Started in Sixth Form but unsure if it's the right choice? It's not too late to join us! Just pop in and see us on Wednesday afternoon or call us on 01235 216 400 and we can talk you through how we can help.

Gain skills in a beauty and business environment

Our busy salons are open to the public and provide services for real clients. This allows you to apply your learning in real-life scenarios and ensures that you are qualified with experience in your pocket.

Showcase your talents in competitions

On our Beauty Therapy and Makeup Artistry courses, there are opportunities to take part in exciting competitions at a national level, including World Skills UK, VTCT competitions and The Skills Show.

Discover your passion and go far.

Beauty Therapy

Many jobs in beauty therapy revolve around the relationship with the client, delivering the right treatments and making sure they leave feeling and looking great.

You will look after people who visit the salon and gain important business skills, along with developing a range of techniques in cosmetic makeup, lash and brow treatments, manicures and pedicures and many other areas.

Makeup Artistry

Our Level 3 Makeup Artistry course has been designed to teach specific practical skills that are in demand such as media makeup, airbrushing, prosthetics and face and body art.

However, career routes are not just restricted traditional job roles. New job opportunities include those in rehabilitation and palliative care, drag queen consultancy, and other career pathways you may not have thought about yet!

Staff Profile: Dan Earnshaw

Staff Profile: Dan Earnshaw

With theatre very much in his blood from a young age, Dan studied for a degree in Drama at Edge Hill University in Liverpool, where he was also one of the first cohort of students in the UK to study Drag Artistry under the guidance of Dr Mark Edward.

Alongside his studies Dan was Costume & Makeup Designer for the students' musical theatre society, and he also gained industry placement experience at Rose Theatre in Ormskirk.

Between originally joining the College as a Student Performance and now lecturing on the Level 3 VTCT Makeup Artistry course, Dan worked for a year as a freelance drag artist.

"What we can offer students on the Makeup Artistry course is a targeted ticket into the industry; you need to have the Level 3 course under your belt and once you do, this immediately opens up jobs.

Every area of makeup is covered and what we teach acts as a toolkit students need, whatever career path in this industry they go down.

My aim is to pass on my own experiences that I've gained over the years, through the different teaching and freelance roles I've had, to influence the students in a positive way."

Did you know?

Natalie

Previous school:
John Mason School


There's a lot to learn here, but your confidence grows as you move on from practising with colleagues to working on real clients.

I'm benefitting from the more relaxed atmosphere and that I have more time to focus on one subject. You're given independence and flexibility around deadlines, as there's understanding if you have challenges in your life.

My plan is to do the Level 2 Hairdressing course to give me more options when I go on to Level 3, whether it's another course or an apprenticeship.

Chloe

Previous school:
Fitzharrys School


My course and the College helped me find out exactly what I wanted to do as a career. Before studying Beauty, I had tried a few different courses and never found one which I enjoyed, but the College didn’t give up and supported me until I found something which felt right.

Because the course was so practical, and you work closely with other students, this really helped with my confidence and I’ve met people I would now consider my best friends.

After college I worked in a full-time makeup management job and I'm now going to university!

Sammy

Previous school:
Didcot Girls School


Sammy joined Utopia Beauty Salon, based in Abingdon, in June 2015 after qualifying from the Level 3 course at the College, and has now been promoted to Head Therapist and Salon Manager.

Having worked in another salon for the past year before joining Utopia, Sammy was looking for something more local and they couldn't wait to snap her up.

Sammy was awarded Student of the Year for Level 2 Beauty Therapy in 2014, as well as Student of the Year for Level 3 Beauty Therapy in 2015, and also took part in the Beauty Therapy WorldSkills UK competition in 2015.

Her quiet yet bubbly nature sees her fit in just perfectly with the rest of the team, and makes for a fantastic therapist.

Bobbie

Previous school:
King Alfred's Academy


While studying at Abingdon & Witney College, I enjoyed meeting people who had the same interests as me and the same passions as me, and I know I've made friends for life on my courses.

My tutors were lovely and did all they could to make sure I passed with flying colours; when I came across any problems or challenges, it was explained and shown to me in a way I would understand.

Since leaving college, I have started at Swindon College studying media makeup further and working towards my HND and eventually my BA.

I would like in the future to be a fully-qualified makeup artist, and one of my career dreams would be to see my name in the credits at the end of a Marvel movie!

Your future career

Aesthetic Skin Therapist

Beauty/Makeup Blogger

Makeup Artist

Massage/Spa Therapist

Salon Manager

Product Developer

Teacher

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry Course Listings

Hair and Beauty Sector, Level 1 Introductory Diploma

School Leaver HFAM106P

Are you a creative person? Considering a career in a salon environment and want to learn basic skills that you will be using in the Hair & beauty industry? Then this could be the perfect course for you....

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Hair and Beauty Sector, Level 1 Introductory Diploma

School Leaver HFWM106P

Are you a creative person? Considering a career in a salon environment and want to learn basic skills that you will be using in the Hair & beauty industry? Then this could be the perfect course for you....

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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Lash Extensions, VTCT L3 Award

Part Time HSAL103P

The VTCT Level 3 Award in Lash Extensions is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in; how to apply individual permanent lashes....

19th Apr 2023 - 24th May 2023

Wednesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up Level 3

School Leaver HFAM100P

This programme has been specifically designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and practical skills in order to work as a make-up artist. Your skills will be developed to an advanced level through a variety of techniques in the following unit...

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques

Part Time HPAM108P

The VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques (QCF) is a single unit award qualification about applying, maintaining and removing LED gel polish products to the nails....

8th Jun 2023 - 22nd Jun 2023

Thursday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques

Part Time HPAC358P

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed Beauty Specialist....

6th Sep 2022 - 27th Jun 2023

Tuesday

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Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Technology

Part Time HPAH111P

Are you a creative person? Do you have a passion for nails and nail design and enhancement? Would you like to train in an industry environment? If so, then this is the right course for you!...

3rd Nov 2022 - 18th May 2023

Thursday

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Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

School Leaver HFAC104P

This qualification in Beauty Therapy will enable you to build up the practical and theoretical skills required for the world of work....

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

School Leaver HFWC104P

This qualification in Beauty Therapy will enable you to build up the practical and theoretical skills required for the world of work....

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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VTCT NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage

Part Time HSAN105P

This advanced and exciting Level 3 qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to work as a top-level Beauty or Massage Therapist, either as an employee for a salon, spa or cruise liner or in a self-employed...

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

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Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage

School Leaver HFAC102P

This advanced and exciting Level 3 qualification provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills to work as a top-level Beauty or Massage Therapist, either as an employee for a salon, spa or cruise liner or in a self-employed...

5th Sep 2022 - 30th Jun 2023

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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