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Learn all the skills you need to succeed with our beauty training courses

Nikki’s Beauty Academy & Salon in Ilford is teaching the next generation of beauty therapists.


Our courses

We offer a wide range of beauty courses certified with BABTAC and VTCT NVQ.
Our BABTAC short courses are ideal for beginners or those looking to refresh their knowledge. Our VTCT NVQ diploma courses are available in levels 1, 2, and 3.

Special offers are available on selected courses. Contact us to find out more.

Course length

Level 2 and 3 VTCT courses take 4 - 6 months

BABTAC courses can be completed within 1-2 days


BABTAC  certified courses

VTCT Level 2

VTCT Level 2 diploma in complementary therapies

Level 2 BABTAC

BABTAC manicure and pedicure course

VTCT Level 3

VTCT Level 3 diploma in complementary therapies

VTCT Level 2

VTCT Level 2 in beauty therapy general

VTCT Level 1

VTCT Level 1 certificate in beauty therapy


BABTAC body massage course


Short courses

Our team have been providing short courses to our customers for many years. Upon completion of any of the short courses, a certificate of training is issued by: B.A.B.T.A.C

  • Anatomy & physiology - 30 hours

  • Express facials minimum - 16 hours

  • Manicure/pedicure - minimum 16 hours

  • Eyelash & brow tinting - 8 hours

  • Waxing – legs & face - 16 hours

  • Body massage - 30 hours

  • Indian head massage - 16 hours

  • Reflexology - 30 hours

  • Hot stone massage - 8 hours

A great academy to study beauty

"I came across Nikki’s Beauty Academy & Salon by chance when I first moved to London, it turned out to be the best thing. I signed up to do VTCT Level 2 Beauty Therapy which was great, so in-depth and plenty of practical experience. The great thing about being at this Academy is that I didn't have to worry about finding clients to perform treatments on as Nikki had her regular clients who were more than happy for us to practise and carry out assessments on. Both Nikki and Madison were very patient and great at explaining things if I was unsure.

I was so happy with the VTCT Level 2 course I signed up for VTCT Level 3 straight after. After I had completed both courses I managed to get a job as a beauty therapist in Central London. I would definitely recommend Nikki’s Beauty Academy & Salon to anyone planning on becoming a beauty therapist. It's a great environment and both Nikki and Madison have great knowledge and even after you finish the course they are always there to help if you need it."


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Assessing and IQA for centres

You will get an assessor to assess your learners as well as an internal verifier in a package. Call or email us to find out more.


To book a place on one of our beauty training courses email or call 020 8553 0868.