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Beauty Therapy & Make-Up Artistry (Beauty Therapy)

The aim of this programme is to enable learners become CIDESCO certified beauty therapists and become employed and/or become self-employed beauticians/beauty therapists. There are three core and one elective therapy areas listed in the syllabus for this programme. Facial Therapy, Body Therapy and Electrolysis are mandatory therapy areas while learners can selected one of the following therapy areas as the elective from the syllabus.
• Nail Extensions
• Specialised Manicure/Pedicure
• Eye Treatments
• Electrolysis
• Anti-stress Massage
• Reflexology
• Nail Art
• Specialised Facial Treatments
• Cellulite Treatments
• Bust Treatments
• Hot Stone Massage
• Aromatherapy

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Employability Statement
The successful completion of the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma will enable applicants to source employment as a beauty therapist/beautician in a beauty salon or spa and/or become self-employed in the beauty sector.

Target Award

CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma – CID-BTD

Start Date: 27-08-2023Hours/week: 26 Hrs 00 Mins


Day Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Education Requirements
NFQ Level 5 in a relevant discipline when accessing a Level 6 programme.
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 6 courses for those whose first language is not English
Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway
Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners)
*Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Age Requirements
Minimum statutory school leaving age (16+)

Learning Aptitude
An interest in working in the beauty industry

Previous Experience

Module Award Body
CIDESCO – Anatomy and Physiology Beauty Therapy Diploma (CID-BTD) CIDESCO
CIDESCO – Beauty Essentials Beauty Therapy Diploma (CID-BTD) CIDESCO
Laser and Intense Pulsed Light Treatments – Level 4 Diploma Laser & Intense Pulsed Light Treatments (Y/505/0180) ITEC
ITEC – Microdermabrasion Treatments Microdermabrasion Treatments (M/617/4336) ITEC
On successful completion of this programme learners will be CIDESCO certified to source employment as a beauty therapist/beautician and/or become self-employed in the beauty sector.

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Waterford College of Further Education


Parnell Street, Waterford, X91 VKT9


  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Full Canteen

Contact Details

Course Contact:
Administration Office