CIDESCO International Beauty Diploma Course

The CIDESCO diploma is the world’s most prestigious qualification in the field of Aesthetics and Beauty therapy. It is the only qualification that is truly international – represented and recognised in 33 countries and respected across the five continents.

Whilst we were the longest-running CIDESCO training academy in the UK up until 2022. Moving forward here At London Ray Cochrane Beauty School, we will no longer be offering CIDESCO training. However, if you are looking to pursue CIDESCO training in the UK, we recommend our sister school, The London School of Beauty & Make-Up. The School is based in Barbican, at 18-19 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL.

Through the course students will get to work on actual clients in a professional and real working environment, supervised and supported by tutors who have years of experience in beauty salons and spas. Our training combining teaching and practice makes our graduates highly employable and ready for the world of work.


01 How
To obtain the CIDESCO International Beauty Therapy Diploma you will need to complete the outlined modules across a 43 week period.
The modules are:
  • 1 Aesthetic Treatments including Facial electrical machines
  • 2 Body Treatments including Swedish body massage and electrical machines
  • 3 Holistic Therapies including Aromatherapy & Reflexology
  • 4 Figure Diagnosis
  • 5 Anatomy and Physiology





Facial massage, mixing and application of face masques, steaming and extraction

Waxing (hot bees wax and strip methods)

Eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping

Professional make-up from day and evening, through to bridal looks

Electrical facial treatments (Micro-current – non-surgical lift, Vacuum Suction, Galvanic – deep cleansing and Facial Faradic E.M.S.)



Swedish Body Massage

Indian Head Massage

Hot Stone Massage

Figure Analysis

Electrical Body Treatments (Vacuum Suction, Galvanic, Faradic E.M.S, G5 Massage and Infrared)



Diet & Nutrition

Skin & Dermatology

Make-up Application

Chemistry & Cosmetic Science

Case Study of Students Choice

Business Plan Creation & CV Writing

Interview Techniques





Dermalogica® product training

BCL® product training

Gel polish training


Finally, as part of your CIDESCO course at LSBM, you will gain commercial salon experience. Once you have understood and practised the treatments in your class and your tutor is confident in your skills, you will work in the LSBM salon. Clients come into the school to get treatments done by student therapists for a discounted price. The purpose of this day is for the students to practise their knowledge and skill with the different treatments they have been taught. This gives the students better experience and knowledge of many different skin types, body types, ages and ethnicities, making them industry ready by graduation.

CIBTAC, ITEC and CIDESCO require that you have salon experience to show that you are able to work to professional timings and complete a variety of treatments.

Entry Requirements

We accept students aged 18 and over

No previous experience is required

A good basic education

Good command of the English language, you must be able to speak, read, write and understand English fluently.

An informal interview is required for this course, either by phone or in person.

02 This course is full time
Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm
Course length: 43 weeks

*Although the ‘normal’ study hours are 9am–5pm, you will also be required to practice your treatments in our student salon which might include late nights. In the case of late nights, time off in lieu is granted, usually by means of a later start time.

03 Where will this course take me?
Upon Successful Completion, you will be awarded:

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

Employers value the CIDESCO qualification because it proves that you have attained the very highest standard of expertise and professionalism in Aesthetics and Beauty therapy.

Becoming a Beauty Therapist offers so many exciting employment opportunities and with specialism in a particular field, the options become even greater. Just imagine having the opportunity to:

  • Start your own salon business or freelancer
  • Cruise the world whilst working on a luxury liner
  • Work in the Film and TV industry as a make-up artist
  • Teach your skills to others. Lecture at FE colleges or private institutions
  • Work at health farms or Day Spas
04 Dates and fees
Total Course Fee (VAT incl.)

Including CIDESCO and CIBTAC/iTEC examination fees, study material, beauty kits and uniforms

Start Dates Location Course Type Duration Places Left
Mon, 25 Apr 2022 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL Full Time 43 Weeks 2
Mon, 5 Sep 2022 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PL Full Time 43 Weeks 5
05 Payment options
Payment upfront £9,500
No credit check required
  • Initial 25% deposit of payment, £2,375
  • The remaining £7,125
  • No credit check required
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Direct Debit Payment Plan with LSBM
No credit check required
  • Deposit of 25% to secure your place,  £2,375
  • The remaining amount, £7,125, is to be paid through an instalment amount to be discussed directly with the school.
  • No credit check and applies to all students
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06 Testimonials

After completing my diploma, I returned back to my home country of Spain. Within a matter of weeks I was able to secure a job at one of Madrid’s most prestigious hotels. The most incredible thing was, the woman who interviewed me knew about the Ray Cochrane Beauty School! I really love my job. As an employee of this hotel, not only to get to meet exciting people but I get incredible perks such as cheap hotel deals all around the world! I really do love my profession.

_Gabrielle Martinez, Spain

After lots of research I decided to study at The Ray Cochrane Beauty School for my beauty qualification. It is a small school in the heart of London with small classes, the teaching is phenomenal and you get plenty of practical experience doing clients. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, I was able to get a job in an excellent spa straight after qualifying and a year later I am now setting up my own business. I am absolutely thrilled with the skills, knowledge and friends I gained here. Definitely recommend to anybody looking for a fantastic qualification in a really friendly, easy learning environment.

_Charlotte Whiting-Searle, Kent

I had looked at other beauty schools before choosing Ray Cochrane, what made me decide that it was the right choice was not only the history of the establishment and the great reviews from previous students but also the standard of teaching. At the time I was there we were honored to have Miss Suri present, she was the president of the CIDESCO board and had many great influences on the beauty industry. The classes were small which gave each student confidence that we were getting the attention and help we needed. Although some of the machines were slightly old they did their job and helped us learn the basics of beauty therapy. Dr Skoryk was one of my favourite teachers, she was kind and caring but lead us forward and pushed us when needed. I have very fond memories of the school, they work you hard but it's all worth it in the end as it prepares you for the outside working world and how to present yourself to clients or how to assess situations when there are difficult or dissatisfied clients which is a must for when you are in a new job! I can't thank everyone from Ray Cochrane enough, they have given me more than I expected I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is thinking of going into the beauty industry!

_Estée Chua, London


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