CIDESCO Beauty Therapy or VTCT Beauty Therapy?

So you’re interested in studying a comprehensive beauty course? Ideally, one that will teach you everything that you need to know to launch your beauty career. But which extensive beauty course should you choose? When students come to us looking for complete beauty courses, we will suggest 2 options. The options are the “CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma” or “VTCT Level 2 & 3 Combined Beauty Therapy Diploma”. We will tell you a little about each course before moving on to their similarities and differences.

Whilst we can’t pick for you, we can help you to understand these courses to make your decision a little easier.

CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma

The CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma is one of our most popular courses, with students travelling from all over the globe to complete it with us. The CIDESCO qualification is globally recognised as the most highly respected beauty therapy qualification and the most internationally recognised qualification. Established in 1946, the Comité International d’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie has since helped shape the standards of beauty training.

Here at the London School of Beauty & Make-Up, our CIDESCO diploma runs over 43 weeks, full time. Students enrolled on the course learn a range of aesthetics, body, beauty, and holistic therapy treatments. Exclusively to LSBM we also teach introductory aroma and reflex, scrubs and wraps so you get a fully comprehensive course.

As part of the aesthetics training, your tutors will teach you how to complete manicures, pedicures, waxing, brow, and lash tints. You will also learn how to carry out popular electrical facial treatments on clients and wax the body properly.

For the body treatments, students will master various massage treatments. Some of which include; Swedish, Indian Head and G5. CIDESCO students at LSBM also learn how to use electrical machines on the body. 

Throughout the course students learn more than just treatments as there are modules that focus on:

  • Nutrition & Diet 
  • Brand Training with Dermalogica
  • Dermatology
  • The Application of Make-up 
  • Cosmetic Science & Chemistry
  • Business Plan Creation & CV Writing
  • Interview Techniques

The CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma really is a complete beauty course. Upon successful completion of the course students will hold:

  • CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy services
  • The CIBTAC Level 3 Award in Facial Electrotherapy treatments
  • CIBTAC Level 3 Certificate in Body Therapy services
  • CIDESCO Beauty Therapy International Diploma

To learn more about the CIDESCO course and read the experiences of our alumni, head here.

VTCT Level 2 and 3 Combined Beauty Therapy Diploma

Another of our most popular courses is the VTCT combined Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma. Vocational Training Charitable Trust is a leading assessment body in the UK with a strong foundation in the beauty industry. Previously students would complete the Level 2 Beauty Therapy Diploma before moving to Level 3. However, based on the feedback of our students, our expert tutors have constructed the complete beauty therapy course. The combined beauty course offers a seamless training program that saves you time. All of which makes the VTCT Level 2 & 3 Combi Beauty course a great option.

The Combined Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma is a part-time course running over 24 weeks.

On the course, you will learn aesthetic treatments covering facials, skincare, facial electrotherapy, waxing, manicures, pedicures, lash and brow treatments. Along with the Anatomy & Physiology of the upper torso and the theory of skin. 

The body treatments element of the course focuses on body massage and electrotherapy. Aside from learning treatments, students learn about the contraindications of the treatments. 

Client consultation, salon reception skills and management duties are extras in the curriculum. Similar to the CIDESCO Course, the VTCT combined course ensures that students are well-rounded beauty therapists.

Upon successful completion, students enrolled on the VTCT Combined Beauty therapy will achieve:

  • VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy Studies Diploma
  • VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Studies Diploma
  • LSBM Post Graduate Salon Experience certificate

The Similarities and Differences between CIDESCO vs VTCT Beauty Therapy

Both courses aim to train you to become the ultimate beauty therapist so there will be similarities, especially across the curriculum.

Both courses teach the foundations of beauty therapy which includes:

  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Waxing
  • Facial Massage and Electrical Treatments
  • Body Massage and Electrical Treatments

However, on the CIDESCO course, you will learn one more massage treatment that the VTCT combined course does not offer. The described treatment is the Hot stone massage along with figure analysis. Aside from that, students on the CIDESCO and VTCT will be mastering the same body massage and treatments.

Students on the CIDESCO course will learn and perfect their makeup application. We do find that most beauty therapists do not require this skill, so it may not be an important element when choosing the course for you.

The beauty industry is a popular career choice which is why you should choose a course that aides your career. Those on the VTCT course learn how to run a salon, from the receptionist to managerial skills. The CIDESCO course will also help students build their career skills by teaching Business Plan Creation, CV Writing and Interview Techniques.

Choosing to study CIDESCO or VTCT at The London School of Beauty & Make-Up

We’ve told you about both courses and discussed their similarities and differences, and now the decision is all yours! But why study the course of your choice with us here at LSBM? 

The London School of Beauty & Make-Up was established in 1995 putting us among the longest-running private beauty training centres in the UK. Regardless of which course you choose, you can rest assured that you will be receiving the highest standard of training. All our tutors have over 10 years of experience in the beauty industry under their belts.

Those looking to study CIDESCO or VTCT combined Beauty Therapy with us will have access to a commercial salon experience. Our salon is the largest of any beauty school in London, enabling students to gain their confidence and receive feedback from customers. As a beauty student at LSBM, you will practice learned beauty treatments on paying customers. For those looking to perfect the beauty treatments learnt on their course to become a well-rounded therapist, choosing a school that offers practical training is a must! 

Do you have any other questions that you would like answered about the CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma or the Combined VTCT Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma? Why not send us an email to contact@beauty-school.co.uk, and one of our course reps will be able to assist you personally.

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