Where to study Beauty Courses?

You know you want to study beauty courses but finding the right beauty school appears to be quite difficult, right? I’ve been here myself. There are beauty schools located all over South Africa. You just have to find the one that caters for all (or most of) your needs. I researched beauty schools for quite a while before I found the right one. The trick to finding the perfect beauty schools is… asking questions. Ask questions until you feel completely comfortable with the learning institution and the course you choose to study.  

Choosing a beauty school

If you want to pursue a career in beauty, choosing the right beauty school is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Find out if the beauty school you are interested in offers what you are looking for. This may include type of course, level of qualification, student support, financial aid etc.

Checklist of things to consider when choosing a beauty school:

  • How close is the school to your home or work? Will you be able to get there without any difficulty or delays?
  • If there is no beauty school close to your home or work, what other study options do you have? (Distance learning or online study)
  • Is the school reputable?
  • What type of classes do they offer? (Part-time, full-time, online etc.)
  • What are the financing options? (Financial support, payment options etc.)
  • Will you be able to get a job with the qualification they offer?

Questions to ask when you contact a beauty school

Here is a list of questions you should ask when you contact a beauty school.

  • Is your school accredited?
  • Will my qualification be recognised?
  • What is the total beauty course price?
  • Are the handbooks, beauty kit and other supplies included in this price? If not, how much will it cost me?
  • Does the school offer any financial aid?
  • What are your policies, if any?
  • What beauty courses do you offer? (Makeup, Nail Care, Facial Skincare, Waxing etc.)
  • Do you offer part-time of full-time classes?
  • How long will it take to complete the beauty course? (The one you consider studying)
  • Are there any student support or extra study material if I need additional help with my studies?
  • Are there any exams? If so, how many?
  • Do you have an in-house salon where I can get hands-on experience? If not, how can I get hands-on experience?
  • Can I visit your beauty school and have a look around?

Choosing from a list of beauty courses

It can be quite nerve-racking choosing from a list of beauty courses. Beauty schools use words like accreditation and nationally recognised. Often we don’t really know what this means, but it has to be something good, right?

Before you choose any course, ask yourself what it is that you want to achieve. Are you studying beauty courses for self-enrichment or are you planning on pursuing a career in beauty therapy?

If you are only studying beauty courses for self-enrichment, a short course should be fine. However, if you want to pursue a career in beauty therapy, look for a course that will take you at least 12 months to complete and covers both theory and practical training.

Employers are more likely to employ someone with a professional qualification, than a short course. A short course in beauty therapy is not enough to fully prepare you for a job in the beauty therapy industry.     

When you choose a beauty school and course, really think about what it is that you want to achieve. If you are studying beauty courses to pursue your dream career, choose the college or learning institution that one: meets your personal requirements and two: offers professional courses. You wouldn’t want to waste your time or money on something that won’t help you achieve your career goal.