ITEC Beauty Therapy with Make Up

ITEC Beauty Therapy with Make Up including QQI Work Experience Level 5

Course Outline

Beauty Therapy is a thriving profession. There are continuing developments in beauty products, beauty therapy equipment, practices and procedures. Levels of education and training are being upgraded in parallel with changing professional therapists’ requirements.


Course Duration

This is a one year, full time course running from September to May. 


Students are prepared for the following Diplomas from ITEC:

  • ITEC Beauty Specialist
  • ITEC Advanced Make up Artistry (Started at Level 5 and completed in Level 6)
  • ITEC Facial Electrics

ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning, and examinations.

Graduates who achieve ITEC qualifications can become overseas members of ITEC.

Examinations take place in April and May.  Case studies are required for ITEC modules.

Successful completion of this course will also result in a QQI Level 5 Certificate component Certificate in Work Experience.

Entry Requirements

A Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent is required, although exceptions are given to mature students who are over 23 years of age. Entry is subject to interview.



  • ITEC Beauty Specialist
  • ITEC Advanced Make up Artistry (Started at Level 5 and completed in Level 6)
  • ITEC Facial Electrics

Careers and Further Progression

There is a huge demand for qualified therapists with the additional option of self-employment. Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Beauty Salons
  • Health Farms/Leisure Centres
  • Cruise Liners/In-Flight Therapist
  • Make-up Artist
  • Make-up and Skin Care Consultant
  • Mobile Therapist
  • Salon Owner
  • Complementary Therapist
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Franchising
  • Spa Industry
  • Teaching/Training

 Student Testimonial  


Having started this course in September I’ve already learned so much.  The course is intense, full and excellently tutored.  Joining a group of 16 girls I knew it was going to be a lot of fun in between the study and hands on practical aspects of the course and I was right.  The tutors are all friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable in their chosen subjects and all are willing to help out whenever we need it.


Once you have applied online you will be called for an interview within a few weeks.  Books, uniform and essential class materials may be required, you will be given an outline of these costs at your interview.  ITEC exam fees cost approx. €310.  QQI exam fees cost €20, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card.   A €200 Government levy will apply on acceptance of a place on PLC course, but medical card holders and those in receipt of a maintenance grant will be exempt from this fee.  There is also a €100 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.

Detailed Course Outline

ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma

Skin Care and Eye Treatments 

Good knowledge of the skin is vital for any beauty therapist. It is the foundation for all that we try to achieve in our treatments so for this reason, extensive study of the anatomy and physiology of the skin and all related pathologies is essential. This unit enables the students to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence required to prepare for and provide skin care and eye treatments. This encompasses learning about all aspects of facial treatments including anatomy and physiology of the head and neck, detailed skin analysis, skin pathologies, cosmetic science and health and safety. The learner will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide skincare and eye treatments.

Make Up

Make-up artistry is an ever expanding area of the beauty therapy industry and it is essential for every beauty therapist to gain an excellent foundation of knowledge in make-up artistry. This part of the course aims to prepare students for working in various professional make-up artistry environments. Along with studying in depth the make-up artistry theory, all beauty therapy students will participate in a wide variety of practical Make-up classes. Upon completion of this unit, the students will have gained competence in the application of Bridal, Evening, Occasion and day make-ups as well as many more creative make-up looks.

Manicure and Pedicure 

The nail industry is one of the largest growing areas in beauty therapy. Manicures and pedicures are the basic treatments being offered for natural nails and is often the first treatment a client will choose in a salon or spa. There is an array of further false nail techniques that can be added to the basic Manicure or pedicure such as nail art, gel nails, acrylics, nail piercing and gel polish. As with all treatments it is important to have a good knowledge of the anatomy and physiology first. In this unit, students will learn the structure of the nail and all of the anatomy of the hand and arm, leg and foot. They will also need a solid knowledge of all pathologies of the nail, cosmetic science and health and safety. Students will be trained in all of the correct practical procedures necessary to provide Manicure and Pedicure treatments.


Waxing is a hugely popular treatment in salons and spas worldwide. An excellent knowledge of the structure of the hair and follicle, the endocrine system, types of hair growth and waxing techniques are essential. This unit will provide the students with the essential tools and techniques necessary to provide excellent waxing treatments which can be built upon but is also a foundation for further advanced training. The students will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide all varieties of waxing treatment.

Business Awareness and Professional Practice

Beauty therapists are professionals and professional practice is an important aspect of the service you are providing, whether you are part of a large multinational company, a partner in a small business or a self-employed sole trader. Quality must be evident in all aspects of the business. Beauty therapists are expected to present a professional appearance and to provide high quality treatments. Through assignment work in this unit, the learners will discover all of the correct professional theory and practice necessary to manage a successful beauty business. This includes business awareness and professional practice.

Anatomy and Physiology 

 This Qualification combines the knowledge of Anatomy and Physiology for the Learner seeking employment or self-employment as a Complementary Therapist, Beauty Therapist or Sports and Fitness Instructor. This qualification provides Learners with a sound platform onto further learning or training in Complementary Therapies, Beauty Therapy and Sport and Fitness leading to occupational competency for employment in the Industry. An excellent knowledge in all of the bodily systems is essential for all therapeutic practices.

ITEC Diploma Facial Electrics

Facial Electrics

Facial electrical modalities have been used as part of professional skincare treatments for decades but with the advancement of technology electrical machines are now in common practice for most professional skincare treatments. There are various electrical machines on the market today and they are used alongside professional products to achieve to best possible results for skincare clients. All professional skincare brands now incorporate facial electrical machines as part of their basic facials. Over the duration of this course, students will be trained in the safe and professional use of these advanced technologies.

ITEC Diploma in Fashion Theatre and Media Make-Up and Special Effects

Specialised Makeup Effects 

In this topic, students will learn a wide variety of specialised make-up techniques which include Prosthetics creation, bald cap creation and wound and bruise creation. There are many different ways to create a specific effect for film, television or theatre work so students are trained in a variety of techniques suitable for all mediums. On completion of this unit, students will have gained training and experience in the creation of silicone, Gelatin and Latex prosthetics. They will also learn all of the skills required to create and apply bald caps. The students will complete the following effects which will be presented in their portfolio. Cuts, scars, puncture wounds, branding, burns, skin diseases/disorders, stitched wounds, bullet wounds or stab wounds and bruising. This module allows the learners to access their creative potential and have lots of fun in the process!

Period and Theatrical Make-up

This unit covers different Period make-up looks and different historical eras, from the middle ages through the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students will gain the knowledge and skills which allow them to choose the right look for specific periods and how to adapt fashion make-up to period styles. A sound knowledge of period hair and make-up is invaluable for various different areas of the industry especially period dramas and theatre. In this module students will build a vast resource file of reference pictures and recreate numerous period looks for their portfolio collection. The use and application of crepe hair for different styles of beards, moustaches and other facial hair is also included in this module.

Fashion and Media Make-Up 

Fashion and Media make-up is influenced by all aspects of fashion, such as trends within fashion, clothing, art movements, socioeconomic factors, politics, Film and popular culture.  Fashion and Media make-up moves in cycles and trends which takes you on a journey and is about completing an illusion. This module focuses on enabling the learner to understand the principles of make-up artistry and makeup design with regard to the fashion and media industries. Make-up artistry students here at Westport College of Further Education are trained in the correct use of the relevant make-up products, specialised products and tools required to apply make-up for a male, female or child actor and are also given the experience of applying various different styles.

QQI Component Certificate  

Work Experience 5N1356

Students studying Work Experience Level 5 will do the following:

  • Examine work organisations and personal career opportunities in a particular vocational area, to include consideration of work-related issues and needs.
  • Summarise the basic rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in a particular work, organisational or institutional context, to include health, safety and welfare at work, equality legislation, union representation and regulations relating to pay.
  • Present relevant work experience material, to include a Curriculum Vitae or personal statement, letter of application, evidence of job-finding skills, skills checklist, statement of learning goals, contractual arrangements.
  • Participate effectively in a work experience placement for a minimum of 60 hours to gain experience/insight into their chosen vocational area.

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 60%, Skills Demonstration – 40%


Westport College of Further Education reserves the right to limit the number of places available, make changes in any course or to withdraw the course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between Westport College of Further Education and the student, or a third party.