Have your eyes set on working as a talented facialist? Interested in giving top-notch facials and providing indispensable skincare advice on a day-to-day basis? If you are looking for a course in London to become a facialist, then you are in the right place. Read on our facial course guide and you, yourself can become a facialist. 

What does a facialist do?

A facialist is responsible for providing non-surgical skincare treatments that rejuvenates someone’s skin to boost their health and improve their facial appearance. 

At the beginning of treatment, the facialist will examine and analyse the client’s skin using a magnifying lamp and visor. This is done so the facialist knows which areas to focus on to identify any issues and irregularities during the facial.

Cleansing, exfoliation, massages, masks and peels are all part of the process during the facial treatment.

A facialist provides skincare education to help them have a good skincare regime, use SPF frequently to protect their skin.


Become a facialist with us

At Ray Cochrane Beauty School, we offer a Level 2 Facial and Skin Care course that is accredited by the VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust). NVQ is the former term used for VTCT. 

Our beauty courses are some of the best in London. We provide unique teaching and practicing method will enable us to fast-track the VTCT Level 2 Facial and Skin Care in just 3 weeks. During these weeks, you only need to attend class 1 or 2 days per week with class hours being 10am to 5pm. This is the ideal short beauty course for you if you want to change careers and to gain an accredited beauty qualification. 

The total cost of the course is £700 (this includes tuition, VTCT course registration fee, test, assessment fee, learning pack and uniform). Additional costs are £25 for the facial starter kit. 

Our classes are small on purpose, with a maximum of 14 students in this class to enable our gifted tutors to give each student the attention they deserve and receive the full benefit.

To be eligible to study this course, you need to be at least 18 years old, have a good understanding and knowledge of the English language, a good basic education and you don’t need to worry about having any previous experience as you will be taught everything you need to know. 

We are based a stone’s throw away from Baker Street tube station. With several well-connected transport links, you can rest assured if you are thinking about studying here as it is highly accessible. 

Three images showing students at Ray Cochrane performing massages


On the course, you will learn everything to be able to perform the best facials on clients in your professional beauty therapy career. The main purpose of this qualification is to be able to develop your skill set in beauty therapy to be able to successfully work in a salon or run your own freelance business. Completion of this course will enable you to work as a junior beauty therapist or be self-employed as a beauty therapist. 

In our school, we value our students’ time and financial investment in us which is why we offer flexible payment plans with our beauty courses in partnership with Divido. For the VTCT Level 2 Facial and Skin Care course, you can pay a deposit of £145 and 12 installments for £48.33 a month, allowing you to pay for the course in manageable chunks over the course of a year. This is subject to credit card check and status. 

One of the most important parts on the learning curriculum of the course you will learn is client care and consultation. This is because when you are working in a professional salon environment, how you interact with customers will determine how good at your job you are as your reputation is what will drive forward your business. 

 Other learning objectives on the course include:

  • Theory of the skin
  • Skin Analysis
  • Cleansing, balancing, toning & moisturising
  • Steaming, Extraction and Full Facial Massage
  • Selecting, mixing and applying tailor-made face masques
  • Full facial massage routine
  • The theory in this module involves the anatomy & physiology of the upper torso; including the muscles, bones, blood and nerve supply
  • Client counselling/consultation techniques
  • Facial Massage and Skincare
  • Health, Safety and Hygiene 

What do our past students have to say

Rachel Hanly said “I’ve just completed my Level 2 Course here and I can’t recommend it enough. I had a brilliant time and our teacher Flora was amazing and so supportive! I will be back for level 3 next year!” 

Monika Pisleag said “I have done a lot of research before choosing a beauty school to start my studies. By far, Ray Cochrane seemed to be the perfect place, and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Special thanks to Flora Pitsiali who was my tutor on Level 2. Her knowledge, passion and experience made our lessons very enjoyable. Looking forward to starting my Level 3 soon.”

If you are interested in enrolling onto our next intake that begins on January 8th 2020 then please call 0203 856 8886 or email us at email@raycochrane.co.uk