Programme Aim     

The purpose of this course is to enable the learner to acquire the knowledge and skill to work independently in providing beauty therapy treatments in a variety of contexts and or to progress to further and or higher education and training.

The CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma offered at North Connaught College of Further Education, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo is a two year programme that is offered on a full time basis and has been designed to be sufficiently flexible to enable the learner to take up a position on the Beauty Therapy Course. This highly regarded course ensures that graduates are among the elite of their profession. The course is compiled under two main qualifications; ITEC  Diploma & CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma. Students will study the ITEC Beauty Therapy Diploma for the first year, then move onto the ITEC Diploma in Laser & IPL, ITEC Certification in Microdermabrasion and/or Body Therapy Diploma for the second year. Students also complete the Level 6 CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Certificate in Aesthetics in the second year.

Students will gain vast practical experience in the areas of:


  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • Facial treatments skin care and massage
  • Waxing
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping
  • Electrical facial treatments
  • Make Up Application
  • Anatomy and Physiology.

Other areas of study include:

  • Customer Service
  • Professional Conduct & Business Awareness. 

Students will also participate in our commercial salon ‘RENEW’ once they have reached a certain level of competency with their practical skills and will provide treatments to paying clients with the supervision of our Tutors.

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Programme Progression 

Once learners have achieved ITEC  Beauty Specialist Diploma and Facial Electricals they can progress onto Year 2 CIDESCO Aesthetics Certificate, ITEC Body Therapy Diploma, ITEC  Diploma in IPL and Laser &  ITEC  Certificate in Microdermabrasion.

Many job options are possible with these qualifications:

  • Freelance Makeup artist
  • Salon/Spa Manager
  • Self-employed Beauty Therapist
  • Skin Care Specialist
  • Cruiser Liner Therapist
  • Medical/Clinical Aesthetician
  • Wax/Hair Removal Specialist
  • IPL and Laser clinic technician
  • Advanced skin care salons, Beauty Magazine Writer
  • Brand Trainer
  • Beauty Educator
  • Beauty company sales representative and many more.

Entry Requirements  

The minimum age for entry to this qualification is 17 years.

An interview with a CIDESCO lecturer will be undertaken prior to entry onto the course.

Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 4 when accessing this programme.

Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to exercise initiative and independence when carrying out course activities.

Course Content  

Title Awarding Body
Beauty Specialist Diploma-Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make-Up, Manicure, Pedicure and Waxing. ITEC
Anatomy and Physiology ITEC
Customer service QQI
Professional Conduct & Business Awareness. ITEC

Further Details    

Below is a more detailed description of each of the Components

Aesthetics – ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma inc. Manicure, Pedicure, Waxing with Facial Electrical Facial treatments

  • Manicure (regular painting techniques, French polish, hand massage and warm oil / paraffin wax nourishing treatments with heated mitts and boots)
  • Facial treatments and skin care
  • Pedicure (regular painting techniques, French polish, foot scrub and foot massage inc. specialized treatments)
  • Facial treatments and skincare
  • Deep cleansing including electrical brush cleansing
  • Comedone extractions
  • Mask Therapy
  • Facial massage
  • Steaming and extraction and mechanical brush cleansing
  • Waxing (hot wax and strip methods and sugaring)
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping
  • Professional make-up from day and evening, through to bridal looks
  • Electrical facial treatments (Micro-current – non-surgical lift, Vacuum Suction, Galvanic – deep cleansing and Facial Faradic E.M.S, Direct High Frequency and Viennese Massage.

Customer Service (QQI)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to provide effective customer service within a work, social or voluntary environment, operating independently while under general supervision.

Anatomy and Physiology –  ITEC/CIDESCO

The course syllabus includes:

Cells and tissues, Skeletal system, Muscular system, Vascular system, Lymphatic system, Digestive system, Respiratory system, Endocrine system, Neurological system, and Special Senses. This course is a pre-requisite to training in all additional modules.

Professional Conduct and Business Awareness  – ITEC

This certificate is a pre-requisite to training in all ITEC additional modules. It consists of the following modules:

  • Principles of ethical practice
  • Requirements for health, safety and hygiene
  • Communication
  • The principles of finance and costing
  • The principles of retail
  • The effective sales and marketing techniques.

ITEC is a leading international specialist examination board, providing quality qualifications in Beauty & Spa Therapy.

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The CIDESCO Diploma is the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty Therapy.