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.

Teaching you the industry-trending skills

Our Beauty courses are taught within the renowned Lee Stafford Hair & Beauty Academy framework, giving you the very best practical training out there.

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

Ear Piercing Workshop

Part Time HPAR103P

An informative and interactive course to provide you with the information and skills needed to offer your clients ear piercing....

1st Jul 2021 - 1st Jul 2021

Thursday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Fashion & Photographic Make-up, Level 3 Certificate

Part Time HSAN104P

Get to grips with fashion & photographic make-up techniques with this great course....

24th Sep 2020 - 27th May 2021

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Gel Nail Extensions or Enhancements

Part Time ZCKS703P

Learn how to carry out a full set of Gel nail extensions....

11th Jan 2021 - 8th Feb 2021

Monday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Gel Polish workshop - spring

Part Time ZCKS702P

Learn how to apply gel polish. This course is ideal for those interested in applying gel polish to their own nails, as well as for friends and family....

17th Apr 2021 - 17th Apr 2021

Saturday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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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....

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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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....

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Hair courses - Hair cutting - childrens hair

Part Time ZCWP005P

Style and cut your children's hair and save money....

7th Jun 2021 - 5th Jul 2021

Monday

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....

28th Apr 2021 - 9th Jun 2021

Wednesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Nail Art Workshop

Part Time ZCKS701P

Learn how to apply various nail art designs to the natural nail using a combination of different nail art techniques. This course is ideal for those interested in nail art, not only for their own nails, but also to carry out nail art for friends and ...

1st May 2021 - 1st May 2021

Saturday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Tanning Workshop

Part Time ZCWR705P

Learn how to apply and maintain a full body tan using a spray tanning machine. This course is ideal for those interested in fake tanning and especially for those who want to offer a tanning treatment to family and friends....

3rd Apr 2021 - 3rd Apr 2021

Saturday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Body Talk Hair And Beauty

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VTCT Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage) Level 3

Part Time HSAN105P

The VTCT Level 3 Certificate in Beauty Therapy Studies (Massage) is a technical level qualification that provides learners with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a massage therapist either as an employee or in a self-employed capacit...

7th Sep 2020 - 2nd Jul 2021

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....

10th Jun 2021 - 24th Jun 2021

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....

15th Sep 2020 - 29th Jun 2021

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

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!...

22nd Oct 2020 - 13th May 2021

Thursday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

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....

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

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....

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

School Leaver HFAC102P

This qualification is an advanced (Level 3) technical qualification, which has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and trade bodies to set the standard and content. It is designed to help you achieve competence in...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

School Leaver HFWC105P

This qualification is an advanced (Level 3) technical qualification, which has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and trade bodies to set the standard and content. It is designed to help you achieve competence in...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-up Studies

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. You skills will be devloped to an advanced level through a variety of techniques in the following units:...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

Monday to Friday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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