Beauty and Body Therapy  


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 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.     

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

Companies who have hired BFEI graduates include:

  • Monart Spa, Wexford
  • Oceana Spa Portmarnock
  • Anna Schu, Stillorgan
  • Inglot Cosmetics, Dundrum

Course Structure

Blackrock Further Education Institute provides education and training for the following exam bodies:- the International Therapy Examining Council (ITEC) and the Comite Internationale D'esthetique et de Cosmetologie (CIDESCO) qualifications, which are the world's foremost international qualifications. This course caters for school leavers, graduates and mature students. It is intensive and requires a high level of ability, enthusiasm and commitment.

Core Elements
  • Year 1:
  • Students are prepared for the following ITEC qualifications:
  • Beauty Specialist - Skin and Eye Treatments, Make-Up, Manicure, Waxing
  • Facial Electrics
  • Body Treatments with Body Electrics
  • Electrolysis
  • Course content includes:
  • 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 2:
  • IPL/Laser
  • Microdermabrasion
  • Body Treatments
  • Eyebrow Treatments and Eyelash Enhancements (tinting, shaping, semi-permanent lashes, perming, cluster lashes and brow lamination)
  • Body Electrics
  • CIDESCO Facial and Body Therapy including SPA Treatments
  • Comite Internationale D'esthetique et de Cosmetologie (CIDESCO) is based in Zurich and the qualification is recognised throughout the world.
  • Course Code

  • BD1 (first year) BD2 (second year)
  • Duration

  • 1-2 years – full time September to May
  • Number of places

  • 80 (first year) 40 (second year)
  • Number of contact hours per week

  • 25
  • Timetable contact

  • 5 days

I graduated from the Beauty and Body Therapy course in BFEI in May 2015.  In the two years I was a student there, I not only learned the skills to work in the world of beauty but I also made lifelong friends.  BFEI and particularly the Beauty and Body Therapy course allowed me to discover a new found confidence and grow as a student and an individual.  This was mainly due to the excellent teaching and continuous encouragement from the teaching staff.  I qualified in various areas including Facials, Body Massage, Waxing, Electrolysis, Laser treatments, Make-Up and Indian Head.  I am qualified in both CIDESCO and ITEC. These qualifications have given me an opportunity  to work in a Beauty Salon, while the knowledge I gained in skin and body care has allowed me  to work in a Pharmacy as a Cosmetic Consultant.

- Sinead Quinn, Beauty Therapy Graduate, 2015 -

Support Elements
  • Industry Training Courses
  • Salon Management (Memento) & Business Studies
  • Study Skills
  • Career Advice and CV Preparation
  • Industry talks, trainings and demonstrations
  • Work with clients in live 'pop-up' salons
  • Workshops such as Crystal Toes, Tanning Training, Nail Art, Advanced Waxing, and Threading
  • Salon Management Software (Momento).
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.


Education/ 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: Holistic Therapies, Sports Injuries & Soft Tissue Massage Therapy, Theatrical, Media & Fashion Make-Up Artistry or Nail Technology.


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Entry Requirements

Year 1

Leaving Certificate

​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

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. 

Year 2
  • Prior Qualifications

Applicants should hold relevant Facial, Electrical and Body qualifications.

  • 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.


  • At course commencement, students are required to pay for books, exams, €200 PLC Government Levy (unless exempt), a Student Services Fee and where applicable professional body registration fees.  There are no tuition fees for EU students.
  • Students will be required to purchase certain items including a uniform and product kits.

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