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

Acrylic Nail Extensions

Part Time ZCKS704P

Learn how to carry out a full set of Acrylic nail extensions.In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date....

2nd Nov 2021 - 30th Nov 2021

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Gel Nail Extensions or Enhancements

Part Time ZCKS703P

Learn how to carry out a full set of Gel nail extensions.In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date....

11th Jan 2022 - 8th Feb 2022

Tuesday

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.In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course sta...

29th Jan 2022 - 29th Jan 2022

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 - children's hair

Part Time ZCKT005P

Style and cut your children's hair and save money.In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date....

26th Apr 2022 - 24th May 2022

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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Hair courses - Hair cutting - children's hair

Part Time ZCWP005P

Style and cut your children's hair and save money.In order to avoid disappointment, it is advisable to enrol at least 2½ weeks prior to the course starting. We will confirm course information two weeks prior to the start date....

6th Jun 2022 - 4th Jul 2022

Monday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Witney Campus

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Introduction to Nail Care and Nail Treatments

Part Time ZCAR301P

This course is a fantastic introduction to nails and is ideal for anyone who has an interest in the natural nail and who wants to learn how to care for their nails as well as their family or friend’s nails. You will learn about the function and struc...

28th Sep 2021 - 12th Oct 2021

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Introduction to Nail Care and Nail Treatments

Part Time ZCKT702P

This course is a fantastic introduction to nails and is ideal for anyone who has an interest in the natural nail and who wants to learn how to care for their nails as well as their family or friend’s nails. You will learn about the function and struc...

5th Oct 2021 - 19th Oct 2021

Tuesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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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....

6th Apr 2022 - 25th May 2022

Wednesday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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Nail Art Workshop

Part Time ZCKT701P

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 ...

4th Jun 2022 - 4th Jun 2022

Saturday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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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 ...

2nd Oct 2021 - 2nd Oct 2021

Saturday

Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Kidlington Adult Learning

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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 Level 3 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 capacity....

6th Sep 2021 - 27th Jun 2022

Monday

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...

6th Sep 2021 - 1st Jul 2022

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....

9th Jun 2022 - 23rd Jun 2022

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....

7th Sep 2021 - 28th Jun 2022

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!...

1st Nov 2021 - 6th Jun 2022

Monday

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 Nail Technology

Part Time HSAT100P

This course will extend the knowledge previously gained during your Level 2 qualification. Develop and combine your technical and creative nail skills to enhance your own professional profile. This exciting course will require you to be involved in p...

16th Sep 2021 - 30th Jun 2022

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Beauty Therapy & Makeup Artistry

Abingdon Campus

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