Our Beauty School

A Message
from the Principal

Hello, and a very warm welcome to our website.

Please do spend time reading through our pages and getting to know what we have to offer. If you have any questions, please do contact us — we will reply as quickly as possible. We are a small independent school, conveniently situated in Baker Street, central London. Since the founding of the School in 1954 we have only had two Heads of Education – the late Mrs. Ray Cochrane till 1986 and myself, Miss Baljeet Suri. I take great pride in continuing the excellence and high standards established by Mrs. Cochrane.

The beauty therapy industry is a thriving and expanding vocation. I would encourage you, whatever age you are, to seriously consider becoming part of this profession. The rewards are not only financial – all our graduates find employment – but the job satisfaction you get and the increasing self-esteem you experience are seldom found in other professions. This is a very “hands-on” occupation in which your confidence and expertise are conveyed across to your client – to the greater fulfillment of both of you.

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Why choose us?
Ray Cochrane Beauty School is renowned for its high quality, small group size and professional beauty therapy courses.

We offer a wide range of beauty courses to suit every type of learner and budget. We teach Level 2 – 4 Beauty courses and they are all catered for the beauty enthusiast, total beginner, ambitious and business minded.

The history of Ray Cochrane

  • Trusted qualifications
    We offer some of the most sought after qualifications in the beauty Industry. These qualifications are offered by the most respected beauty organisations in the world - CIDESCO, CIBTAC and VTCT.
  • Flexible study mode
    We know that a career in the Beauty Industry can be an early decision in life or even as a change in career. It may also be for mothers whom would like to work part time from home. With this in mind, we have full time, part time and fast track study modes to suit everyone.
  • Award winning school
    We’ve achieved many accolades throughout our 60 years. Notably, we were awarded the highly coveted Investors In People Award in 2009. We are a Flagship CIDESCO Institute in the UK and we were the 1st school in the UK to offer the highly respected CIDESCO Beauty Therapy Diploma.
  • Flexible payment plans
    We understand that financially funding courses can often be difficult so we have flexible payment plans available.

Course fees

  • Beauty Therapy Courses

    VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy Course VTCT Level 3 Beauty Therapy Course CIBTAC Professional Beauty Therapy Diploma CIDESCO International Beauty Diploma Course VTCT Level 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy Combi Course VTCT Level 2 Facial and Skin Care Course
    £ 1,950 £ 2400 £ 6,995 £ 8,495 £ 4950 £ 650
  • Laser and Skin Courses

    NVQ Level 4 Certificate in Laser and IPL Treatments Course
    £ 1,390
  • Nail Technician Courses

    VTCT Level 2 Nail Technician Course VTCT Level 2 & 3 Nail Technician Course
    £ 1200 £ 1,950

Course fees include VAT, registration fees, exam fees, learning packs, uniforms. There are no hidden charges.
Please note: some courses may require additional costs for starter kits, towel bundles, nail kits.
For any addtional costs see course page for more details

Payment plan

12 Month Interest-Free Instalments – Spread your course fees

At Ray Cochrane, we are always on the side of the student and understand that financially funding courses can often be difficult. This is especially the case when institutions require up-front, lump-sum payments from their students, which is why Ray Cochrane offers finance to all students who attend. This allows you to pay for the course via flexible monthly instalments with Divido.

Offering Divido’s finance, this will allow many more of our students to study an exciting choice of professional beauty courses that offer students high-quality tuition, taught by experienced and qualified tutors in a supportive and encouraging environment and fulfill their potential.  Students are able to pay in 6 and 12 monthly installments with Divido at 0% interest. Available to all students subject to the Divido’s approval.

For more information about our payment plans, course fees, or to discuss your requirements and courses with us in more detail, contact Ray Cochrane today. Terms and Conditions apply.

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I would like to kindly thank my teacher Eleonora for being such a helpful teacher !!! I was a student of RayCochrane School in August. I took a Level 4 VTCT Level for IPL and Laser. It is a complete course over a six weeks time. In that time you learn everything about Laser and IPL, the school uses updated technology which is very helpful if you want to get a better place in clinic. All teachers are very helpful and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Agata 'Shelly, laser therapist with Centro Unico Clinic

Open Days

Our beauty experts will be available for any questions you need to be answered.

Come and visit us at our newly refurbished beauty school. You will have the opportunity to speak with our course lecturers and find out everything about the beauty industry, the international CIDESCO courses, your career prospects and best routes for your employment.


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    I am so glad that I took Level 4 Laser course from Ray Cochrane beauty college. Karina's teaching is so excellent, she makes sure that we understand everything what we were doing during our course and very supportive. Her explanation is very clear and simple to understood everything 100%. I definitely recommend to everyone who is looking for a Laser course with good affordable price and quality way of teaching. Thank you Karina.xxx

    Naza Cerhan
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    My girlfriend did Level 2 and 3 nails with Ray Cochrane . We are very happy with our choice. We have been looking for the right school for nearly 6 months. My girlfriend rented a small part of very busy hairdressing salon and is extremely happy with her job. We would like to thank the school for the help and the support they have provided. We recommend the school very much Veni

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    I did my Level 3 beauty at Ray Cochrane and I am extremely happy with my choice. I would like to thank the school for the knowleadge I have gained. It helped me so much. I Didn't have any difficulties finding job. I love beauty. I recommend Ray Cochrane to anyone who passion is beauty and would like their dreams to come true. Valeri

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    My name is Evgeniq and I did my Level 3 Nail Technology at Ray Cochrane. I am so happy for my choice. The tutor was lovely and very helpful. The school helped me to find job. As far as I know many salons send them job opportunities and they pass to the students. School has great name in London and I definitely recommend it.

    Evgeniq Hristova
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    I am completing CIDESCO International Beauty Diploma. I am so greatful that I have chosen this school, rather than any other. Teachers are amazing, Dr Skoryk and Mrs Marley are the very best and they give you a very deep knowledge of everything you need to be able to start to work in beauty industry or even to start your own business. Owners and the management are very helpful and approachable and they are willing to help with your future career, giving you advice to help to find your way of this new journey. Students have the availability to work on client day which gives you lots of practice and helps to learn how to deal with different clients and situations.This prepares you to be able to start to work immediately after you finish as you gain experience in doing facial & body treatments and also in client care. I have not finished CIDESCO course yet but I have got already a very good job in a Dermatology Clinic.We had 100% pass mark in our class for CIBTAC International exam, both theory and practical which shows how successful is the way they teach and train the students. I can highly recommend this school for everyone who is thinking to join and start a new career within Beauty industry.

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    I would just like to start of by saying how wonderful Ray Cochrane college is. Prior to Ray Cochrane I attended London college of Beauty therapy which was awful so I left and did some research on private colleges across London and came across Ray Cochrane I was impressed with the reviews and that there were a maximum of 10 students per class allowing the teacher to give everyone equal attention. After doing some research I chose Ray Cochrane and I studied VTCT level 2 Beauty therapy , VTCT Level 3 Beauty therapy and VTCT Level 4 Laser and IPL . All my teachers Flora Pitasilli, Catherine Morley were all extremely supportive. They give you clear guidance with coursework, revision tips for theory exams and thorough training for practical assessments. Ben who is the college manager is very supportive of his students, even though he is busy in his office he will always find the time to ask you how you are finding the course, he cares a lot for his students and has been supportive of students seeking work after qualifying . I enjoyed every minute of my course . If you want to purse Beauty therapy this college is the place to study it's in a great location and the most prestigious salons and spas in the beauty industry contact Ray Cochrane to recruit newly qualified student so you will find employment as soon as you finish college with the support of the college too. Moreover they have introduced a new payment plan to make payments easier for those who want to pursue a career in beauty. I have enjoyed my time at college thank you so much Ray Cochrane! Love from Mel x

    Meliz Kirik
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