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7 months


ITEC Level 3 Diploma


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Start Date
October 2020

The Beauty and Spa Therapist - Full Time

Are you interested in becoming a Beauty and Spa Therapist? Portobello Institute’s Beauty and Spa Therapist course provides you with internationally recognised ITEC qualifications that will equip you with the full range of practical skills needed for modern beauty and spa salons. During this 7-month course you will learn about the foundations of beauty such as skin care and eye treatments, manicure / pedicure and facial electric treatments. You will attend class 3 days a week in and during the second semester you will complete an internship programme at a beauty and spa salon enabling you to get practical experience to compliment your studies.  There is cross-collaboration of projects and field trips with make-up and fashion students which allows our beauty and spa therapy students to benefit from a more rounded college life. There is an easy payment plan designed to make this programme affordable. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you a course that is accessible, affordable and achievable.

Practical skills acquirement is an essential part of this program and the course is designed that by the end of first semester, you will have completed some of their exams and are qualified to deliver treatments to clients in a working salon. During the second semester, you will be placed on an internship programme with selected partner beauty and spa salons. Portobello Institute provides you with the internship placement in a working salon and supports them throughout their experience with our partner salons.

Why should I study this course?

Portobello Institute's Beauty and Spa Therapist course gives you the opportunity to learn from a range of experts whom are all practicing beauticians, working in the field of beauty and spa therapy. They bring their insight, depth of experience and passion for teaching to this degree programme. The beauty industry has completely reinvented itself in the last 10 years and there is a strong demand for walk-in treatments such as lash lifts, precision brows and nail technology to mention but a few. All of these modern treatments are covered on this course to ensure you have the full range of skills they need to work in beauty salons and the specialist beauty treatments such as brow or nail bars. Portobello Institute's Student Support Clinic offers you the opportunity to avail of one to one tutorials to support your learning journey, ensuring you reach your personal best and achieve the career of your dreams as a beauty and spa therapist.

What will I learn during this Beauty and Spa Therapist course?

During this programme, you will learn the foundations of beauty including skin care, waxing, eyebrow treatments, eyelash extensions and manicure / pedicure. Many of our students seek to combine their beauty qualifications with spa therapy qualifications to broaden their career options and progress a career in the spa industry. This course uniquely offers students the opportunity to acquire qualifications in Holistic, Hot Stone, Indian Head and Pregnancy massage. Upon completing this course you will have the full range of practical skills needed to work in beauty salons as well as specialised treatment settings such as nail and brow bars.

Who will recognise my qualification?

The programme management and tutoring team on this Beauty and Spa Therapist course have been carefully selected on the basis of their qualifications and wealth of practical experience in the sector and education. Each member of our tutoring team is passionate about equipping you with the skills and knowledge you will need as a beautician. Meet our Team by clicking here

Who will recognise my qualification?
Upon completing this course, you will hold ITEC level 2 qualifications in Beauty Therapy, and ITEC Level 3 qualifications in Facial Electric, Nail Technology, Holistic Massage, Indian Head Massage, Stone Therapy Massage.

Students have the opportunity to achieve all of these qualifications during their studies on the full time Beauty & Spa Therapist course with Portobello Institute

Beauty Qualifications

ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Facial Electric

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology

ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Eyebrow Treatments and Eyelash Enhancements

Spa Treatment Qualifications

ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Holistic Massage

ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage

ITEC Level 3 Award in Stone Therapy Massage

Portobello Institute Certificate in Pregnancy Massage

Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute and is based on interview selection.

Application Process

Step 1 - Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 - Applicants will be contacted and an interview arranged

Step 3 - Interview takes place

Step 4  - Confirmation of an offer of a place will be given to applicants meeting the selection criteria, with a formal offer emailed within 3 days of the interview.

Step 5 - Applicants have 14 days to confirm their acceptance of an offer by returning the acceptance form

The Interview

Places on this programme are limited to 14 and we want to ensure each and every student we accept has the opportunity to excel as a therapist. By interviewing all applicants, we can verify each student has the aptitude and personality to deal with clients in a spa and beauty setting. The interview will take place at a time convenient to applicants and is carried out by the programme manager. Our programme manager is also seeking to understand that applicants have a genuine interest in working as a therapist in a beauty or spa salon, they understand the role of a therapist, the requirements of the programme and that this programme and Portobello Institute is the right career choice for them.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.


This programme is delivered over 2 semesters with examinations at the end of each semester. Practical classes are delivered in a fully equipped therapy training room with theory classes taking place in one of the many theory rooms within Portobello Institute

Semester 1

The first semester runs for 14 weeks from 07/10/19 to 31/01/20.

Classes are delivered Tuesday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm.

Examinations take place during the week commencing 03/02/20

Semester 2

The second semester runs for 12 weeks from 10/02/20 to 01/05/20.

Classes are delivered Tuesday to Thursday, 9.30am to 4pm with internship programmes running on a Friday.

There is a study break for two weeks at the end of semester 2 with examinations taking place during the week commencing 18/05/20


The content of this programme is comprehensive and prepares students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for examination in the following areas;

  • Skin Care
  • Eyebrow Treatments
  • Eyelash Enhancements
  • Facial Make Up
  • Waxing
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness
  • Facial Electrical Equipment
  • Nail Technology including gel and acrylic nails
  • Holistic Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

Student Support Clinic

Portobello Institute recognises that every student learns in a different way and for each and every student to excel, they need support and extra guidance at different stages throughout their learning journey. For this reason and in advance of theory and practical exams, we offer a Student Support Clinic from January to May each year. Tutors are available each week, during this period, for students to book a 30 minute tutorial for one to one practical skills, theory or exam preparation support. It is the student's choice what is covered during this time.

Our experience in preparing students for beauty and spa therapy exams is that this type of support substantially relieves the pressure and stress on students and ensures they can excel during their practical and theory exams.

Internship Programme

At the end of this course, graduates need to be confident of their skills and able to secure a position immediately. Portobello Institute has built a strong network of employers offering students an internship programme within their beauty and spa salons. The full time course has been designed that students will hold some of their qualifications before the internship programme commences thereby allowing them to deliver treatments whilst they are on placement. Many of our network of employers recruit directly from this internship programme and it is an ideal opportunity for students to gain experience and their first reference in the industry.

Portobello Beauty Salon

From the outset, our tutors actively encourage students to start practising their skills and gain confidence delivering treatments. Portobello Institute offers students the opportunity to run a salon within the Institute on a weekly basis. The salon offers beauty and spa treatments to other students, family, friends and general members of the public free of charge. The aim of the salon is to support our students to develop the skills and confidence they need before they participate on the internship programme.

Course price  €4495

ITEC Exam Fee:   450

Payment - 40% of course fees due upon acceptance, balance and exam fees due on 25th August 2020.

Easy Payment Plan

Acceptance of place - 40% = €1,916

Balance in to 3 instalments of 20% equal to €958 due 25th August, 25th November 2020 & 25th January 2021.

Instalment fee  payable - €295 spread across 4 payments, included in figures detailed above

Exam fees are due on 25th August 2020

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once the deposit of tuition fees have been received.

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Course Code Location & Info Price
BTDP-F-DS-OC-20 Portobello Institute, Dublin 1

05/10/20 - 15/05/21
Timetable issued September 20
€3995 Book Now
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