introducing ITEC beauty therapy diploma course instead of CIBTAC at Ray Cochrane Beauty School

We are very excited to announce that we will be offering an International ITEC Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma Course, in place of CIBTAC, starting in October 2021!

What is an ITEC Course/Qualification?

ITEC provides leading international qualifications, specialising in Beauty & Spa Therapy, Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies, Sports & Fitness Training and Customer Service with centres worldwide.

Two years ago, VTCT acquired ITEC Awarding Organisation and ITEC branded qualifications are now awarded by VTCT. VTCT is officially recognised by Ofqual – Recognition Number: RN5198. 

Founded in 1973 in the UK by Dr William Arnold-Taylor, ITEC (as part of VTCT) is a government-regulated awarding organisation, responsible for the award of qualifications in 2,000 centres in the UK, Ireland and 40 countries around the world.

Why are we changing from CIBTAC to iTEC?

Traditionally, Ray Cochrane Beauty School has offered both CIBTAC and CIDESCO qualifications to our full-time students. 

As we already offer VTCT qualifications, and with VTCT acquiring iTEC, we feel that a better service could be provided to our students, by streamlining our examinations boards.

While CIBTAC offers excellent qualifications, we feel that VTCT (iTEC) offer more career-progressive qualifications with flexible learning, excellent student support resources, and are more widely recognised on a global scale. 

Our experienced team of teachers have taught many different qualifications and worked with many examination boards, so this will be a smooth transition. 

The examination process is very similar to CIBTAC’s; therefore students can expect the same high quality and standards with ITEC.

Will ITEC qualifications work well with CIDESCO for the full-time course?

We have not taken this decision lightly; in fact, we have been looking into this changeover for 5 years. 

During this time, we have considered all of the different iTEC qualifications and we feel we have chosen the best possible Diplomas. They not only prepare our students for the industry but will also help to prepare them for their CIDESCO examinations.

As we said above, the ITEC Diplomas are very similar to the CIBTAC Diploma, certificate and award we were previously offering to our full-time students. We feel the offering all Diploma options for our students for Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy will better serve them in the industry when they are looking to gain employment.

What will the ITEC qualifications be?

We will be offering the following qualifications in place of our CIBTAC quals:

  1. ITEC Level 2 Diploma for Beauty Specialists
  • Skincare and eye treatments
  • Make-up
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Waxing
  • Professional conduct and business awareness
  1. ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Body Treatments
  • Swedish massage
  • Figure diagnosis and body electrical treatments
  • Anatomy and physiology
  1. ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Facial Electrical Treatments
  • Facial Electrical Treatments

How can I enrol?

You can enrol on the new ITEC/CIDESCO International Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma course by contacting the school office directly via:

Telephone: 0207 486 6291


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