Beauty Specialist – A comprehensive introduction to Skincare

Level: Practitioner QLS level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to practice as a Beauty Specialist – graduates of this course can also obtain professional liability insurance
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*
  • Become a Registered BSY Beauty Specialist
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Be eligible for full membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists
  • Be eligible to become a member of AHCP (Association of Complementary Practitioners)
  • Complete further studies via one of our bespoke beauty pathways and specialise in Beauty Therapy, Nails or Make Up

This course is available on our unique online platform with access to accompanying videos and interactive media to support your theory work. There is an essential 1 day of practical training for this course which you can book when you are ready along with 4 case studies.

Course overview

Our core Beauty course gives you comprehensive foundation knowledge and skills you need to begin your beauty care journey.

We may not be able to prevent nature’s impact on our appearance but we are in a position to reduce certain of its effects on our skin. In this course you will learn how a ‘facial’ can help with any specific problem and generally improve the overall condition, the anatomy of the skin, facial massage, mask formulation and application, brow and lash treatments and you will gain a comprehensive overview on the skin.

Case Studies

As part of your course you will be required to submit four case studies which will be assessed by your tutor. These will demonstrate your ability to put your studies into practice.


  • Unit One – Anatomy and Physiology
    • The Skeletal System
    • The Muscular System
    • The Circulatory System
    • Lymph
  • Unit Two – Anatomy and Features of the Skin
    • Functions
    • Composition
    • Summary of the Main Functions of the Skin
    • Facial Imperfections
    • Dermatology Terms
    • Skin Conditions
    • Skin Cancer
  • Unit Three – Skin Types and Preparations for Treatment
    • Consultation and Skin Analysis
    • Identifying Skin Type
    • Equipment and Materials needed for a Basic Treatment
    • Preparing the Area
  • Unit Four – Basic Treatments
    • Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising
    • Client Care
    • Types of Masks
    • Mask Formulations
    • Mask Application
  • Unit Five – The Formulation of Cosmetic Products/ Exfoliating the Skin
    • Products Used in Skincare
    • Product Ingredients and Cosmetic Terms Explained
    • The purpose of Exfoliation
    • Exfoliation Methods
  • Unit Six – Hygiene/ Home Care Advice
    • Disinfection and Sterilisation
    • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Different Methods
    • Salon Hygiene
    • Giving Advice about Home Care
    • Home Skin-Care Routines for Different Skin Types
  • Unit Seven – The Full Facial and Facial Steam Treatments
    • Procedure for a Full Facial
    • When to Use Steam Treatments
    • Precautions
    • Contraindications to Steaming
    • Comedone Extraction
  • Unit Eight – Facial Massage/ Brow and Lash Treatments
    • Benefits of Facial Massage
    • How to do a Facial Massage
    • Eyebrow Shaping
    • Eyelash Tinting
  • Unit Nine – Promoting your Business/ Treatments
    • Sales Techniques
    • Promoting Products and Services
  • Unit Ten – Becoming a Professional Skincare Practitioner
    • Personal Appearance and Hygiene
    • Professional Ethics
    • Complying With Industry Standards and Regulations

Practical training

1 day of Practical Training is essential for this course. For further information please call us on Freephone 0800 731 9271 or 01409 220 400. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

What’s next?

You can complete further studies via one of bespoke Beauty Pathways;

Beauty Therapy Pathway – specialise in skincare, waxing & other beauty treatments

Beauty and Nails Pathway – offer skin care services and a range of nail treatments

Beauty and Make Up Pathway – specialise in skincare, and make up application for everyday wear and special occasions

*Registration fee included.