CIDESCO - Yorkshire College of Beauty


International Beauty Therapy Diploma. Comité International D’Esthétique et de Cosmétologie.

Since 1983, The Yorkshire College of Beauty has delivered the CIDESCO Post Graduate Course Level 3 and in the process has produced countless highly professional beauty therapists. CIDESCO is the World Standard for Beauty and Spa Therapy, making this diploma extremely sought after by employers all around the globe, opening up a world of career opportunities for graduates. Completion of this course is a mark of an incredibly high achievement, showing an exceptional level of skill and knowledge, that can carry you to a huge number of positions within the industry.

About this Course

This course runs full time over 11 months, including not only the prestigious CIDESCO qualification but also CIBTAC and ITEC Diplomas which are both UK qualifications recognized internationally.

Students are taught to the highest qualified professional standards by highly qualified and supportive tutors.

The course is taught 4 days a week covering the theory, practical, salon practice elements and home study which is required for assignments/projects and revision.

11 Months

4 days
a Week

Level 2 & 3

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  • We accept students aged 16 and over.

    No previous beauty related experience is required, however the following is needed to enrol:

    • A high command of the English Language for communication, reading and writing.
    • Successful interview with Training Manager
    • Photo Identification (ie passport)
    • Completed application and enrolment forms
  • Start date in the academic year.

    Attendance must be maintained above 95% in order to successfully achieve your Diploma.

    Register your interest, call our Admissions Team on 0113 250 9507 or email to register your interest and receive more information on our September and February intakes.


    This is an 11 month learning programme, 4 days a week – 9:00 am-5:00pm. Please refer to course timetable when on programme.

  • Modules include:

    • Aesthetics including facial electrical machines
    • Body Treatments including massage and body electrical machines
    • Figure diagnosis
    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Business
    • Cosmetic Science
    • You will be required to complete your CIDESCO project (4000 words)

    Throughout your training you will take examinations in both Cibtac and iTec (Aesthetics and Body Therapy, Electrolysis).

    Level 2

    • Manicures
    • Pedicures
    • Facials
    • Eye Treatments
    • Waxing
    • Make-up
    • Salon Reception Duties
    • Follow Health & Safety Practice in the Salon
    • Client care & communication
    • Infection Prevention & Sanitisation

    Level 3

    • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Diet Exercise & Nutrition
    • Heat Treatments
    • Figure diagnosis
    • Facial & Body Electrotherapy
    • Swedish Body Massage
    • Indian Head Massage
    • Massage using pre-blended aromatherapy oils
    • Stone Therapy Massage
    • Electrolysis
    • Monitor Health & Safety in the Salon
    • Client Care & Communication


    • Business studies
    • Advanced facial machines
    • Body Wraps, Body Scrubs
    • Cosmetic Science
    • Advanced product training with Dermalogica and Skin Serious
  • On completion of your course, you can look forward to a very special ceremony.

    The award ceremony of special individual student awards will take place once everyone has been presented with their diplomas.

    The individual awards include:

    • Student of the year
    • Highest academic achiever
    • Most promising therapist

Payment Plans Available Upon Request

Success Story

Arezoo Kaviani - 'Beauty Therapist to the Stars'

Arezoo started training at the Yorkshire College of Beauty in 1985 and graduated with the prestigious CIDESCO International Diploma one year later. She then worked at prestigious places like Harrods London or ran celebrity hairstylist Nicky Clarkes beauty salon in Knightsbridge. You can visit Arezoo’s website here:

“The CIDESCO Course covers all aspects of beauty therapy training to a very high standard which is renowned both nationally and internationally as the worlds elite qualification. Twenty years ago, I opened my own salon in Knightsbridge. My career has been very exciting and has involved many television appearances and editorial articles. I can not recommend the Yorkshire College of Beauty in Leeds highly enough their standard is World Class.“

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Call our Team on 0113 250 9507 or email to register your interest and receive more information about our courses.