Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

Beauty Therapy ITEC and QQI 5M3471

This challenging course leads to an internationally recognised qualification in beauty therapy that will ensure you are educated to the highest industry standards so that you can take on this new and exciting career as well as providing you with the skills to set up a solid career in the Beauty Therapy. GTI prides itself on the success of POISE, its in-house beauty salon which is organised and managed by the students and teachers on this programme. It will set you up to work in a thriving and dynamic profession.

This course is designed to
  • Provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills required for a career in the beauty industry.
  • Students will be trained in a realistic / industry based work environment in the college's own salon 'Poise'. They will experience the regular operation of a salon, establishing professional contact with costumers and potential employers.

  • Students complete professional certified training with Dermalogica Skincare, B Perfect Make-up and Lycon Waxing

  • This course caters for school leavers and mature learners. It is an intense one year programme which requires a high level of commitment and enthusiasm.

Entry Requirements
  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent - preference will be given to students who have Biology / Science based subject at Leaving Certificate / Equivalent Level.

  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Reference required in relation to attendance from work / school

  • Skincare, Eye Treatments & Make-up 5N3466
  • Work Experience 5N1356
  • Retail Selling 5N1619
  • Anatomy & Physiology 5N0749
  • Manicure, Pedicure & Waxing 5N3467
  • Body Massage & Figure Analysis 5N3465
  • Beauty Industry Ethics & Practice 5N3470
  • Customer Service 5N0972

Learners may also have the opportunity to study Maths as an extra module. Learners may also have the opportunity to take additional courses through GTI Adult and Part-Time Education in the following: * Spray Tan * Nail Extensions * Brow Course * Lash Extension Course * Make Up Artistry

Additional Fees Apply

How the course is taught

GTI has developed a style of teaching to meet the needs of a diverse community of learners.

  • We make extensive use of advanced multimedia and internet based technologies to bring subject matter to life and to ensure effective learning.

  • Whenever possible, we use a Learn-by-Doing approach to making the learning experience more realistic and enjoyable.

  • We provide learning supports that are tailored to the needs of individual learners.

  • ITEC Beauty Specialist Diploma
  • QQI Level 5 Beauty Therapy 5M3471
Progression to Higher Education
  • Students who successfully complete this course may gain entry to Third Level Institutes and Colleges through the Higher Education Links Scheme.

  • Successful completion of this Level 5 Award may allow learners to progress to the Diploma in Beauty and Body Specialist at GTI

  • Certification in CIDESCO / ITEC

  • The most up-to-date information on Higher Education Links is located at the CAO website.

  • Click here for details of CAO Requirements Lookup.


Student Contribution: €175

Uniform: €80 Student Starter Kit: €250 Total: €505


This is a full-time one year course and runs from September to May.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.

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Please Note

GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Optional Modules and Training Courses
  • Spray Tan
  • Nail Extensions
  • Brow and Lash Extension course
  • Make Up Artistry
Student Testimonial: Helen Geraghty

GTI offers courses that help students prepare for the real working world as many of the courses require students to complete a work experience module. This helps students to gain hands on experience. It is a friendly college where the teachers help students as much as possible with the work on the course.

The Beauty Therapy course requires students to do work experience in GTI's Poise Salon and also out house work experience in a salon or spa. This really helped me with improving my confidence with clients and to practice the treatments for the practical exams. The small class groups helped me to get to know my class mates and it gives the teachers a chance to help everyone. There are a lot of practical classes in the course which made it a lot more interesting for me. The course also includes Anatomy and Physiology and Business Studies modules.

The college advises on the many career choices after the Beauty Therapy course such as cruise ships,salons, spas. The course prepares you for any of these options.