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What makes Phoenix different?

From novice to advanced training, Phoenix Holistic, Beauty & Nail Training School not only provides initial training, but will also help support you to gain employment and develop businesses. We specialise in helping women return to the workplace in a flexible and rewarding industry where all previous skills can be utilised.  We celebrate the more mature learner understanding the constraints of juggling a family with working life.

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Do I need a regulated qualification?

Regulated Qualifications

 Regulated qualifications (also known as accredited qualifications) are those that are reviewed, recognised and monitored by the regulatory bodies in order to make sure that they meet specific criteria and quality standards. The requirements for the qualifications to be accredited are set out in the Regulatory arrangements for the Qualifications and Credit Framework. Once proposed qualifications meet the requirements set out in the mentioned document, they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications where can also be found a list of recognised awarding organisations who have the power to award qualifications within the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), the national credit transfer system in England, Wales and Ireland. Scotland has its own framework – the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework which is jointly regulated by several awarding and regulatory bodies.

What are the Advantages of Accredited over Non-Accredited Qualifications?

The most obvious advantage of accredited over non-accredited qualifications is that the accredited ones provide the learners and stakeholders with a guarantee of quality of both the qualification programme and the awarding body that offers accredited qualifications. Non-accredited qualifications, on the other hand, are not regulated and there is no guarantee that they meet appropriate standards. There is no way to tell whether they are fit for their purpose, if they include relevant content or if appropriate methodology for assessment is used. Sometimes, however, the courses that are offered by non-recognised organisations may lead to a recognised qualification.

Which Types of Qualifications are Accredited by Regulatory Bodies?

The regulatory bodies are responsible for accreditation of a wide range of qualifications ranging from Entry Level Qualifications to the Higher Level Qualifications (Level 4 in the QCF or above) including vocational and work-related qualifications.

Who are the Regulatory Bodies?

There are four main regulatory bodies in the UK who recognise awarding organisations and their qualifications. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) is Wales’ qualifications regulator, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) regulates qualifications with the exception of vocational in Northern Ireland, while the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) regulates and awards all qualifications except of degrees in Scotland.

How the Regulators Ensure High Quality of Accredited Qualifications and their Compliance to Appropriate Standards?

The regulars use several methods to ensure high quality of accredited qualifications before and after they are listed in the Register of Regulated Qualifications. In order to be recognised and have their qualifications accredited by the regulators, the awarding organisations have to submit their proposition to the regulator which then carefully reviews both the awarding organisation and the proposed qualification. If the qualification programme meets the regulator’s criteria, it is recognised and listed in the Register. If they do not meet the set criteria, they are rejected. In order to make sure that the accredited qualifications maintain appropriate standards and quality, they are kept under review by the regulators who also have the power to withdraw accreditation.

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Could you become a Phoenix skills development & assessment centre?

Phoenix Online Beauty Training are now seeking passionate skilled mentors, trainers & assessors to support the next generation of therapists to gain nationally recognised and regulated qualifications through a new concept of supported flexible learning.


The online training programme combines a structured online course delivered through a series of videos and support materials with the option of one to one mentoring and coaching either in the learners own treatment room or at a designated skills development and assessment centre.


Are you a highly skilled passionate therapist willing to pass on your knowledge to the next generation of therapists?

The next generation of therapists need the support of industry experts

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Top 10 Causes of Puffy Eyes—and What You Can Do to Treat Them!

Many people suffer with puffy eyes and spend a fortune on products trying to get rid of them.  Most of the time, products won’t work as the cause is either fluid retention, allergic reactions, skin inflamed by irritation, too-prominent fat pads distended around the eye area, or a combination of these issues.

Dry Skin

Not all moisturisers should be used around the eye area,

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What does a beauty therapist do?

A beauty therapist specialises in beauty treatments for the face and body and is responsible for helping clients make the most of their physical appearance and more importantly help clients feel less stressed and more confident about themselves.

Common services offered by therapists are:

  • Hair Removal – Temporary hair removal (depilation) via waxing and sugaring and permanent hair removal through electrolysis.
  • Nail Treatments – Manicures, pedicures, nail extensions and applications of nail art.
  • Massage – Either focusing on part of the body (i.e. head, neck & shoulders) or full body. There are many different types of massage; aromatherapy, Shiatsu, Thai.
  • Facials – The facials offered by a therapist are tailored specifically to a client’s needs taking into account their skin type and condition, age and requirements. Therapists normally offer a range of facials using different products and techniques; acne, aromatherapy, bio-lift. Sometimes therapists can gain additional qualifications to offer electro-therapy treatments.
  • Eyebrow & Eyelash Treatments – These may include eyebrow shaping & tinting and eyelash perming & tinting.
  • Specialised Treatments – These often require additional training to be qualified to carry out and include specialised use of electrolysis to remove red veins and skin tags
  • Cosmetics and Skin Products Advice – Salons often stock professional products not available on the high street and because therapists are professionally trained in the appliance of cosmetics and in skin diagnosis they frequently give advice and sell skincare products to match a client’s personal needs.

What opportunities are available for Beauty Therapists?

The beauty industry is constantly evolving and developing and there is a constant flow of new products being introduced into the market place. The excitement in this industry is illustrated by the number of new salons and spas that are opening and as a result of this, the many exciting job opportunities that have become available.

  • Whether you are a job seeker looking to break into the industry or an ambitious therapist wishing to progress your career there are many options such as:
  • Beauty therapist positions within salons, health & fitness clubs, spas, cruise liners, airports, hotels, holiday resorts and even hair salons. Most enter the industry, post graduation, at junior therapist or therapist level but can quickly climb the career ladder to becoming a senior therapist and ultimately a salon or area salon manager.
  • Salon or Spa Manager – Combining your hands on skills with an ability to manage others and an understanding of profit and loss and sales targets.
  • Self-employed Therapist – Some therapists become self-employed; operating a mobile beauty service that visits clients in their homes, renting a room within an established business or running a beauty service from within a room in their own home.
  • Specialism – Therapists sometimes choose to specialise in one area by becoming for example a speciality waxer, makeup artist or nail technician.
  • College Lecturers – You may feel that your communication skills lead you towards sharing your skills by teaching others.
  • Field sales representative for a product company – Because of the speed with which new products come on to the market many opportunities are available for those with sales ability.

What qualities are found in a good beauty therapist?

  • Being a good beauty therapist involves far more than being able to simply administer beauty treatments. They must be able to portray the following qualities;
  • Professionalism – It’s essential that beauty therapists maintain a high degree of professionalism at all times protecting a client’s privacy and giving them their full care and attention.
  • Personal Hygiene/Grooming – Therapists work in close proximity with their clients and have to ensure they adopt high standards of personal hygiene and grooming at all times; bathe daily, regular use of deodorant, fresh breath, hair tied back if long, subtle makeup etc
  • Warm & Open Personality – It’s essential that therapists make their clients feel at ease by being polite, friendly and conversational.
  • Stamina. Therapists often have busy schedules sometimes involving back to back appointments and spend a lot of time on their feet. It’s essential therefore to have good stamina.
  • Good Time Management – Especially in a busy salon with packed out appointments it’s essential that a therapist has excellent time keeping skills. Clients should not be kept waiting for their appointment and neither should a treatment be rushed because your last appointment over ran.

Earning Potential

  • Therapists can continue to train throughout their career in different products and treatments. The more treatments that a therapist trains in the more attractive they are to prospective employers and the higher their earning potential. Therapists can undergo training on different beauty products (i.e. Thalgo, Dermalogica), advanced beauty treatments (i.e. intense pulse light, electrolysis) and in different techniques (i.e. Reiki, Shiatsu).
  • Because a therapist’s earnings are dependent on so many factors; location, business type, therapist experience, qualifications we can only give a rough guide to salary expectations.
  • Newly qualified therapist – £10K – £13.5K
  • Therapists that have several year’s experience – £15K – £19K
  • Salon Managers £20K – £25K, and on occasion upwards
  • Most therapists supplement their basic salary with commission from product sales.

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