Beauty and Body Therapy Course - Dublin

At BFEI located in Blackrock village, Co. Dublin we offer a one year, ITEC, CIDESCO accredited Beauty and Body Therapy Specialist course.

Do you see yourself working in a thriving and dynamic profession?  Are you interested in the latest beauty products, equipment, new practices and procedures? Perhaps you enjoy travelling and seeing the world?  Would you like to work within the luxury hotel and spa industry?  Could this be the course for you? 

At BFEI, we deliver internationally recognised qualifications in beauty and body therapy that will ensure you are educated to the highest industry standards so that you can take on this new and exciting career.  As well as providing you with the skills to set up a solid career in the Beauty Therapy Profession, ITEC and CIDESCO qualifications could be your passport  to travel and an exciting future.

How Far Do You Want To Go?? - Exciting New Development for BFEI Beauty Therapy Students!

BFEI is delighted to have secured Erasmus + funding which will enable second year beauty therapy students  to participate in an international work experience programme while studying at BFEI.  Under this initiative, students will receive full funding for flights, accommodation and for day to day living expenses. Participation in Erasmus + programmes provides a valuable opportunity for students to experience new cultures, acquire language skills and gain self-confidence while practicing their beauty therapy skills abroad.  In March 2018, 6 students successfully and enthusiastically completed a 3 week work experience placement in 4 and 5 star salons and spas in the Playa de las Americas region of Tenerife in Spain.     

Course Code BD1 (First Year), ABT(Second Year)
Duration 1 - 2 years, Full-time September to May
Number of Places 80
Contact Hours 28
Days per WK 5 Days

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and physiology of the head, face, neck and body
  • Skin, skin types, skin care, skin diseases and disorders
  • Nails, manicure and pedicure, nail diseases and disorders
  • Cosmetic science, hygiene, first aid, make-up, eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • Facial massage, depilation, bleaching, face masks, electrical treatments, heat and light treatments
  • Body massage, cellulite, exercise and figure correction, figure configuration
  • Electricity elements, face and body electrical treatments
  • Electrical epilation – permanent hair removal

Year 1 You will study for ITEC qualifications in the following: Beauty Specialist: • Skin and Eye Treatments • Make-Up • Manicure • Waxing Facial Electrics Body Treatments with Body Electrics Electrolysis
Year 2 You will study for CIDESCO Facial and Body Therapy including SPA Treatments and ITEC qualifications in the following: IPL/Laser Microdermabrasion Eyebrow Treatments and Eyelash Enhancements (tinting, shaping, semipermanent lashes, perming, cluster lashes and brow lamination).

Entry Requirements

  • ​You must have achieved 5 passes or 5 O6/ H7s or a combination of 5 O6/H7s or have achieved the LCA with a Merit profile, or have achieved a full relevant QQI Level 4 Award.
  • Mature applicants (aged 21 and over) and other applicants without the formal entry requirements will be assessed individually for suitability.

Application Process

There is high demand for places and early application is advised.  Apply on-line for free.

Places will be offered, on a first come basis, subject to the applicant meeting the entry requirements and subject to a place being available. 

Advanced Beauty Therapies

Prior Qualifications

  • Applicants should have successfully completed Beurty and Body Therapy Course or hold relevant Facial, Electrical and Body qualifications from CIBTAC, ITEC or equivalent. You may be eligible for exemptions from some subjects if you already have a recognised qualification.      

Other Requirements

  • Applicants may be required to undergo a suitability interview. Applicants must have reached the required standard in the ITEC examinations (year 1) and satisfy the Institute’s criteria on suitability. Short listing will apply, based on general ability, specific aptitude and demonstrable interests.

Assessment and Certification

  • This course is certified by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC).
  • ITEC apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Evidence of Treatments (case studies) are required for ITEC qualifications.
  • The completion and signing of disclaimers and consultation forms is required for ITEC certification.
  • Examinations take place in April and May.
  • Facial and Body Therapy including SPA Treatments is certified by Comite International D'esthétique et de Cosmetologie CIDESCO.
  • A thesis is required for CIDESCO certification.
  • These awarding bodies apply a rigid set of standards governing attendance, learning and examinations.
  • Graduates who achieve ITEC qualifications can become overseas members of ITEC.
  • Information Technology (Memento Salon Software) is certified by Phorest.

Career Opportunities

You will have a range of professional qualifications with up-to-date additional trainings and links within the industry which  will ensure that you are widely sought after within this profession.  You can pursue careers  in a range of areas including:

  • Beauty Salons
  • Laser/IPL Therapy Clinics
  • Health and Wellbeing/Leisure Centres
  • Cruise Liners
  • Mobile Therapist
  • Salon Owner
  • Complementary Therapist
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Franchising
  • Spa Industry
  • The Hotel Industry
  • Teaching/Training


Graduates who complete this course may apply to the following course in BFEI:

On successful completion of the first year course, students are encouraged to progress further by studying for the Advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma in year two.

As an alternative to entering the world of work when you finish the course, you could consider taking further courses at BFEI to enhance your chances of advancement in the industry such as:

  • Salon Management
  • Nail Technology
  • Holistic Therapies
  • Make-Up Artistry. 

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