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Beautician in the UK

Published: 28.04.2015, Updated: 05.03.2017
Reklamefotografi kosmetikk

Are you thinking of becoming a beautician when you are finished at school? Would you consider working abroad in an English-speaking country after your apprenticeship is completed? If so, the interview below will give you an idea of what it is like to work as a beautician in England.

Photo: Woman getting make up.Getting make up.

Photo: Woman gets facial treatment.Woman gets facial treatment.

Photo: Woman gets facial treatment.Beauty salon.   


Before listening, use the dictionary to check that you know the meaning of the following words: facial treatment; extraction

Listen to the following interview with a beautician in the UK and find out:

  • Where she works (type of company - large/small, etc).
  • Where about in the UK she works.
  • Why she chose this profession.
  • What type of tasks she has to do on a typical day at work.
  • What personal qualities she suggests are needed by a beautician.
  • Does she describe any work processes or services that she provides?
  • What she likes best and least about her job.
  • How she thinks this line of work will change in the future.
  • Where she sees herself in 5 - 10 years' time.


Beautician- Interview  

Apprenticeship and Training

  1. Find out about becoming a beautician in the UK. Make a table with 3 columns: What does the job involve, the salary, and the qualifications and training required. Below, you will find some useful links. (Search: beautician, beauty therapist)
  2. Now compare a beautician's job and education in the UK with a beautician's job and education in Norway. Utdanning - Yrkesbeskrivelse 



After you have practised, add more dialogue for some of the following situations:

  • The client asks what kind of treatment the beauty therapist would recommend.
  • The client thinks her facial treatment is a bit pricy.
  • The client wants a waxing, but hesitates because she is worried that it is painful.
  • The client is very anxious and tense during treatment. The beauty therapist tries to calm her down.