Beauty & Spa Therapist (iTEC)

Experience the buzz of working in the innovative and exciting beauty industry. Qualify as a QQI and ITEC internationally recognised professional in facials, eye treatments, body treatments, manicure/pedicure, waxing, make up, body and facial electrics, body massage and more, using professional products and equipment.

Train in a highly motivated environment, with a committed and dedicated team in an intensive programme designed to deliver the highest standards expected by the beauty industry. Successful learners are qualified in the exciting and glamorous world of the beauty industry and open a world of career opportunities.

If you’re looking for the first step in beauty therapy, you’ve found it.

AwardiTEC Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Specialists
iTEC Level 3 Award in Body Massage
iTEC Level 3 Diploma in Facial Electrical Treatments
iTEC Level 3 Diploma in Anatomy & Physiology
iTEC Level 3 Certificate in Spa Treatments
iTEC Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (Covid-19) for Beauty Therapy and Nail Services
FormatFull-time. September 2021 to May 2022.
LocationOnsite at Mallow Campus (online contingency in case of COVID regulations).
TimetableHours between Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 15:30.
RequirementsNo CAO required (Leaving Cert./LCA/equivalent for under 23s). Application review discussion.
StartingOrientation and classes starting the week of Monday the 20th of September 2021.
Fees€915 (SUSI/BTEA €715, Medical Card €715, VTOS €465).
ApplicationsApplications open. Places available. No deposit required to start your application.

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Career Prospects

  • Beauty salons. +
  • Cruise liners. +
  • Department-store beauty counter. +
  • Health spas. +
  • Hotel leisure centres. +
  • Pharmacies. +
  • Retail sales/sales representative. +
  • Training and sales. +
  • Tutoring. +

Course Contents

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749) Level 5 QQI.
    • Understand the structure and function of the human body and the interrelationship between its systems.
  • Body Electrics (5N3469) Level 5 QQI.
  • Body Massage and Figure Analysis (5N3465) Level 5 QQI.
    • Prepare for and carry out a full body massage, understand how to carry out an effective figure analysis treatment and recognise the interrelationship between body massage and figure analysis treatments, give appropriate aftercare advice to include advice on nutrition, exercises and suitable stretches.
  • Business Administration Skills (5N1610) Level 5 QQI.
    • The administration requirements of a range of organisations to enable the learner to operate effectively under supervision in a variety of administration contexts.
  • Facial Electrics (5N3468) Level 5 QQI.
  • Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing (5N3467) Level 5 QQI.
    • Provide beauty therapy treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the beauty therapy industry. Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment.
  • Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up (5N3466) Level 5 QQI.
    • Provide beauty therapy treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the beauty therapy industry. Opportunities for learners to develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance in employment.
  • Communications (5N0690) Level 5 QQI.
    • Communicate verbally and non-verbally in standard everyday tasks and in work-related tasks, operating independently while under general direction.
  • Work Experience (5N1356) Level 5 QQI.
    • Participate in the workplace for a limited time, carrying out work-related tasks independently while under general direction. Prepare yourself for industry, prepare your CV (and online LinkedIn profile), practice interview skills, and gain invaluable experience on your own work placement.
  • Extra: Professional Guest Lecturers.
    • From Dermalogica, Steiner, Hennessys Hair & Beauty/Training, Inglot Make-Up.
  • Extra: Specialist Training Workshops.
    • Workshops conducted in a friendly, professional environment with an expert educator, to give learners the knowledge, understanding and skills they need for new business opportunities.
  • Optional: Inglot Make Up Level 0.
    • Train with a personalised Inglot cosmetics training kit and to receive addtional training with Inglot make up artists.
  • Optional: Lycon Advanced Waxing.
    • This training course will provide learners with all of the skills necessary to perform a fast, efficient and thorough treatment.
  • Optional: Occasion Hair Level 0.
  • Optional: OPI GelColor.
    • An excellent gel system that allows trained manicurists to offer a complete colour, which will give clients weeks of glossy OPI colour.
  • Optional: Spray Tanning.
    • The most sought after beauty treatment currently. Training conducted in a professional environment with an expert educator.

Courses are continually developed – content and specific award components are subject to change. See disclaimer.


One year. Full-time. Class timetables to follow in September, and subject to change. See calendar for term holidays.


30 full-time day students will travel, fully-funded, with Erasmus+ to another European country for 2 weeks. Find out more and apply.

Entry Requirements

  • CAO points not required.
  • All applicants will be required to attend an application review discussion. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the minimum entry requirements set out here, and satisfactory presentation at interview.
  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent. For mature applicants appropriate experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications.


Work Experience

Work experience is an integral part of this course. Each student is responsible for securing their own work placement. Dates and duration will be specified by the College.


Graduates can progress to third level programmes in Institutes of Technology across Ireland including degrees in Spa & Wellness Management at AIT, Health & Leisure with Massage at ITT, and Health Promotion at WIT. See for further information.

A full QQI award achieves a maximum of 390 points for CAO.


  • Full Fees (EU/EEA Citizens): €915
  • Medical Card Holders: €715
  • Student Grant Recipients (SUSI): €715
    • €100 Deposit + €150 Registration + €465 ITEC Exam Fees.
    • Additional means-tested student grants are available from
  • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA): €715
  • Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS): €465
    • €100 Deposit (refundable) + €465 ITEC Exam Fees.
    • Retain Social Welfare benefits. Additional weekly allowances for meals, travel and childcare are also available.

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