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Welcome to Part 2 of our Beauty Course Low Down! If you haven’t read Part One make sure to read that first so that you have an overall picture of each course before you make your decision. Click HERE to read Part One.

In this post we are going to look at the Part Time Beauty Course option.


The part time beauty course is the perfect way to get an insight into the beauty world as well as being qualified to get a job at the end of your course.

ITEC is one of the most well known qualifications in the beauty industry. Based in the UK, it has over 39 centres around the world. The ITEC Diploma is awarded to students who have passed the ITEC examinations, both theory and practical as well as providing their case studies prior to exams starting. The pass rate for ITEC is 60% (this is one of the differences on the CIDESCO course where the pass rate is 70%).

CIBTAC is another well known qualification and carries the same level of qualification as ITEC. Again based in the UK, CIBTAC has been training students since 1977. They have over 150 centres throughout 26 countries around the world, have over 55 qualifications to choose from and over 1500 graduates per year. The course work for both of these qualifications is very similar which is why The Galligan College encourage students to work towards both qualifications.

After graduating, your Diploma will help you get your foot in the door and get started with your beauty career. Unlike the CIDESCO qualification you will only cover the skincare and eye section. This also includes makeup, waxing and manicure/pedicure. There is one more section that some colleges don’t do and it is an important one – this is Facial Electricals. These days if a graduate does not have a facial electricals qualification it makes it very hard for a beauty salon to hire them. Why is that? Well if you don’t have the qualification to work with machines you won’t be able to do many of the most popular facials which is one of the biggest earners for beauty salons. As well as this, the facial electrical section gives you a Level 3 qualification which in turn allows you to go on and study in a number of other areas including Advanced Skincare, do a Fillers course among many others. Whatever course you look at make sure that they include the Facial Electricals section!

What Is Covered On The Course?

Anatomy and Physiology: 
Study of the cells tissues and the main systems as they affect the face, hand and arm and the leg and foot: muscular, vascular, skeletal, digestive, respiratory, lymphatic, excretory, nervous, endocrine and reproductive, as they relate to the work of the beauty therapist.
Detailed study of the skin and its appendages
Skin Analysis
Skin disorders
Contraindications to salon or home treatments
Disorders of the eyes and eyelid
Hair treatment:
Theory and application of hot and cold wax
Honey wax
Depilatory creams
Contraindications to superfluous hair treatments
Facial Massage: 
Excluding any type of medical treatment theory and effects of massage 
Contraindications to massageMasks: 
Theory of masks 
Choice and use of preparations
Specialised facial treatments
Eye Treatments:
Eyebrow shaping
Eyelash and eyebrow tinting
Contraindications to eyelash tintingManicure and Pedicure:
Structure of the nail 
Nail Care  
Nail diseases and disorders
Manicure and pedicure procedure
Contraindications to manicure and pedicure
Make Up:
The practice and art of make-up
Corrective make-up
Colour planning and harmoning in make-up
Fixing and shaping artificial eyelashes
Eye make-up in all forms 
Electrical Facial Treatments: 
Theory of all electrical treatments prior to practical application 
High Frequency
Vacuum Suction 
Micro current
Infra Red: radiant heat and ultra violet
Audio sonic




There are so many different reasons as to why someone will study part time. Here are some of the main reasons we see:

  • They have a passion for beauty but not sure if they want to work in the beauty industry full time. They may want to start off as a side hustle and see if it is for them. The part time course allows students to study one day a week while still working so the commitment is not as much as the full time course.
  • They may have other financial commitments that makes it hard to choose the full time course as this is more expensive than the part time course.
  • They may want to change careers but still need an income so the part time beauty is perfect for this. By the end of the course if they know for sure that a beauty career is right for them, they can leave their job and start their dream job!
  • A student may have a family with small children that makes it difficult to get them looked after (it’s not impossible though plenty of students do this and we help as much as possible!)

The part time beauty course is just another path to starting your career in beauty. It is still a very intense course that covers a lot of areas but it is that bit more manageable for those with other commitments.


Yes you will cover the following during the course as well:

  • Business Organisation
  • Cosmetic Science
  • First Aid
  • Consultation/Client Care
  • Ethics
  • Salon procedure
  • Management
  • Client record cards
  • Electricity
  • Hygiene/ Sterilization procedures
  • Grooming

What Qualifications do I Need to Do This Course?

None whatsoever! You will need to go through an interview process so that we can talk through the reality of the course (it’s not easy!) A love of beauty and a willingness and drive to work hard for 8 months is all we need to see.

What Steps Do I Need to Take to Getting On The Course?

First things first – give us a call or pop in for a very informal interview. These interviews generally take up to 60 minutes depending on how many questions you have. The course will be explained in more detail and then you have a tour of the college to see where you could be studying next term! When you have decided if you would like to join the course a deposit is required to secure your place and once this is done you are on the road to the career of your dreams.

What Will This Course Do For Me?

What could you do with your life if you really decided to? If you decide to do a part time beauty course it will change your life. If you have been thinking about doing a beauty course this is the one that will give you every opportunity you could ever wish for. ITEC & CIBTAC are a fantastic qualification to have and it is never ever wasted. You will have these skills for life and will be able to set up at any stage in life. As Anthony Robbins said ‘It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.’ So if you have been himming and hawing about doing a course – grab the bull by the horns and just do it. In a very short  8 months you will be looking for a job in the beauty and setting yourself up for a life of happiness!

What Next? 

To read more about the beauty courses click HERE

To make an appointment with the College email or call us on 01-6703933.


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