Beauty Therapy Level 5

FETAC/QQI Level 5 & ITEC Certificate

 

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. 

Award

Successful completion of this course will result in a FETAC/QQI Level 5 Certificate in Beauty Therapy, 5M3471.  In addition to FETAC modules students are prepared for the following Diplomas from ITEC:

  • ITEC Beauty Specialist
  • ITEC Body Treatments (Started at Level 5 and completed in Level 6 (Unit 15 Figure Diagnosis and Body Electrical Treatments)

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.

 

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. Entryis subject to interview.

 

Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology 5N0794
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis 5N3465
  • Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up5N3466
  • Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing 5N3467
  • Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice 5N3470
  • Retail Selling 5N1619
  • Communications 5N0690
  • Work Experience 5N1356

 

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  

Ciara

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.

 

Fees

Applicants are asked to pay €50 on submission of their Application Form.  Once you have applied you will be called for an interview within a few weeks.  FETAC examination fees cost €50, although Medical Card holders are exempt from paying this fee on production of a valid medical card.  ITEC fees will cost €224.  Books, uniform and essential class materials may also be required.  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.  There is also a €50 Student Services fee required on acceptance of the course.

 

DETAILED COURSE OUTLINE

 

Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up 5N3466

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 module enables the learner to acquire the knowledge, skills and competence required to prepare for and provide skin care, eye treatments and make-up. 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, eye treatments and make-up.

On completion of this module, the learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge in a skills demonstration or practical examination. This exam is two hours in duration and is designed to ensure that learners have acquired the necessary skills, knowledge and competence required for industry standards. This exam accounts for 70% of the overall module.

Learners will also complete a multiple choice question paper which accounts for 30% of the module.

 

Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing 5N3467

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

Assessment

On completion of this module, the learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge in a skills demonstration or practical examination. This exam is two hours in duration and is designed to ensure that learners have acquired the necessary skills, knowledge and competence required for industry standards. This exam accounts for 70% of the overall module.

Learners will also complete a multiple choice question paper which accounts for 30% of the module.

 

Body Massage and Figure Analysis 5N3465

Body massage is a treatment which may be provided on its own or after some other form of treatment. It is used as a treatment to maintain physical health and well-being as well as inducing relaxation. It has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more people are becoming aware of the need to counteract stress in their lives and help eliminate the resulting problems. In learning massage we use a holistic approach which not only means studying the physical aspects of the body but also the emotional and lifestyle factors which effect general well-being. As part of this module, the learner will also study body and tissue types, diet, nutrition and exercise. These aspects of the module are included to allow the learner to recognise problem areas in the body and to give correct aftercare and advise. The learner will also be given correct professional procedures and routines with the aim to practice and provide Body massage and body assessment.

Assessment

On completion of this module, the learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge in a skills demonstration or practical examination. This exam is two hours in duration and is designed to ensure that learners have acquired the necessary skills, knowledge and competence required for industry standards. This exam accounts for 70% of the overall module.

Learners will also complete a multiple choice question paper which accounts for 30% of the module.

 

Beauty Industry Ethics and Practice 5N3470

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 module, 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.

Assessment

On completion of this module, the learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge in a theory examination. This exam is one and a half hours in duration and is designed to ensure that learners have acquired the necessary knowledge and competence required for industry standards. This exam accounts for 70% of the overall module.

Learners will also complete an assignment which accounts for 30% of the module.

 

Retail Selling 5N1619

Selling retail products to clients is essential for business growth and should account for a large percentage of business turnover. To help in selling retail products, all student therapists will be familiarised with retail environment to include customer loyalty, merchandising, retail ethics, training and communications skills. Although this module is taught in a class environment, student therapists have the opportunity to put these skills into practice while at their chosen work experience which is essential for therapists in training.

Assessment

On completion of this module, the learners will need to demonstrate their knowledge in a skills demonstration or practical examination. This exam is designed to ensure that learners have acquired the necessary knowledge, skills and competence required for industry standards. This exam accounts for 60% of the overall module.

Learners will also complete an assignment which accounts for 40% of the module.

 

Communications 5N0690

Students studying Communications Level 5 will be able to do with the following:

  • Analysis of a range of current issues in communications and information technology.
  • Summarise in practical terms the elements of legislation that must be observed in a personal and/or work context, to include health, safety and welfare at work and communications-related legislation.
  • Use appropriate non-verbal and visual communication in personal- and work-related settings, to include one-to-one, in a group/team, and in formal and informal interaction.
  • Demonstrate verbal skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making a case and presenting a point of view in group discussion, formal meetings, interviews.
  • Demonstrate listening skills appropriate to working under general direction, to include making eye contact, receiving and interpreting information, control of personal response.
  • Research a relevant vocational topic, to include use of primary and secondary sources, acknowledgement of sources, use of enquiry techniques and methods to establish validity and reliability

Assessment Criteria: Collection of Work – 50%, Skills Demonstration – 50%

 

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%

 

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