct I went to Kings Cross to do waxing training with Beverly she was great very supportive and friendly and on Sunday 23rd Oct I went to London Bridge to do eyebrow and eyelash tinting, Eyebrow shaping and false lashes with Sabia, she was very supportive and friendly as well I left both classes feeling confident to work on by cleans. I loved it so much I will be booking the facial class.

    Zoe M

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Our Expert team of tutors based across our 9 Training Schools are all qualified to the highest levels, with years of industry experience and all friendly and excited to welcome all our fantastic students