Level 3 Beauty, Body Therapy and VTCT Level 4 Laser Programme Courses

Course Syllabus


  • Manicure – regular painting techniques, French manicure, hand massage and warm oil/paraffin wax application.
  • Pedicure – Including foot scrub, foot massage and luxury spa pedicures.
  • Facial and Skin Care – Incorporating massage, mixing and application of face masques, steaming and extraction and product knowledge.
  • Waxing – using both hot wax and strip methods.
  • Eyelash and eyebrow services – including eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping.
  • Introduction to Basic Make-up application.
  • Electrical Facial Treatments – including Micro-current – Non-surgical lift, Vacuum suction, Galvanic and Faradic E.M.S. machines.

Electrical Epilation

  • Causes of Hair Problems
  • Structure & Dynamics of Skin and Hair
  • Bacteria
  • Hygiene & Sterilisation
  • Principles of Electricity
  • Electrolysis Hair Removal
  • Thermolysis Hair Removal
  • Blend Hair Removal
  • Dermatology, Skin Diseases & Disorders
  • Treatment Procedures
  • Safety Precautions
  • First Aid
  • Professional Techniques
  • All Methods of Hair Removal, Temporary & Permanent
  • Anatomy & Physiology

Electrical Epilation must be completed in order to progress on to laser programme.

Body Therapy Diploma

  • Swedish Body Massage
  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Figure Analysis
  • Electrical Body Treatments – including Micro-current, Vacuum Suction, Galvanic, Faradic E.M.S. (‘Stendertone’), G5 massage, infra-red (pre-massage warming treatment) and Audio sonic (sound-wave pain-relief).
  • Additional training in advanced Massage Techniques.

Mandatory Studies

  • Anatomy and Physiology of the entire body
  • Client Consultation
  • Record Keeping
  • Contraindications to therapies
  • Retail Sales
  • Foundational Salon Management
  • Product Knowledge
  • Diet and Nutrition

VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments is an advanced qualification that has been specifically designed for beauty therapists.

Entry onto this qualification can be via the previous attainment of a Level 3 qualification in a relevant discipline prior to undertaking this qualification. Coco College of Beauty Therapy will have ensured that you have the required knowledge, understanding and skills to enrol and successfully achieve this qualification.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification is the only Level 4 qualification offered by VTCT in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments. The VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments is a vocationally related qualification and is focused on reducing hair growth and photo rejuvenation of the skin using intense pulsed light and laser treatments. This qualification requires you to develop skills to carry out IPL and laser treatments. This qualification allows you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee-paying clients.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for students of all age groups, builds on existing knowledge and understanding of therapy skills and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment. You will have your skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification will require research; it includes the skills involved in providing a thorough consultation with the client to formulate a specific course of treatment, tailored to suit individual client needs, use laser and light treatments for skin rejuvenation and hair removal and to manage the health, safety and security of the salon.

Course Outline:

  • Hair removal
  • Vein removal
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Pigmentation

Practical observations by your Tutor and an Internal Verifier from VTCT
• Portfolio of evidence
• Assignments
As part of this qualification, you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. A portfolio will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have learnt. It may be in electronic or paper format. Your assessor will provide guidance on how to prepare the portfolio of evidence and how to show practical achievement and understanding of the knowledge required to successfully complete this qualification.
It is this booklet along with the portfolio of evidence that will serve as the prime source of evidence for this qualification.
Evidence in the portfolio may take the following forms:
• Observed work • Witness statements • Audio-visual media • Evidence of prior learning or attainment • Written questions • Oral questions • Assignments • Case studies
All evidence should be documented in the portfolio and cross-referenced to unit outcomes. Constructing the portfolio of evidence should not be left to the end of the course.

What could this qualification lead to?

When you have successfully completed this qualification you will be in a position to aspire to promotion as an advanced beauty therapist providing laser and IPL hair removal and skin rejuvenation services within a beauty salon. With new Industry regulations coming into effect soon, all therapists will need a level 4 qualification to perform all laser treatments.

Tutor: Tara Galvin

Course Delivery

Underpinning knowledge will be delivered by lectures. Practical knowledge will be full achieved during your clinical practice which will be arranged with your tutor. The Salon has a large database of clients; should you wish to accelerate the assessment process then family & friends may be introduced to come in for treatments (at a special reduced rate). Students have to come in prepared for clinical practice days as advised by the tutor and must strictly adhere to our guideline policy.


Internal Test Question Paper: Demonstrating knowledge for hair removal and skin rejuvenation treatments.

Assignments: Written questions demonstrating your underpinning knowledge for each unit and must be word processed.

Ranges: Indicate what must be covered practically as part of observation and must be competently achieved – all ranges must be covered. For hair removal a minimum of 10 practical treatments are needed to cover all the essential ranges. For skin rejuvenation approximately 10 practical treatments are needed to cover all the essential ranges.

Generic Studies

  • Anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Client Consultation
  • Contraindications to therapies
  • Individual customization of treatments
  • Retail sales
  • Chemistry and Cosmetic Science
  • Theory of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermatology
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Basic First Aid

Additional Studies

  • Introduction to skin peels (Blemish control facials, and anti-ageing with the use of AHA’s and peels.)
  • Certificate-Decleor Skincare
  • Certificate of Shellac and Gelish application.
  • Certificate in Manual & Spray Tanning

Qualifications Gained

On successful completion of the course, students will receive 6 individual qualifications.

  • CIBTAC Aesthetic Treatments Diploma
  • CIBTAC Electrical Epilation
  • VTCT Laser and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Programme
  • CIBTAC Body Therapy Diploma
  • Indian Head Massage Certificate
  • Hot Stone Massage Certificate


  • The minimum age for entry to this beauty qualification course is 18 years. There is no upper age limit.
  • A high level of English is required. You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English fluently.
  • No previous experience required, although a good general education is essential for this demanding beauty therapy course.
  • An informal face-to-face interview is required to discuss the course in detail.

Price €10,800

Deposit of €4,000 to be paid to confirm place. 

Full Time:
Year 1: Monday – Wednesday 9.30 am – 4 pm

Year 2: Thursday & Friday 9.30 am – 4  pm.

Please note that these days are subject to change and extra hours could be allocated on another day depending on class requirements.
Year 1:

  • CIBTAC Aesthetics Level 2 skincare & Level 3 Facial Electrics Diploma
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Electrical Epilation Diploma

Year 2:

  • VTCT Level 4 Laser and Intense Pulse Light (IPL) Programme
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Body Therapy Diploma
  • Certificate in Indian Head Massage
  • Certificate in Hot Stone Massage


This is a Unique module to COCO College of Beauty Therapy. The only college which will provide students with direct access to real clients, giving them an immediate advantage at graduation.

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