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Learning and Studying

Your success in the course hinges on learning and studying

Our governing bodies require you attend a certain number of face-to-face training hours in order to qualify. You will also need to complete a portion of hours in self-directed study (or where you direct your studying).

You can read more about this on this page, including:

We can offer self-directed study on-campus.

At The Course

The majority of your classes are held on campus. The exceptions to this may be field trips and projects to be completed outside the school.

You will be expected to complete both practical and theory classes.

Practical Classes

In your course, you will be expected to act as both therapist and client during most sessions. This means you may undergo and give the less pleasant treatments, like electrolysis and waxing, and the more pleasant treatments, like facials and body massage. The exception to this would be where final examinations occur, on clinic days, and for nail technology students, who may practice nail technology on specialised manicure hands. You supply the cotton wool, tissues, linen, et cetera, while we supply the product.

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Theory Classes

Theory is important as this gives you the knowledge to perform treatments confidently and competently. You will be expected to attend the majority of theory lessons (even catching up on some one-off lessons if you have missed them).

During theory lessons, such as anatomy and physiology, cosmetic chemistry and electricity and basic physics, we will give you the overarching knowledge. You need to study your theory and expand upon that knowledge in your own self-directed study time (outside of class).

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Self-Directed Study

Self-directed study means you are responsible for when you complete or study tasks we assign you and for when you complete or study tasks you undertake yourself in order to succeed in your course. In other words, you find the time to study and place it in the most convenient parts of your schedule.

You should completing between 10 and 15 self-directed study hours a week outside of class for courses meeting on-campus for 20 hours a week. You should be studying theory and practicing practical routines outside of class.

During self-directed study time, you should be completing homework and projects, studying theory and practicing routines for quizzes and tests and final examinations, and completing treatments and the associated paperwork for case studies.

If you are finding where you live or normally study too loud or too distracting, you can go to your local library and study. You may also find additional texts in the library that may support your current learning. You may also want to form a peer study group with your classmates.

Peer Study Groups

You are encouraged to for your own study groups to help one another study throughout your programme. These groups have met in the past at the school, public libraries and fellow studentsí houses or flats. You are responsible for organising these groups, meeting times, et cetera.

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