Course code: 

Awarding Bodies

Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie – CIDESCO

Confederation of International Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology – CIBTAC

International Therapy Examination Council – ITEC

Further Education Training Awards Council – QQI

Course objective

This is a 1 year course with practical experience. It leads to an internationally recognised professional qualification. A pre- requisite for progression onto this course is dependent on attainment of CIBTAC and/or ITEC Beauty Specialist and Facial Electrical treatments and successful completion of an interview. Students will need to attend salons/spas for work experience throughout the course.

Course content

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Figure Analysis, Diet & Exercise
  • Body Electrical Treatments
  • Swedish Massage
  • Cosmetic Chemistry / Dermatology
  • IPL/ Laser
  • Reflexology
  • Work Experience

*Modules and Examining Bodies subject to change*

Career Opportunities 

  • Beauty Salons
  • Spa
  • Health Centres
  • Massage Therapist
  • Cruise Liner Therapist
  • Make Up Artist
  • Company Representative

Work experience

Students must obtain 10 days’ work experience in a vocational related area.

Entry requirements

Students should be of Leaving Certificate standard or Applied Leaving Certificate with distinction and interview. Portlaoise College welcomes applications from mature students. Mature students are assessed on their merits and may not require the above qualifications. A pre-requisite for progression onto this course is dependent on attainment of ITEC & CIBTAC Specialist and Facial Electricals and successful completion of interview.


Having successfully completed Year 2 students will receive the following awards: Diploma in Body Treatments – ITEC Award, Diploma in Reflexology – ITEC Award, Diploma in Body Therapy – CIBTAC Award.

Student Grants

Eligible Students may apply for a Further Higher Education Grant or in some cases Back to School Allowance.


Students may apply on-line from the 23rd January 2017. Facilities will be available in Portlaoise College Institute of Further Education for students to apply on-line on Thursday 9 March 2017 between 5pm and 7.00pm (Open Evening)


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For further details, please contact

Ms. Doireann Burke,
Course Co-ordinator,
Portlaoise College,
Mountrath Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Tel: (057) 8621480/8621456

Each PLC course is subject to availability. Laois & Offaly ETB reserves the right to cancel or discontinue courses.


I studied Beauty Therapy in Portlaoise College for two years and it was the best decision I have ever made. I learnt so much during my time there and I wouldn’t thank anybody except Jennifer and Doireann who are a credit to the college. With a great knowledge and a good ear for any problem, they run the course with the highest professionalism, a trait not often common in the college world. I would never regret my decision for a second. I would definitely recommend this course to anybody with an interest in the beauty industry.
Chloe Martin