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Looking to start your career in the beauty industry, or perhaps you are an existing therapist working from currently home / mobile and want to gain employment? Our internationally recognised, OFQUAL Regulated VTCT and City & Guilds Qualifications will enable you to be employed in positions ranging from a holistic therapist within a spa to working as a beautician on a cruise-ship. They will also allow you to obtain local authority (special treatments) licenses from your local council and salon insurance to open your own salon premises.

“Qualifications from Awarding Bodies such as VTCT and City & Guilds are highly-valued both in the UK and internationally for excellence, with a longevity of recognition amongst employers within the industry.”

Employers prioritise candidates with regulated qualifications as they demonstrate competence to provide treatments to defined, industry-level standards. VTCT awards beauty therapy are based on the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and recognised by the UK’s leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). City & Guilds awards are recognised by both BABTAC & FHT for professional memberships.

Qualification course prices include training, coursework, standard assessment and registration fees. Kits are required towards coursework and assessments; these are not included in the course price.


Flexible Payment Options Available

Take advantage of our flexible payment options on our website or use our NEW GoCardless Direct Debit plan. Available on all VTCT Courses at £2299. Open to anyone aged 18+ with a UK bank account.

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Looking to gain employment in a salon, spa, skin clinic or onboard a cruise liner offering beauty treatments? Want to open your own salon premises?

If your wanting to start a career in beauty or progress your existing beauty career further, working on an employed basis within the beauty industry then you would be best to consider our VTCT or City & Guilds Qualifications.

VTCT and City & Guilds Qualifications are also the recommended route for those who want to open their own salon premises where local authority (council) special treatments licenses may be required or to fulful salon insurance requirements.

These courses leave all career options open to you for the future, allowing you to later build on these courses further (as needed) with additional qualifications (such as VTCT Level 3 Award in Education & Training to begin teaching in beauty or with The Beauty Academy diplomas to get insurance in add-on beauty services).

  • Ideal if you want to gain employment in a salon/spa/cruise liner or you wish to open your own salon premises or have a permanent treatment room from home, you will also usually require a regulated (RQF) qualification to comply with local authority licensing.
  • Recognised in over 38 countries worldwide but also highly favoured by UK employers.
  • Flexible, can be completed in as little as 16 weeks or you can take up to 1 year as you need.
  • Attend 3-7 training days (dependent on course), submit coursework from home studying at your own pace, complete written exams (multiple choice) online and then attend practical assessment days.
  • Wide range of Level 2 & Level 3 qualifications available to meet your specific career goals whether that is within beauty, nails, make-up, massage or electrical facials. Qualifications are designed with employers in mind and give you the widest range of skills ready to work within the industry. Options available for complete beginners at level 2 and 3 or advanced courses for career progression at level 3.
  • Payment plans available to help spread the cost, including finance through Newpay to spread payments over 12 months.

  • No written exams for City & Guilds courses – ideal for those who struggle with formal exams or for whom English is not their first language. Assessment is through coursework completed at home, at your own pace and practical assessment days only.
  • Ideal if you want to gain employment in a salon/spa/cruise liner or you wish to open your own salon premises or have a permanent treatment room from home, you will also usually require a regulated (RQF) qualification to comply with local authority licensing.
  • Recognised in over 80 countries including UK employers.
  • Flexible, can be completed in as little as 16 weeks or you can take up to 1 year as you need.
  • Attend training days, submit written and practical coursework and attend for practical assessment days.
  • No written exam to be taken with City & Guilds awards, all written work completed at home within your own time and at your pace.
  • Level 3 Electrical Facial Route focuses upon electrical facial treatments with body massage – ideal for those who want a fast track route into employment to work within an aesthetic skin clinic but retaining spa level skills (there is a pre-requirement of Level 2 in Facials or Beauty).
  • Payment plans available to help spread the cost, including finance through Newpay to spread payments over 12 months.

Just looking for training to work for yourself from home or mobile?

If you are just initially looking to get started working freelance for yourself, from home or mobile then you most likely won’t require the additional commitment and expense involved in VTCT or City & Guilds courses. You may like to look at The Beauty Academy diploma courses only. These classroom based training courses don’t require any coursework or assessment days, simply attend the training at any of our 11 training centres and achieve an ABT accredited diploma recognised for insurance & with professional beauty suppliers, to allow you to start your own business. Courses start from only £199? Shop Classroom Courses now…

Or if you’re looking to learn flexibly, why not consider our IPHM Accredited Online Courses from only £99? Learn at your own pace from the convenience of home. Study through our online student portal, accessible on pc, laptop, tablet and even mobile phones 24/7 so you can learn on the go. Gain The Beauty Academy certificate, get insured & start earning. Discover Online Course Options

Not sure of your career plans yet?

If you’re unsure of your career plans and just want to get started quickly learning the skills in beauty, we’d highly recommend our ABT Accredited Classroom training courses. These start from only £129, with regular Last Minute Offers. We also have Multi Buy Course Packages to help save you money also. These allow you to dip your toe into beauty, begin working freelance and exploring your interests in the industry before committing to further courses.

Should you decide once you start learning, that you would like to follow the VTCT qualification route, you have up to 12 weeks from completion of your classroom training to upgrade to VTCT. Save money as we can usually offset classroom training course fees against the VTCT course fee (where applicable to the qualification selected). You will already have learnt the practical and knowledge, so can top-up with the VTCT coursework and assessments, to achieve your internationally recognised qualification in the shortest time possible.

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.


Book Now, Pay Later with Klarna with no fees when you pay on time. Available on all bookings totaling £79 or more. Spread the cost over 3 equal, monthly payments.

Simply pick your courses & add to shopping basket, at checkout select Klarna Pay in 3 and then enter your details to check if you’re eligible. You’ll know instantly if you’re approved. Available to those aged 18+, resident in the UK & with a UK bank account. T&Cs apply. Find out more about Klarna with Klarna FAQs

Disclosure: The Beauty Academy is not a lender and acts only as an introducer. The credit product is provided by Klarna Bank AB (publ). Klarna’s Klarna’s Pay in 3 / Pay in 30 days are unregulated credit agreements. Borrowing more than you can afford or paying late may negatively impact your financial status and ability to obtain credit. 18+, UK residents only. Subject to status. Late fees may apply. Ts&Cs apply. Please spend responsibly. Make sure you can afford to make your monthly repayments on time.  Missed payments may affect your ability to use Klarna in the future.

PayPal Credit allows you the option to spread the cost of any course(s) totalling £99 or more over 4 months with 0% interest*.

  • It’s quick and easy to apply for PayPal Credit – all you need to do is select the PayPal Credit option when completing your order and this will prompt you to complete a short application form.
  • PayPal give you a decision instantly. If approved and you accept, you’ll have a credit limit attached to your PayPal account to start using straightaway allowing to spread the cost of your training.
  • Book your training & pay quickly and conveniently,  all with the security and peace of mind of using PayPal (PayPal Buyer Protection provided for eligible purchases).
  • PayPal provide paymemt reminders and you can manage your PayPal Credit account easily online, on mobile, tablet or desktop.
  • Representative Example: 19.9% APR (variable). Purchase interest rate 19.9% p.a. (variable). Assumed Credit limit £1,200. This example illustrates the typical cost of using PayPal Credit as a standard funding method. If you take advantage of our offers and promotions, including our 0% for 4 months offer, the interest rate that applies will be lower in many circumstances.

Payl8r allows you to spread payment for your training flexibly but you can still start your courses straightaway.

Choose Payl8r at checkout and have a decision in minutes. Spread the cost of training over 3, 6, 9 or 12 months. The interest rate, credit limit and payment plan you’re offered will be based on a credit check.  Payl8r will consider all credit types but may ask you to complete an affordability assessment through Open Banking.

If you repay your plan in full within 30 days of application, no interest will be charged. On top of the interest agreed for your plan, there will be a £2 credit check fee and a £4.95 application fee. The credit check fee is refunded if you are approved.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • must be aged 18+
  • must be a UK resident
  • must have online banking
  • must have a regular source of income

Learn more with Payl8r FAQS here or view the Payment Calculator here

Disclaimer: Missed payments may affect your Credit File, future borrowing and incur fees.

The Beauty Academy Limited is a Introducer Appointed Representative of Social Money Ltd t/a Payl8r, a company registered in England under company number 08054296, and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, and is entered on the Financial Services Register under reference number 675283. Registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office under reference number ZA026178.

Newpay allows you to spread payment for your training flexibly but you can still start your courses straightaway.

Newpay is a flexible finance account provided by NewDay. With it, you could enjoy credit to spend everywhere you see Deko and Newpay available at checkout. It provides various payment plan options – an fixed duration instalment plan or flexible credit. So, you can repay the balance however suits you best. Just bear in mind, the interest rate, credit limit and payment plans you’re offered will be based on a credit check. There’s no minimum spend if you want to use the flexible credit payment plan. But for an instalment plan, there’s a minimum spend of £100.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Aged 18+ with a regular income
  • Have no existing Newpay account
  • Have a UK bank account & phone number
  • Been resident in the UK for at least 12 months

Checking your eligibility is simple, quick, secure & won’t affect your credit score. Simply click “Will I qualify?” to complete a soft check, before applying. When ready to go ahead, simply select “Pay with finance with Newpay” at checkout to process a new finance application instantly online, or login using your existing Newpay account details when prompted (if applicable).

Learn more with Newpay FAQS here

Credit provided by NewDay Ltd. Subject to status. 18+. UK only. Terms apply. Deko is a trading name of Pay4later Ltd which acts as a credit broker for NewDay Ltd.
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    Brilliant course. Tutor Leanne was so helpful and friendly and made me feel totally at ease. I was nervous as I have never done any beauty training before and she put me at ease straight away. Brilliant service and I will one hundred percent be using again. Thank you very much!!

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    I’ve obtained multiple qualifications with The Beauty Academy over the years. It has improved my skills and I have gained confidence. The training is thorough and the course works around you, the tutors are all great! I will definitely book another course to keep up with the beauty industry.

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I have done a few courses at the Cambridge and London venues and loved all of them. Staff is very friendly and professional at the same time which makes it easy to learn the theory and also the techniques. Teachers pay attention to each student and gives honest advises and support. I highly recommend The Beauty Academy for everyone.

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Our expert team of tutors based across our 10 Training Schools are all qualified to the highest levels, still practising in the industry keeping their skills up to date and with years of industry experience to share with their students. All tutors are friendly and welcoming, making you feel totally at ease whether attending for your very first course or your VTCT qualification assessment days.