Ray Cochrane Beauty academy in London

At our beauty academy, we aim to give the very best education to those who want to be the best beauticians they can be.

Since our doors opened in 1954, we have been one of the highest rated beauty academies in London, teaching aspiring beauticians who go on to have exceptional careers in the field. As a small, independent academy we are able to provide more attention to individual students to make sure they receive all the help they need during their time with us.

On average, we are rated a full 5 golden stars on Google Reviews which is no surprise to us because we know we are the best and we appreciate the kind words our former students have expressed about us.

You may be sitting there thinking we’re just tooting our own trumpet, but our students speak for themselves. Here are the reasons why we are one of the most well-renowned beauty academies in the country:

We help students looking to go down the beauty therapy career pathway

As you go through life, you go through many changes. One of these may include reaching you the point of wanting something new and different in your career.

Former alumni Lisa Knight said “I want to say a huge thank you to Karina. She has given me the confidence to pursue a career change and carry out laser hair removal after completing Level 4.

Laser Hair Removal and IPL Skin Rejuvenation course. It was worth the weekly trip to London from Southampton. I would highly recommend using Ray Cochrane to others and I will probably return in the future.”

We welcome international students completely visa-free

The CIDESCO International Beauty Diploma Course and CIBTAC Professional Beauty Therapy Diploma are internationally recognised which makes our institution one of the most sought after beauty academy in London for international students. For students to take our courses they don’t need to worry about obtaining a visa to gain their qualifications.

Level 4 Laser and IPL graduate, Diana said “The staff at school were supportive and attentive. The material was presented in an easy and understanding way which is very important for students from came abroad, I was fascinated with the practical part and it was a lot of practice by the way. I can say for sure, all students will obtain the knowledge and skills by the end of course. The school was one of the best places in London to study something new I have ever experienced.”

We give students the confidence to start their own businesses

Supporting our students’ business aspirations is incredibly important to us. We want to enhance our students’ confidence levels in whatever path they take and that includes starting their own businesses.

Ming Nu Tan studied Level 2, 3 & 4 of the VTCT Beauty Diploma with us where she was able to grow in not only her skills but her confidence to start her own business. “Ms Marley is an amazing tutor and we were lucky enough to have her. She was always very supportive, helpful and patient in making sure we properly understood our syllabus. She’s extremely knowledgeable and (aside from practical) I feel that I’ve learned a lot about physiology and anatomy as well. Thanks to her help I feel that I have grown so much as an aesthetician (despite being in this industry for a little less than a year). She provided me with the tools in which I’m now confident enough to start my own beauty business despite coming from a strategic planning background.”

Alexandra Ciurariu also studied Level 2, 3 and 4 of the VTCT Beauty Therapy Diploma I can’t recommend this beauty therapy school enough. All my tutors were very patient, knowledgeable, professional, and passion to deliver as much as they can in order to prepare myself and other classmates to deliver the best beauty treatments. Also, the school takes care of you even after you finish your beauty courses and help you to set up your own business. I now set up my own beauty salon at Pimlico Clinic specializing facials, body massage, nails, waxing and microdermabrasion at more. Just over 3 months, my treatments are fully booked in advance. All my customers are very impressed with my beauty skills and techniques. I am very proud of being a beauty student at Ray Cochrane Beauty School.”

We also help those who already have their own businesses to uplevel to skills and our flexible study option allows them to still run their businesses whilst building their expertise.

First-time salon owner Hannah Khan came to us to earn a qualification to perform to laser therapy “I was so nervous because it’s my first business so I came to Ray Cochrane school for my laser training. I can honestly say this was the only school in the UK who used the latest tech to teach there student most other schools that I looked at had old laser machines so out of date that there wasn’t a point of even learning on them. Their teacher always adapted to your circumstances so some classes I couldn’t make due to my business however they always bent backwards by doing an extra hour for me on another day I can not stress honestly how good these guys are and I hope you guys read properly about each school before you join to do your courses….good luck everyone!!!”.

We offer flexible payment options

How does a 12 months interest-free finance option sound? A relief? We thought so. That’s why we allow students to pay in monthly installments over the course of a year with Omni Capital Retail Finance. These flexible payments are ideal for those who want to study but are unable to pay the course fee in the full amount.

We understand it can be difficult for some students to cover the costs whilst studying.

Everyone who’s interested in having a career in beauty therapy or those looking to update their skills should be able to without a financial burden deterring them from signing up to the course to get qualified.

You can find out more about our flexible payment methods here.

Student performing a Manicure
A student performing a manicure as part of their Level 2 Beauty exam


We care about our students’ career goals and help them get their foot in the door

We love having our students here and seeing them grow in their skills and knowledge, it’s our highest priority to make sure that they are set to be accomplished beauticians in the working world. Which is why we are connected with a number of establishments in the city to be able to get our students jobs after they graduate.

Graduate Evgeniq Hristova said “The school helped me to find a job. As far as I know, many salons send them job opportunities and they pass to the students.  The school has a great name in London and I definitely recommend it.”

One of our international students, Gabrielle Martinez said “After completing my CIDESCO course, I returned 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.”

Some of the sparkling Google reviews we received from former students:

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So, those are just some of the glowing reasons from our very own students on exactly why we are a 5-star beauty school.

Interested in becoming an all-star beautician? Study with us today!