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At Portobello Institute we offer Beauty students the opportunity of learning in a Beauty School environment, within the setting of a busy college, allowing our Beauty students to avail of a more rounded college life. During this programme you will learn the up to date skills and the professionalism needed to succeed to the very highest level in the Beauty Therapy industry. The award you will receive is ITEC, an international examination which is recognised in over 38 countries and sits on the NFQ (national framework); with this award you are ready to take up work in Ireland or abroad.

You will specialise in skin and eye treatments, facial make up, waxing and nails (manicure and pedicure). You will also learn about business and professional conduct.
As well as the ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma, you can choose to study for ITEC diplomas in Facial Electrical Equipment and Holistic Massage or Diploma in Nail Technology.
Work Experience placements, an essential part of the program will be arranged for students by our Course Director.

In addition to the ITEC curriculum students will take part in the following workshops in order to insure they are fully prepared to enter the Beauty Industry when their course is finished; Threading, 2 Week Gel Manicure, Nail Art, Semi Permanent Eye Lash Application

Qualifications Gained

  • Portobello Institute Diploma in Beauty Therapy
  • ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma
  • ITEC Facial Electrical Equipment Diploma*
  • ITEC Nail Technology Diploma*

* As a student of this course you may choose to study Facial Electrical Equipment OR Nail Technology

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course is by direct application to the college. Acceptance to Full Time courses is interview based, there are no specific points requirements. At the interview we are seeking the character and traits required to work with people and a genuine interest in the beauty industry.

Course Structure

This is a full time course delivered over 1 academic year.

Assignment Support

We understand the challenge of completing assignments at third level, the new skills and the change in thinking sometimes needed to put on paper, all that you have learned. We offer our students the opportunity to submit a draft assignment for informal feedback before submitting the final version. We care about your success, we want you to achieve the best you can and we offer you the individual support to acquire the skills you need to communicate what you have learned whilst studying with Portobello Institute.


Course Content Modules

  1. Skin and eye treatments
  2. Facial Make Up
  3. Waxing
  4. Manicure and Pedicure
  5. Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
  6. Diploma in Facial Electrical Equipment* (course options - see below)
  7. Diploma in Nail Technology* (course options - see below)

*Course Options

  1. Diploma in Facial Electrical Equipment
    Designed to enable students to provide treatments for the purpose of improving the condition of the skin with the use of electrical equipment. During this module students will cover Electrical Science, Deep Cleansing, Galvanism, High Frequency, Vacuum Suction, Faradism and  Infrared Treatments.

  2. Diploma in Nail Technology
    The demand for Nail Technicians has never been greater. This module covers the application and removal of the 5 main nail system including tips, gel, silk, fiberglass and acrylics and will give you the added qualification to work as a nail technician.

Our Live "pop up" Salon

Portobello Institute's beauty department is very unique as we operate a live "pop up" salon from our beauty therapy rooms. This salon is run by our current students carrying out the treatments they are learning in class. This salon allows the students to develop key skills such as listening to the client, client care, interaction, time management and estimating correct treatment timings. The tutors are always on hand in the Live Salon to help build up student confidence and speed- skills that are essential when entering the salon/spa industry. The Live Salon experience makes for a very smooth transition from student to professional beauty therapist. Here are a few of what some clients of the Live Salon had to say after their visit....

Pam Quinn - Make up and Beauty Blogger; " I recently attended the college for a facial and massage. As soon as myself and my friends arrived we were greeted by Fiona one of the tutors there. I was then introduced to my student therapist who was extremely professional and friendly and instantly put me at ease. She went through a questionnaire regarding any skin allergies or health issues she needed to be aware of. I have mild Cerebral Palsy which can affect how I walk, but she was very kind and helped me getting to the therapist bed. She talked me through what to expect from the facial and really knew her stuff. She did the facial and massage exactly how I had asked for it - it was so relaxing and professional. I slept so well after the massage and my skin was clear and glowed for days. I would highly recommend Portobello's live pop up salon, it's great for clients and also a brilliant experience and opportunity for the students studying there".

Aisling King - "I was greeted very professionally and asked all medical questions discreetly. The atmosphere was relaxed and yet fun with plenty of interesting conversation".

Paula Moore - "The student that looked after me had a very gentle yet firm touch. The creams used were amazing and I noted that despite it being a class for the training of students I was treated to the same standard of facial if not better than a spa".

Olivia Dowdall - I went to Portobello's live pop up salon for a manicure and pedicure, I found the experience uplifting and relaxing. I had a lovely French manicure done and a paraffin wax pedicure which was truly heaven. I have decided from having the paraffin wax pedicure that this will be a treatment I will look into having on a regular basis".

What the industry has to say about our beauty students...

Nicole Gallagher of Beauty By Nicole

Vera joined our team of beauty therapists to complete her work-experience module and I must say I was most impressed. Aside from the practical work in which she showed considerable skill, she also demonstrated an understanding of the other aspects required to be a valued employee; her time-keeping and appearance were flawless, as was the natural way she made clients feel appreciated and that they were getting treated in a professional and friendly manner. I believe that she will do well in her career in the beauty industry.



Name: Beauty Therapy Diploma

Cost: 4,495 Euro

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Course CodePrice and LocationInfo
Portobello Institute, Dublin 1
  • 18/10/17 - 04/05/18
  • Start/end times will vary from day to day

Additional Course Costs

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  • ITEC Exam Fee: £365
  • Materials: €500 approx