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Specialist Beautician

Specialist Beautician

Practitioner level 4

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Specialist Beautician
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Specialist Beautician Practitioner
  • Be awarded the Level 4 ABC externally validated Certificate*
  • Be eligible for full membership of The Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists

(OCN Level 4 award also available with 24 national educational credits**)

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors. There are also an essential 3 sessions of practical training for this course.

As a Specialist Beautician you will be able to offer a wide range of popular beauty treatments. You can then use your expertise to build a practice helping clients with their daily beauty regime, specialising in a particular area of beauty, or focusing on beauty for different occasions. The desire to look attractive whatever one’s age is now seen as fundamental to the modern way of thinking and people are looking more and more to specialists to help them make the most of their appearance. By helping people to look good, you will also help them to feel good, giving you even greater rewards.


  • Specialist Beautician – Beauty Specialist – Lesson One
    • Anatomy and Physiology
      • The Skeletal System
      • The Muscular System
      • The Circulatory System
  • Lesson Two
    • The Skin
      •  Functions
      • Composition
      • Summary of the Functions of the Skin
      • External Influences
      • Dermatology Terms
      • Skin Conditions
  • Lesson Three
    • Skin Analysis, Consultation and Treatment Preparation
      • How to Carry Out a Consultation
      • Facial Imperfections
      • Equipment and Materials Required
      • Preparing the Area
  • Lesson Four
    • Skin Types, a Basic Skincare Routine and Client Care
      • Skin Types
      • Test for Skin Types
      • Cleansing, Toning and Moisturising
      • Client Care
  • Lesson Five
    • Hygiene Precautions/Homecare Advice
      • Sterilisation
      • Disinfection
      • General Hygiene
      • Homecare Advice
      • Skin-Care Routines
      • General
  • Lesson Six
    • Using a Facial Steamer and Other Facial Treatments
      • Benefits and Precautions
      • Procedure
      • Follow-on Treatments
      • More Facial Treatments
  • Lesson Seven
    • Cosmetic Chemistry and Products Used
      • Cleansers
      • Toners
      • Moisturisers
      • Night Creams
      • Masks
      • Glossary of Skin Care Product Ingredients and Cosmetic Terms
  • Lesson Eight
    • Massage of the Face and Neck/ Business Considerations/The Complete Facial
      • Massage
      • Business Considerations
      • Professional Ethics
      • Sales Techniques
      • Promoting Products and Services
      • The Complete Facial Treatment
  • Specialist Beautician – Manicure & Pedicure – Lesson One
    • Preparing to Give Treatments
      • Introduction
      • Products and Tools
      • Client Care
      • Consultation
      • Contraindications
      • Getting Started
      • The Table – Set up and Hygiene
  • Lesson Two
    • The Manicure
      • Purpose
      • Preparation
      • Treatment
  • Lesson Three
    • The Nail and Surrounding Structures
      • Growth and Composition
      • Compounds Required for Healthy Nail Condition
      • Nail Disorders
  • Lesson Four
    • Massage
      • General Principles of Massage
      • The Main Movements
      • Benefits
      • Contraindications
      • Massage Mediums
      • Hand and Arm Massage
      • Foot and Leg Massage
  • Lesson Five
    • Other Treatments and Homecare Advice
      • Paraffin Wax Treatment
      • Contraindications
      • French Manicure
      • Nail Art
      • Homecare Advice
  • Lesson Six
    • The Feet
      • Foot Problems and Conditions
      • Preparation for Pedicure
      • Step-by-Step Guide to Pedicure
  • Lesson Seven
    • Anatomy, Physiology and Histology
      • The Cell
      • The Blood Supply
      • The Skeletal System
      • Bones of the Hand
      • Bones of the Foot
      • The Muscular System
      • Muscles of the Hand
      • Muscles of the Forearm
  • Specialist Beautician – Beauty Therapy – Lesson One
    • Anatomy of the Hair and Skin/Client Reception and Professional Ethics
      • Types of Hair
      • Structure of the Hair
      • Stages of Growth
      • Structure of the Skin
      • Terminology
      • Client Reception/Preparation and Professional Ethics
  • Lesson Two
    • Methods of Hair Removal
      • Introduction
      • Methods
      • Types of Wax and their Uses
      • Preparation for Wax Depilation
      • Safe Application and Removal
      • Application of Wax on Individual Areas
      • Safety Precautions
  • Lesson Three
    • Special Points to Note when Waxing
      • Face Waxing
      • Waxing Problems
      • Hot Vs Warm Wax
      • Contra-Indications to Wax Depilation
      • Other Points to Note
  • Lesson Four
    • Preparing to Use Artificial Nails and Semi-permanent Nail Extensions
      • Introduction
      • Product Knowledge
      • Equipment
      • Preparing the Nails for Treatment
  • Lesson Five
    • Nail Application and Maintenance
      • Fibreglass Nails
      • Maintenance
      • Problem-Solving
      • Gel Nails
      • Refill and After-Care
  • Lesson Six
    • Make-Up
      • Demonstrations
      • Five Steps to a Perfect Skin
      • Day, Evening and Special Occasion Make-Up
      • Make-Up and Room Preparation
      • Treatment Procedure
      • Hygiene Precautions
      • Cleaning Tools and Equipment

3 days of Practical Training are essential for this course. Practical workshops can be held in various locations around the UK and are available for an additional fee of £75 per day. Your practical training is a valuable opportunity to learn directly from an experienced practical training tutor with specialist skills.

Enrol on this course from £70 £50

There are two ways you can enrol on this course. You can:

  • Pay with a deposit of £75 £55, followed by 18 monthly instalments of £40
  • or
  • Pay the total course fee of £795 £775 in one sum and also receive a special gift from our selection – free

To enrol by phone, please call our friendly course advisors on Freephone 0800 731 9271 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

*ABC registration is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies. Full details on request.

**OCN registration at enrolment is optional for an additional fee. Full details on request.

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