• Code: FA (Year 1); FB (Year 2)
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Certification: ITEC Diploma Level5 equivalence on the NFQ in
    • BeautySpecialist (100/1914/5)
    • Holistic Massage (100/2404/9)
    • Facial Electrical Treatments (100/2588/1)
    • Aromatherapy (100/2403/7)
    • Indian Head Massage (100/2572/3)
    • Stone Therapy (100/5213/6)
  • QQI Level5 Component in:Work Experience (5N1356)
  • BIFE Certificates in: 
    • Hopi Ear Candling
    • Holistic Facial Massage
    • Pregnancy
    • Deep Tissue Massage


The Beauty Specialist Course is a 2 year course which paves your pathway to a professional career in the Beauty Industry.  Our team of teacher’s are experts in their field and specialise in catering for all learning needs.  This excellent programme of study offers the highest level of practical and theoretical skills. Upon completion, successful learners are awarded ITEC international qualifications.  These much sought after qualifications will facilitate them to pursue a professional career as a beauty & body therapist both at home and abroad. Learner’s usually add to their qualifications by gaining other ITEC awards in Theatrical Make-up or Nail Technology.

Programme of Study

Year 1:

  • Diploma in Beauty Specialist incorporating:

              - Skin Care & Eye Treatments
              - Make-Up
              - Manicure & Pedicure
              - Waxing
              - Professional Conduct & Business Awarenes

Optional Module: · Diploma in Nail Technology (100/2569/8)

Year 2:

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy (100/2403/7)
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage (100/2572/3)
  • Diploma in Stone Therapy (100/5213/6)
  • Work Experience
  • Hopi Ear Candling
  • Holistic Facial Massage
  • Deep Tissue Massage
  • Pregnancy Massage

     Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent
  • Leaving Certificate Applied with a merit profile
  • Full QQI Level 4 award with a merit profile
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formalqualifications

Places are offered following a successful interview.

 Learners must source their own work placement.

Career Opportunities

Beautician in a variety of settings such as:

  • Beauty Salon
  • Spa/Health-farm
  • Cruise Liners
  • Nail Bar
  • Self-employed mobile therapist
  • Make-up specialist with Cosmetic Company
  • Product Sales
  • Cosmetic Sales Demonstrator
Course Co-Ordinator

Sandra Kelly

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

 "Having finished a 2 year Holistic & Wellbeing course in BIFE, I began working as  a spa therapist in Druids Glen. To further my education, I studied Beauty &  Wellbeing, again in BIFE. Graduating with the student of the year award, thanks to  the standards offered by the college, I have taken part in the Tatler Spa Awards  and am currently studying Management in order to enhance my career  opportunities." -  Daria Okulewicz


I chose to go back to college in September and it was the best decision i have made for me and my daughter. I have always had an interest and love for the beauty industry and so I applied for the beauty therapy course at BIFE. It was close to home and I was still able to work part time. I admit after a 10 year break from school it was a bit scary but I got stuck right in. My tutors were very helpful and determined to get us through the course and stopped at nothing to make that happen. I am currently training in a salon in bray with a lovely woman who was also a student at BIFE. I hope to get more training in makeup (bridal)as this was my favorite part of the course and also work in a spa for the experience. I enjoyed my time at BIFE and would do it all again. - Louise Scanlon

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