As an award winning beauty, make up and hair school we’re often asked the same questions about our courses so we’ve compiled a helpful list of them here. Before you get in touch, take a look through the questions below. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, simply call us on 01603 621600 and we’ll be happy to help.
What is the minimum age I need to be to attend a course?
You must be age 16 or older at the time of your exam.
Am I too old to do a course?
You’re never too old to enrol in a course with us. We have had many successful mature students. In fact, Beauty Therapy, Hair and Makeup is a profession where maturity can be an advantage. We have students from 19 to over 60 – and a good mix of personalities too. People attracted to these courses love people and want to help them, which makes for a supportive learning environment. You’ll meet people from all walks of life with good balance of knowledge and experience in the classroom – we never stop learning!
Do you need prior experience to enrol?
No, we offer courses for all experience levels, including beginners and those who have a little experience. Some of our students wish to add to their existing skills, and people already working within the industry are welcome too.
Do you except overseas students?
Yes as long as you have the relevant student visa to be able to study in the UK, you are welcome to join us.
My English is not perfect, so can I still attend a course?
If you can read and understand these FAQs, you’re welcome to enrol.
QUALIFICATIONS & CAREERS
Will I be a fully qualified make-up artist/beauty therapist/hair stylist at the end of the course?
Yes you will be fully qualified in your chosen course.
After completing a course, can I get a job?
After your course, you’ll be fully qualified to get a job within the industry. And many of our students have set up on their own and become self-employed.
I’ve seen courses for Beauty Therapy, Make up, Manicure & Pedicure, Facials & Waxing that last for 1-2 days and yours are approximately 3 months long for each subject – but I get the same qualification at the end – how does that work?
We must differentiate between qualification and training. A qualification alone cannot make you a competent beauty therapist or make up artist. Good, practical training can. Beauty Therapy, Make up, Manicure & Pedicure, Facials etc. are very much hands-on therapies. The therapist must adapt to every new client and situation, constantly varying their approach and method. Learning to do this confidently should be part of your training, and in our opinion, this can’t be taught in one or two days.
What does Level 2 or 3 mean?
A Level 2 qualification is equivalent to GCSE grade A*-C level.
A Level 3 qualification is equivalent to A Level.
What does ITEC stand for?
International Therapy Examination Council.
What are the differences between an ITEC qualification and an NVQ or VTCT?
NVQ, VTCT and similar qualifications are usually found in Colleges of Further Education, whereas qualifications such as ITEC is the awarding body for Private Beauty Colleges. Within the industry, ITEC (and similar such as CIBTAC) are regarded as the more prestigious award. As we are a private school, we want our students to become the best beauty therapists in the industry.
What qualification do I receive if I attend a short workshop?
Our short workshops are accredited by BABTAC.
Do you offer work experience?
Local companies regularly approach us with work experience and job opportunities for our past and present students. We’re always happy to put people in touch with local companies.
Can I get a paid job after completing a course?
Once qualified, you’re free to work where you want and charge what you want.
Do you receive a certificate after the course?
After your exams, you’ll receive an ITEC Certificate. If you choose to do the full Beauty Therapy course with us, you will receive an ITEC Diploma.
Is this qualification recognised in other countries?
ITEC is an internationally recognised qualification. ITEC has registered centres in over 39 countries around the world.
Is the certificate recognised within the industry?
ITEC is recognised and highly regarded within the beauty and hair industry.
WHILE YOU’RE STUDYING
Do you offer accommodation?
We don’t offer accommodation directly. Norwich has a wealth of accommodation available, but this would be at your own expense.
Will I need to do homework?
You will start with pre-course homework for each course that needs completing on a computer. Homework is an important part of the course and we ask you to complete assignments at home. However long you spend in the classroom, we would expect you to spend the same amount of time again at home working on theory and practical homework.
Will I need to wear a uniform?
Yes all of our students are required to wear a uniform. We set a high standard for our school and expect our students to represent this. The uniform is: black tunic or school T-shirt with black trousers or a knee length skirt. You’ll need to provide the uniform yourself.
Will I be expected to have the treatments I am learning performed on me by a fellow student?
Yes, all students are required to take part in all practical parts of the syllabus. You’ll be supervised at all times by a member of our highly trained teaching staff. It’s very beneficial for students to experience the treatments they will be performing first-hand. After you have finished the first or second lesson, you will be asked to bring models in for each lesson.
I have children, will I need to get childcare?
If your children are at school it shouldn’t be a problem. All of our courses run during normal school term times, and our daytime courses run from 9.30am until 2.30pm to fit around school drop off and pick up times.
FEES & FUNDING
Can I get funding?
There are lots of charities in the area please click here for a list.
Can I pay by instalments?
Interest free instalments are available for every course. We do charge £10 for each month you are late.
How do I sign up?
Simply fill in the application form at the bottom of the course page online and secure your place with a deposit. Alternatively, you can come in and take a look around before you decide. Just call or email us to make an appointment.
What happens after I sign up?
You’ll receive a confirmation email with further details about your course.
Can I enrol on more than one course at once?
Yes, the courses are designed for you to mix and match. We run daytime and evening courses to suit you.
How many courses do you recommend to take at once?
Usually one or two at a time, depending on your lifestyle. We want all of our students to get the very most out of their time with us. This is something we can discuss with you personally so we can work with your schedule.
How do I pay for a course?
We accept payment by credit or debit card, Paypal, bank transfer or cash.
What does the cost of my course include?
Unless otherwise stated, all of your teaching fees, exam fees and kit fees are covered when you pay for a course with us.
Can I pay a deposit to reserve my place?
You must pay a deposit to reserve your place. A high number of people apply, so it’s important to secure your booking as soon as you can.
Is there a waiting list?
Our courses are very popular, so we suggest you enquire well in advance of the start date. We do have places that become available at short notice, so it’s always worth giving us a call to see if there’s been a cancellation. There’s no harm in asking!
What happens if a course is full?
We’ll try our best to book you onto the next available course. The majority of courses run 2-3 times a year.
What if I change my mind after I’ve booked my course place?
That’s ok, but please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the place to someone else. All deposits are non-refundable, so you will lose your deposit payment.
What happens if I don’t pass either my theory or practical exam, or both?
In the unlikely situation of this happening, you’d be able to retake your exams. Our tutors carefully monitor your progress throughout the course and do their best to make sure you have acquired all the necessary skills to pass first time.
What is the mark required to pass?
You are required to get a mark of at least 60% in your practical and theory exam to pass the course.