CIDESCO is the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy.

The CIDESCO Course is for those who wish to study Beauty and Aesthetic Treatments for the Face and Body Therapy to the highest standards achievable in Beauty Therapy.

The CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma is a prestigious and highly recognised qualification worldwide. Upon completion of your studies, you will be entered for your examination with CIDESCO, after graduating you will be required to complete 600 hours of work in a salon or spa to obtain the highly accredited CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma.

Entry Requirements

No previous beauty related experience is required, however a good command of the English language for communication, reading and writing is essential with GCSE English Language grade of C to A*, grades 4 to 9 or equivalent.


Successful candidates will be awarded an internationally recognised CIDESCO diploma at UK Level 4 national standards.

The CIDESCO Diploma will enable graduates to become members of BABTAC (British association of beauty therapy and cosmetology) to gain public liability insurance to work in the UK, Ireland and overseas in Beauty Salons, Medi Spa’s, Skin Clinics, Health Farms, Spas and Cruise Liners or setting up your own business.


£350.00 (Uniform & Beauty Kit)
Examination Fees:
Start Date:
Tue, 25th October 2022
Monday & Tuesday
9.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m.

The CIDESCO programme is split into two qualifications: CIDESCO Aesthetics Diploma and CIDESCO Body Therapy Diploma. 

The course commences in October with CIdesco Aesthetics on Monday, from March Students attend to complete the Body Therapy module. Examination takes place in late May early June.

All our courses are now offered in modular format with Blended eLearning, students attend College for face-to-face practical protocols with Live Tutorial Lectures and our own Practical videos available online on the student eLearning Zone.

We have also added an on-line Level 3 Anatomy & Physiology Module to all facial skincare courses, offering fully blended learning, and allowing you to study in your own home at a time that suits you. This allows us to focus on Practical when you are here in the school.  Our Tutors will however support your on-line learning with revision Q&A and tests should you

For the Facial Skincare & Electrotherapy, and Body Therapy course students are in the College Tuesday 9.30am – 12.30pm,  for the Beauty modules, these will also be offered as an afternoon class Tuesday 12.30pm-4.30pm, Monday there is 2-3 hours online tutor-led lectures from home.   We also suggest at minimum of 3-6 hours home study, practice and revision.

Initially students will have the opportunity to work on the Mannequin Head to perfect practical protocols. The college can sometimes provide models for our practical classes, and students can bring in friends and family to ensure you are more commercially ready to work in the beauty industry.   A Tilly Head Mannequin for home and zoom practice is essential requirement for the course cost £175.00 paid directly to the School.

Practical experience is an essential part of the course, the college school salon enables students to gain invaluable experience and gain confidence, providing the opportunity to work on a wide range of skin types, conditions and lifestyle factors that influence and affect skin health will help students develop strong consultation skills.

Students will need access to an iPad, Laptop or Computer plus a printer for the duration of the course.

Each student is responsible for their own model for mock and actual exams. These models must be fully pre-cleared for COVID compliance.

CIDESCO Aesthetics Course Covers

  • Aesthetics including Facial Electrical machines
  • Anatomy & Physiology of the Whole Body
  • Advanced Skin & Dermatology
  • Advanced Cosmetic Science
  • Physics & Chemistry
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Nutrition for Skin
  • Case Study & Project of Students Choice

CIDESCO Body Therapy Course Covers

  • Theory of Body Massage
  • Body Massage Practical (Swedish)
  • Figure Diagnosis
  • Diet & Nutrition
  • Body Electrotherapy (Vacuum Suction, Galvanic, Faradic, G5 Massage & infrared)
  • Consultation & Postural Diagnosis

General Studies

  • Health & Hygiene
  • Business Studies
  • Electricity
  • Salon Management
  • Retail Sales

During the CIDESCO training course there is a great emphasis placed on;  

  • Professional Expertise
  • Hygiene
  • Client Care & Interaction
  • Personal Presentation

In addition to CIDESCO curriculum, we include the following training:

  • Gel Manicure
  • Threading
  • Female Intimate Waxing
  • Stress Relief Scalp Massage

Short courses available (discount available)

  • Brilliant Brows
  • Brow Lamination
  • Henna Brows
  • Lash Extension
  • Lash Lift Course

Course Fees Include

  • Bronwyn Conroy Uniform - Navy Tunic Top & Trousers
  • Skin Care Kit
  • Manicure & Pedicure
  • Waxing Kit
  • Tinting Kit
  • Top Skin Care Brands Eve Taylor & Lily Lolo Minerals for Class Use
  • Course Notes
  • Access to Student eLearning & Our Practical Videos
  • Online Learning
  • Use of Trainer Head

Not Included In Course Fees 

  • Make-Up Brushes
  • Make-Up Kit
  • Sketcher Shoes
  • Navy Cardigan
  • Stationary Items


Students can go on to study in level 3, 4 and 5.

  • CIBTAC Electrolysis Diploma -Level 3
  • Cibtac Advanced Epilation - Level 4
  • Cibtac Advanced Skincare & Aesthetic Core of Knowledge - Level 4
  • Cibtac Skin Needling - Level 4
  • Cibtac Skin Peels - Level 4


The pass mark for CIDESCO is 70%.

  • Theory: 1½ Hours Multiple Choice Paper
  • Aesthetic Practical: 3¼ Hours
  • Body Therapy Practical:  3 Hours
  • Project with Case Studies