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Higher Certificate in Business Studies with Beauty & Spa Services

Course Code: LC395




2 Years


Sport, Leisure & Tourism

CAO Points


Course Type

Direct Entry



The Higher Cert in Business Studies with Beauty and Spa Services will appeal to students who wish to pursue a management career in the beauty and spa industry. 

This programme aims to equip graduates with professional practical skills and theoretical knowledge relevant to the beauty and spa services sector. It also emphasises the importance of business acumen to manage within the sector, as well as excellence in technical skills across a range of spa and beauty treatments and therapies. To achieve this, this programme fosters in the student specific beauty and spa technical skills, in addition to applied business competencies to prepare them to contribute effectively in the wider world of beauty and spa. 

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have 5 O6/H7 grades or higher at Ordinary Level in 5 Leaving Certificate subjects. Two of these subjects must include *Mathematics and a Language (English or Irish). Foundation Level Maths at Grade F2 or higher is acceptable as meeting the Mathematics requirement for this course.

Applicants presenting QQI FET/FETAC qualifications must hold a Full Level 5 Award totalling 120 Credits.

Applicants presenting qualifications other than those mentioned above will be assessed on an individual basis.

Mature Applicants (i.e. over 23) are exempt from the normal entry requirements.

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What modules will I study?

Year 1    

Aesthetics for Skin Care and Cosmetic Treatments, Introduction to the Beauty and Spa Industry, Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Media Communications and Personal Development, Research and Information Technology, Business Management for the Service Industry 

Year 2    

Aesthetics for Beauty and Spa Treatments, Cosmetic Sales and Retail Work Orientation, Law for the Beauty and Spa Industry, Marketing Principles, Information Technology and E-Commerce, Business Decision Making and Applications 

What are the career prospects?

Graduates will have experienced all facets of Beauty and Spa Management to provide them with the best education to suit today’s economy and diverse Beauty and Spa industry. 

A graduate will find a diverse range of career opportunities both in Ireland and abroad and they can expect to find employment in a variety of roles such as, beauty therapist, advanced skincare therapist, beauty and spa consultant, make up artistry, with employment for talented individuals in fashion, stage and TV make-up and Spa and Beauty Product Salesperson. 

More Information

The Higher Cert in Business Studies with Beauty and Spa Management is very suited to students who have a keen interest to advance skill development in the beauty and spa sector, which will in turn promote job creation, economic success and employment opportunities. 

The nature of this programme will allow graduates to work in a wide range of beauty and spa settings. As such, this programme aims to support the growing beauty and spa industry by providing graduates with a combination of practical beauty and spa technical skills and applied management competencies.