Become a professional within the beauty and spa industry, through practical hands-on training supported by theoretical studies. Business management is embedded throughout the course, enabling you on completion to manage a full-service spa or salon.
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|Study Mode||Full time|
|Course Length||2 years|
£9,000 per year
£15,180 per year
|Autumn Term Dates||29 Sept - 12 Dec 2014|
|Spring Term Dates||12 Jan - 27 Mar 2015|
|Summer Term Dates||27 Apr - 26 Jun 2015|
|Application Deadline||15 January 2014|
Content and Structure
** Please note that this is the final year of recruitment to this course as it will be replaced by BSc Advanced Beauty Technology in 2015. The final first year of the FdSc will run in 2014-2015, the final second year will run in 2015-2016, and the final BSc Honours Top Up Year will run in 2016-2017. **
The FdSc Beauty and Spa Management course is one of a group of courses in the School of Management and Science that are designed to prepare students for a particular role in the fashion industry. This course provides you with an excellent grounding in the science, business and management subjects necessary to have a successful career as a practitioner in the beauty industry or in spa management, together with broader academic studies which allow you to see the context of your particular study in the wider perspectives of fashion, society and the environment. The beauty, medispa and spa industries are involved with the course on every level, from supplying brand products for students to use on clients, to visits to companies where new techniques are demonstrated to students, to setting projects and providing opportunities for work placements, and to providing employment to graduates from the course. High-achieving graduates from this course have the opportunity to do a third year of specialist studies to gain a BSc Honours degree.
FdSc Beauty and Spa Management is based at John Prince’s Street, Oxford Circus, in the heart of the West End. The area is one of the prime shopping centres in London, with the majority of London’s department stores, including Selfridges, Liberty, Fenwick and John Lewis, within a short walk of five minutes or less. The green spaces of Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are close, as is Soho, with its many bars, restaurants and clubs, and Berwick Street market. The Wallace Collection, the Royal Academy of Arts, and the West End art galleries are all within walking distance.
Year One Stage One Level 4 120 credits
Term One: Introduction to Study in Higher Education (20 credits); Beauty and Spa Therapies (20 credits);
Term Two: Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Beauty and Spa Treatments (20 credits);
Term Three: The Practices and Management of the Beauty and Spa Industries (WBL) (40 credits)
Year Two Stage Two Level 5 120 credits
Term One: Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits); Advanced Spa Therapies (20 credits);
Term Two: Professional Practice and Effective Management in the Beauty and Spa Industries (WBL) (40 credits);
Term Three: Cosmetic Products (20 credits); Complementary Therapy (20 credits);
Our excellent resources for educating our students are two-fold: people and premises. People includes everyone at the College who contributes directly in some way to your education, whether as a subject tutor, a technician, an Open Access officer, a librarian or a study support tutor. Premises include the buildings and the facilities contained in them, such as specialist machinery, design studios and workshops, lecture and seminar rooms, and the library.
The specialist facilities for Beauty and Spa Management include two fully equipped beauty salons and three science laboratories. Companies supplying brand products for face and body treatments that students use on clients include Decleor, Guinot, Dermlogica, Spa Find, the Skincare Sanctuary and Jessica. Professional training on the use of these products is given by the relevant company at LCF, and students gain accreditation certificates for specific treatments.
As the Course Leader for our FdSc Beauty and Spa Management, has worked for many years as a therapist in the beauty industry in well know salons and spas including, Regis Europe based in Selfridges, Essanelle based in Debenhams and Holmes Place, Notting Hill. In addition she obtained management experience in running a successful beauty salon based in Kensington as well as working as an educator/consultant for Training Solutions; this involved delivering one-day beauty courses around the country. She has been teaching for thirteen years working across Further and Higher Education levels. She completed a Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching In Art, Design and Communication (FE) in 2002 a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning (HE) in 2006 and commenced a PG Diploma in teaching and Learning (HE) in 2009 due for completion September 2010.
In 2005/06 she was granted a CLIP/CETL award to participate in an action research project to identify ways in which UAL could further support students, lead to the production of a DVD entitled "Bridging the Gap." The project researched into one Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) student's journey from the start of her beauty foundation degree onto the designated BSc and beyond. In October 2009 Yvonne was awarded a Centre for Learning and Teaching grant in conjunction with the Higher Education Academy to establish ways of encouraging and motivating BME students to aim higher.
Rosemary Randall - Associate Lecturer
Rosemary is a Chartered and State registered physiotherapist (MCSP SRP) and is also a member of the Acupuncturist Association of Chartered Physiotherapist (AACP). She has worked as a physiotherapist for over 35 years, initially with the Health Services and now in her own private practice for the past 20 years. She has also attended various courses in acupuncture and cognitive neuro physiotherapy and had a clinic at Circus Space for fours years where they teach circus skills.
Rosemary has had a long career with The London College of Fashion, having taught anatomy and physiology on the ND, HND and FdSc Beauty Therapy courses and BA (Hons) Active Sportswear and theatrical make up courses. She will also be delivering a new short Artscom course in anatomy for those requiring refreshers in the subject and has completed a City & Guilds course in silk painting which she has delivered in India. Rosemary has an interactive and supportive approach to her teaching and delivery to fully engage the students in a practical approach to learning and understanding anatomy.
Karen obtained her Higher National Diploma in Beauty Therapy at LCF in 1986 and has since worked in the Beauty Industry and Beauty Education. Her industry experience includes area management of Body Shop franchises, 11 Green Room Salons, an in- house company trainer for Perfector Face Lift and also working in beauty journalism.
Karen is currently developing short courses for LCF, as well as teaching on the FdSc Beauty and Spa Management course.
As a Lecturer in Beauty Therapy who obtained her Higher National Diploma in Beauty Therapy at the London College of Fashion, Karen has worked for companies such as Farmacia at Selfridges, L'Occitane as a consultant and The Refinery at Harrods. She has a City and Guilds Teaching and Learning certificate and a Level 5 Certificate in Education. She joined the London College of Fashion lecturing on the Spa and Business Management short course and now teaches on the FdSc Beauty and Spa Management course. She has over 10 years industry experience and has been quoted in newspapers and magasines such as The Independent, Vogue, Instyle, and ES Magasine as one of the "Hottest Face-makers in London". Karen feels that her role as a group tutor is vital to supporting and guiding students, not only academically, but also pastorally. She has recently completed an Indian Head Massage course to further her understanding of holistic treatments' and is currently studying at Roehampton University to gain her Masters in Education which will include modules that will help to support and guide students from initial induction through to their final dissertation. She also consults privately and is currently working with a corporation in India in the initial stage of creating a Spa.
Sue has worked for London College of Fashion for 19 years and is the Beauty Therapy receptionist and administrator. Sue enjoys this role as the job is very varied and there is a lot of contact with students. Sue is always on hand to answers queries and provide student support.
Dr. Glenis Wade
Google-ing Dr Glenis Wade produces over 3 pages of links to her lecturing and research about management at various UK universities. Her beauty business blog refers to what she notices in her management consulting and training practice. Dr Glenis owes this success to her successful career in the beauty and spa therapy worlds. She began as an international practitioner working in such places as the USA and Qatar. She became: the Regus Europe and Sterex blend trainer; Green Room manager and proprietor of her own Fleet Street practice. Glenis enjoys sharing academic and practical business insights when teaching on the FdSc Beauty and Spa Management course and writing for professional beauty publications.
Gloria has worked at LCF for 13 years, mainly running the laundry department for the Beauty and Spa Management course and the rest of the College. Gloria also assists with other duties such as stock control and checking the rooms constantly meet hygiene standards. Gloria is always on hand to help students.
Malcom is a retail consultant, specialising in fashion retailing, marketing and supply. After more than 20 years in the industry he is still involved in writing, public speaking, training and the development of fashion industry academic qualifications. Malcolm continues to specialise in the supply chain of the fashion industries, namely buying and merchandising, sourcing and logistics, and the computer systems that back these up. Malcolm has been teaching for the last three years and is currently teaching on the FdSc Beauty and Spa Management.
Caroline trained as a physiologist at Bristol University and spend the first ten years of her career working as a research scientist for the Royal Navy, specialising in respiratory physiology and thermally stressful environments. Following a career break to have children she had a change of direction and entered the education sector. She now has 17 years experience and has taught across the levels from further education to postgraduate and masters levels. She teaches on the FdSc Beauty Therapy and Health Studies and the BSc (Hons) Cosmetic Science. She holds a City & Guilds further and adult education teaching certificate, a PGDip and an MA in learning and teaching in higher education. Her research interests include factors influencing students' approaches to learning, the subject of her MA dissertation. She is currently researching ways of increasing student engagement with the academic literature.
As a first year group tutor Caroline is very involved in supporting the students through their first terms at the college. She has performed this role throughout her time at LCF so has experience at providing both academic and pastoral support in the variety of different situations that students may find themselves in.
Zoe graduated from London College of Fashion with a BA (Hons) in Make up for the Performing Arts and went on to work in film, theatre and fashion as a freelance make up artist. She began her training in media make up and cosmetic make up with beauty therapy before moving to London to gain her degree. She currently works in the School of Science and Management as a full time Beauty Therapy Technician, on hand to support students and staff during lessons, Open Access and assessments. Her skills and experience are quite varied, from electrical body and facial treatments including Guinot and Ionithermie to specialising in different make up techniques, such as corrective and camouflage to evening and bridal. She is continually developing her skills by training in professional beauty treatments and taking part in a teacher training course for technicians, with a long term goal of achieving a PGCE to become a lecturer at London College of Fashion.
Maria grew up in Poland and was educated in Germany, receiving her PhD in biochemistry from the University of Hamburg. Following her passion in making cosmetic products she worked for over 20 years as a product development and technical manager for Unilever in Germany and the UK. She co-created many products from the Unilever personal care brands including Timotei, Sunsilk, Vaseline, Ponds, Lynx and Dove. In 2010 Maria retired from Unilever and decided to become a teacher. Consequently she took on the role as Course Leader at LCF in September 2010 which combines both her passions. She also teaches the principles of Cosmetic Science in the second year of the FdSc BSM. Maria recognises that teaching is about helping students to learn and took on a PG Certification course to improve her skills as a teacher.
Developing your skills
All our undergraduate courses are concerned with the development of your personal and professional skills. On your course you will evolve from learning basic skills in your discipline through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution to the relevant sector of the fashion industry. Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills are embedded in all units on every course. Speaker programmes with contributions from alumni, members of industry and others are a part of many courses, as are work placement opportunities in industry. Where relevant, students have the chance to attend trade fairs, enter industry competitions, visit exhibitions and go on field trips and visits. The central position of our John Prince’s Street site in the West End affords students easy access to all sectors of the fashion retail market. In addition, our position as a constituent College in the University of the Arts London means that our students have access to the wide range of activities and events that occur in all the Colleges and at the University’s centre. Last but not least, being in London gives every student opportunities to explore and be inspired by the cultural, intellectual and social life of one of the great capital cities of the world.
Future Careers and Graduate Prospects
High-achieving graduates from this course have the opportunity to do a third year of specialist studies to gain a BSc Honours degree.
Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Our students have the opportunity while on course to attend the recruitment sessions run by Steiner, Espa and Clarins, and this has frequently led to employment after graduation. The work placements in the industry that are undertaken by students in both years of the course continue to provide future employment. Companies providing work placement opportunities include Elemis Day Spa, Champneys, Benefit Boutique, Scin Day Spa, The Rejuvenation Clinic and Medispa, Groom and the Decleor Training Academy.
A number of our graduates have gone into self-employment as beauty therapists and now own their own salons. Others have gained employment with Steiner Luxury Cruise Liners, Elemis Day Spa, Eve Lom, Renew Medica, Space NK, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Mayfair Illuminata Spa and many others.
LCF Careers provides a comprehensive career management service supporting our students to become informed and self-reliant individuals able to plan and manage their own careers.
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Opportunities for All
We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.
Course Entry Requirements
Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.
One ‘A’ level pass at grade C or above (80 UCAS tariff points required) PLUS four GCSE passes in other subjects at grade C or above
BTEC National Diploma in a beauty/spa related subject PLUS four GCSE passes in other subjects at grade C or above
NVQ level 3 in a related subject PLUS four GCSE passes in other subjects at grade C or above
Access course in a relevant subject PLUS four GCSE passes in other subjects at grade C or above
OR equivalent awards
Preferred subjects include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies and English.
This course requires a minimum 80 UCAS tariff points.
Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.
If the application indicates suitability for the course, applicants will be invited for interview.
English Language Requirements
All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol.
The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 4.5 in any one skill.
Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.
Student Selection Criteria
What We Look For
The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:
- An identifiable interest in the beauty therapy and health industry
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills
- An approach suited to the demands of the course and study of a scientific subject
Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: knowledge about the course; strong interest in working in the beauty therapy and spa industry; an idea of what they can bring to the course; interpersonal skills suitable for working in the industry; and a motivation to succeed on the course.
How to Apply
Home EU Applicants
You can apply online through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.
You will need the University code, the UCAS code for this course, and the deadline date for your application. You will find these on the Facts tab.
Contact us on:
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7973 / 7582 / 7344
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
For advice about how to apply as an international applicant please visit the UAL International Application Advice page.
The International Recruitment Office at London College of Fashion will help to guide you through the application process and answer any specific questions that you may have regarding our courses. This may include portfolio advice, the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information. Please contact us for further information on this facility. We can also arrange a tour of our facilities if we are given prior notice.
Our contact details are:
International Recruitment Office, London College of Fashion, 20 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0BJ
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7656 / 7678 / 7629
Or you can use the UAL Course Enquiry Form
Deferred Entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.
What Happens Next?
All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed on the Entry Requirements tab, under What We Look For.
Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to an interview with the course team. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed an interview.
Please note that if you are unable to attend the College may not be able to re-schedule.
If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.
Showing your Work
All final year students are given the opportunity to profile their work online via Showtime. London College of Fashion can make no guarantee that your work (either in sum or in part) will be shown, exhibited or profiled in any way as part of your course. All student work appearing in College organised events, catwalk shows, exhibitions and other forms of showcase, is selected by a panel of senior staff and, in some instances, external industry judges.
Some courses charge a fee for the bulk purchase of materials and/or equipment used on the course. Further details will be supplied at Open Days and/or Interview.
In the first term you will study two units.
Introduction to Study in Higher Education gives you an understanding of your personal and professional development at university, with three core purposes: to introduce you to the necessary learning skills for undergraduate study; to show you where you are situated within the College and the University; and to help you understand what you will learn on your course and how you will develop your skills.
Beauty and Spa Therapies introduces you to the beauty and spa industries and allows you to develop the hands on practical and communication skills that you will need as a professional. You will learn about the science underpinning the therapies used, and will particularly study the skin as knowledge and understanding of this aspect of human biology is fundamental to beauty and spa therapies.
In the second term you will study two units.
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces you to key concepts and ways of thinking about beauty and its context in society and culture. You will attend lectures, seminars and workshops, and do a significant amount of reading of academic texts in order to complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Completion of this unit will allow you to make an informed choice of subject for study in the second year Cultural and Historical Studies unit.
Beauty and Spa Treatments develops your understanding and knowledge of the variety of beauty and spa treatments available. You will learn the importance of tailoring the treatment to the needs of the individual client, based on the appropriate scientific principles. You will develop your consultation techniques and communication skills through your professional practice.
In the third term The Practices and Management of the Beauty and Spa Industries unit will be undertaken. This gives you the opportunity to explore the relationships between the scientific, managerial and practical aspects of your learning. You will look at the professional treatment packages offered in the beauty and spa industries and the science behind these treatments. You will undertake case study observation and client consultation to further develop your awareness of how to select effective treatments that are suitable for the individual client. You will have the opportunity to do a work placement, which will allow you to see first hand how the industry operates, and you will look at a range of different management structures. In your report you will be able to analyse how the various elements, such as retail and human resources management, integrate into a successful overall business environment.
In the first term you will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment.
Also in the first term, the Advanced Spa Therapies unit gives you the opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge of all aspects of the spa industry, both in the UK and globally. You will look at the physiological principles underlying growth and ageing in the human body, and consider relevant spa treatments to enhance well-being. You will gain practical experience of the application of a number of spa treatments.
In the second term the Professional Practice and Effective Management in the Beauty and Spa Industries unit gives you an integrated experience of the two strands running through the course. You will gain more experience in selecting advanced treatments, and you will analyse the role of physical activity in optimum health. Through developing your understanding of the relationship between physical activity, fitness and health, you will be able to make judgements on the use of exercise as a means to health and well-being. Alongside this you will explore the fundamental issues and criteria necessary to run a successful beauty or spa business. You will prepare a business and operational plan, incorporating all the components necessary for the setting up and effective management of the business. In this unit you will also have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills through a work placement in industry. You will be able to look at your placement company from a number of different angles, including internal organisation, profit generation and the management of globalisation and sustainability.
In the third term you will undertake two units.
Cosmetic Products introduces you to cosmetic science and the processes involved in the formulation, manufacture and evaluation of decorative cosmetic, skincare and toiletry products. You will be supported in developing the basic skills needed to analyse the formulation, produce it in laboratory conditions and assess its main characteristics. You will learn about risk assessments and safe laboratory procedures.
The Complementary Therapy unit gives you the opportunity to develop your research skills through analysing the use of essential oils and their importance within the beauty therapy, health and spa industry. You will develop your theoretical knowledge of different treatment techniques and use your practical skills to deliver appropriate, safe and effective treatments. The physiological effects and long term consequences of obesity and other nutritional disorders will be explored, and the various approaches to treatment will be considered.
"It is a pleasure to work with London College of Fashion. We are proud to support such a professional institution by providing training sessions both theory-wise and practically on the Hydradermie & Hydradermie Lift, we also offer top-up sessions where we impart our knowledge pertaining to a particular subject area for the student. This benefits us here at Guinot as it creates brand awareness and also demonstrates to the students our efficiency and effectiveness as a brand, due to the immediate results they witness from providing the before mentioned treatments. The students benefit as they’re certified in certain elements of Guinot training, which potentially could lead them into a job vacancy."
Stephanie Gilchrist, Training Development Manager (UK & Ireland), Guinot
"Having worked closely with Yvonne Mills and her team for the past 10 years I have always been very impressed at the high calibre and knowledge of both the lecturers and the students who I have spent time with. It is easy to recognise the high standards of education that are delivered and this is clearly evident when working with the students in both their academic capabilities as well as their positive approach to their work. It has always been a pleasure to have an association with the college.
Ionithermie is one of the No.1 preferred slimming and firming treatments both in the U.K and on board cruise liners. As a company, we provide a theoretical introduction and demonstration of the treatment which is then followed up with further training by the lecturers during the term. We then provide a practical and written assessment to be able to certify the students before completion of their course. We also offer retail skills workshops which have been designed to provide greater understanding of the importance of retailing plus increase students confidence upon entering the their first job.
In terms of learning other treatments, I think this really benefits the students by giving them more qualifications to be able to utilise in the workplace. The retail skills training provides an insight into what becomes a crucial part of any job role within the beauty industry and can help them to increase their revenue on a long term basis."
Lucy Vose, Salon Privé
"I find all of the staff at London College of Fashion extremely friendly, organised and professional. This establishment is a pleasure to work with. Eve Taylor (London) Ltd creates real life industry treatments for the students to practice before returning to assess their skills and understanding of the treatment. This is mutually beneficial to us and the students as they are exposed to another professional skin care range rather than only working with one line, giving them greater experience that will serve as a positive when searching for work. We benefit by putting our excellent products in the hands of the future professional beauty therapists and gain more credibility through association with London College of Fashion."
Gaynor Farmer, Senior Instructor (worldwide), Eve Taylor
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