Beauty Therapy – Level 5


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Beauty Therapy (5M3471)/ITEC and CIBTAC Diplomas

Programme Coordinator:  Bronwyn Keane-McCoy

Programme Description:

This programme enables learners to gain the QQI Level 5 Major Award in Beauty Therapy as well as internationally recognised qualifications from the major therapy awarding bodies.  Successful learners have the opportunity to progress to study for advanced qualifications at Level 6.

Component Awards:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Cosmetic Chemistry
  • Manicure and Pedicure
  • Make-Up
  • Waxing
  • Skin and Eye Treatments
  • Facial Electric Treatments
  • Body Massage and Figure Diagnosis
  • Beauty Industry Business, Ethics and Practice
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience

Minimum Entry Requirements:

  • Leaving Certificate/Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent.
  • Home Economics (Social and Scientific) and/or Biology desirable.
  • Successful completion of an interview.
  • Mature applicants are welcome.


  • Opportunities to progress to further and higher education.
  • Graduates are eligible to apply for the BA programme in Spa and Wellness Management (AL760) at Athlone Institute of Technology.
  • Progression to complete advanced qualifications at Level 6 (progression to Level 6 is contingent on the successful completion of the Level 5 programme).
  • Direct entry to employment.


Approximately €750 to cover the costs of examination fees, uniforms, make-up and beauty kit, salon materials and textbooks.

Additional Training:

There are a number of optional additional courses offered throughout the year which may, in some cases, incur further costs.  These include the following:

  • Advanced Skincare
  • Dermalogica Training
  • Gel Nails
  • Artdeco Makeup Artist Training
  • Fuschia Makup Artist Training