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Beauty Therapy

Beauty courses at East Durham College have never looked so good! With brand new modern workrooms, equipment and a dedicated professional salon, open to the public, students are certain to benefit from being trained in a modern and highly professional environment.

Choose your Course

Are you looking to get your start in the beauty industry? With East Durham College's range of part-time and full-time beauty programmes, learners of all ages can get their start in beauty therapy with a course at East Durham College.

We offer a wide variety of beauty courses, all taught at our Willerby Grove campus in Peterlee. 

Full-Time Beauty Therapy Courses

For those wanting to study full time, we offer various diplomas from Level 1 to 3 in beauty therapy. These courses teach you everything there is to know about beauty therapy, from applying basic makeup to carrying out massages to advanced work such as beauty treatments using machinery. As with all of our courses, learners can benefit from our links with employers in our region such as Seaham Hall Serenity Spa, where many learners have gone on to work after college.

East Durham College also has a full-time course programme in Theatrical Makeup. This course will teach you how to create stunning special effects makeup, ranging from simple paint application to the creation of advanced prosthetics. If you've got a real flair for art, this could be a fantastic course for you to consider.

Part-Time Beauty Therapy Courses

Ideal for adults looking to retrain, or those already in the beauty industry and wanting to increase their skills further, East Durham College's part-time beauty therapy courses will help you to expand your career in beauty.

Some of the most popular courses we do include our Nail Technology courses; ran regularly throughout the year, these part-time nail courses will train you as a nail technician, usually on an evening. For beginners, a Level 2 course is available, with the ability to progress onto Level 3 afterwards.

The college also offers regular part-time course programmes in other beauty treatments.

Additional Learning Opportunities

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Students can also benefit from a wide variety of additional learning opportunities, including diplomas in ear piercing and nail art, as well as an extensive programme of enrichment events, activities and competitions. The College holds an impressive success record at both regional and national competitions. Not only does this help profile new talents, but it also serves to enhance employability opportunities after studying.

The training and skill our students have gained has enabled them to pursue fulfilling careers in the beauty and related industries.

The College has a fantastic hair and beauty salon which is open to the public. 

Students get to grips with working on mannequins before they interact with clients, ensuring they learn the skills necessary to carry out beauty treatments before working with clients, models or their peers in class.

If you are interested in hairdressing or barbering, you can see check out our hairdressing and barbering courses for further details.

Hone Your Craft in Competitions & Training

Want to show off your skills? As well as gaining knowledge through your tuition, we also offer a great enrichment and events programme as part of your beauty course.

We regularly encourage our students to compete in various different competitions during the college year and many previous students have gone on to win prestigious competitions both regionally and at a national level.

Due to excellent links with industry, we are able to provide training sessions with experienced external beauty therapists and make-up artists too.

Industry Links

Our strong links with the industry allow us to monitor and cascade emerging trends to students, allowing them to develop their skills further with organisations like Dermalogica and P Louise.

Students are given the opportunity to attend one-day-a-week work placements, leading in many cases to employment. 

The College has a fantastic hair and beauty salon which is a state-of-the-art training salon we are incredibly proud of.

Why not join us on the salon's very own Facebook page, please follow this link:

Flexible Course Options

Are you over 19 or perhaps already working? Many of our learners are in a similar situation and take a beauty therapy course at East Durham College.

We offer many different full-time and part-time course options for our beauty therapy courses, meaning you can train on an evening should you have other commitments.

For general full time or part time course enquires, please call Student Services on 0191 518 8222.

To see full details on each of our Beauty Therapy courses, run at the Peterlee Campus in County Durham, please click on any of the courses listed below.

Available full time and/or part time course(s) are listed below:

Employment Stats & Facts In This Sector

Infographic detailing key employment stats in beauty therapy, these details can be found in the career coach section of our website