• 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)
    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Holistic Massage (100/2404/9)
    • 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 course which paves your pathway to a professional career in the Beauty Industry. Our team of teachers 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. Learners usually add to their qualifications by gaining other ITEC awards in Theatrical Make-up or Nail Technology.

Programme of Study

Year One 

Diploma in Beauty Specialist incorporating: 

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

Diploma in Holistic Massage incorporating:  

  • Anatomy & Physiology 

QQI Certificate in: 

  • Word Processing 
  • Retail Selling

Year Two  

  • Diploma in Aromatherapy 
  • Certificate in Stone Therapy Massage 
  • Diploma in Indian Head Massage 
  • Work Experience 
  • Deep Tissue Massage 
  • Pregnancy Massage

Places in Therapy classes subject to availability

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate (minimum of five 06/H7’s or combination of five 06/ H7’s) or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied
  • 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...

"Since finishing my BIFE Beauty & Body Therapy Course and gaining the much sought after ITEC Diploma, I began working as a Spa Therapist in Druids Glen. I was also awarded Student of the Year 2019, which is a great honor. I’d like to express my gratitude to all the course tutors for making the course enjoyable and understandable. I really enjoyed my first year! The Beauty Therapy Course made me want to progress further with my studies. Currently I am studying Holistic & Well-Being Studies at BIFE and I am thoroughly enjoying this course too." - Anna McGuinness

"I have always had a passion for the Beauty Industry, as it is an area I wanted to study and work in. The course taught me lots about this ever changing and exciting area. I had the opportunity to study nail technology and nail art, which added to my list of Beauty Skills. My next goal is to hopefully open my own beauty salon in near future and to keep adding to my skills. I would recommend this course to anyone who has a passion for learning new and exciting skills that will last lifetime." - Nataliia Kravchenko

 "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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