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.

At London Ray Cochrane Beauty School we offer the highest standard beauty qualification teaching alongside our in-house student salon. Students will get to work on actual clients in a professional and real working environment, supervised and supported by our tutors who have years of experience in beauty salon and spa. 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 Diploma you will need to complete 4 modules across an 11 month period.
The modules are:
  • 1 Aesthetic Treatments including Facial electrical machines
  • 2 Body Treatments including Swedish body massage and electrical machines
  • 3 Figure Diagnosis
  • 4 Anatomy and Physiology

Each module involves practical and theory work. As this is a professional qualification recognised around the world, theory work is essential. It may sound scary but we teach it in small digestible chunks and build you up slowly but surely. This way it is manageable and it can be more interesting. Once you understand the theory, the practical work makes more sense and that helps to make you a better Beauty Therapist.

Practical work involves taking what you have learned in theory and practicing on your fellow classmates first, then 2 days a week you will work with real clients in the school’s salon. As you progress through the course, we will work with you so that you are able to use tools and equipment competently and safely. You will carry out a wide range of essential treatments to the highest standards, which has made The Ray Cochrane Beauty School internationally recognised as a flagship CIDESCO training centre.

Entry Requirements

We accept students aged 18 and over

No previous experience is required

A good basic education

Good command of the English language

02 This course is full time
You can study this course on a full-time basis; Monday-Wednesday 9:30 am – 4:45 pm and Thursday 9:30-6:30/8pm.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, you will Study Aesthetics:

  • Skincare
  • Facial Electrical Machines
  • Business
  • Electrical Science
  • Manicure/Pedicure
  • Waxing
  • Generics

On Wednesdays you will Study Body Treatments:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Swedish Body Massage
  • Body Electrical Treatments
  • Figure Diagnosis

Thursdays are Student Salon Day; this is when clients come into the school to get treatments done by our 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 our 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 completing a variety of treatments. You will only begin to work on clients after 3 months of practical and theory work in class. Until then, Thursday is your day to go over what you didn’t understand from the lessons taught that week either theory or practical.

You can experience Student Salon day by acting as the receptionist (to give you the experience of how busy a salon reception can be and also work with our booking system) or working alongside our senior students with their clients so that you may observe them or help them with their treatments.

CIBTAC or ITEC examinations are held after 8 months of study and then you carry on your program with CIDESCO. The CIDESCO program in addition to all of the above subjects includes:

  • Chemistry- Organic Chemistry
  • Knowledge of Cosmetic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Science
  • Additional subjects like- Hot stone massage
  • Indian Head Massage
  • Body exfoliation
  • Back cleansing treatment
  • Microcurrent
  • Guinot Hydradermie Facial
  • Dermalogica Partnership Training
  • Threading
  • Gel polish application
  • Microdermabrasion
  • CIDESCO Project (4000 words on an area of your choice related to Beauty Therapy)
03 Where will this course take me?
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. Before we talk about what career options are available to you take a look at what some of our past graduates have to say about this course.

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, 18 Oct 2021 Baker Street 4 days per week 11 Months 2
05 Payment options
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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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