Win a place on LSBM's management course

Next year, the UK’s only spa management degree comes to the big city as University of Derby partners with The London School of Beauty & Make-Up to launch an introductory course at the latter’s East London school, which was taken over by Urban Retreat founder George Hammer earlier this year.

The University Certificate in Spa & Salon Management course comprises three modules, which take four months each and are worth a total of 60 university credits.

1. Understanding the industry: Spa, Salon & Beauty.
2. Business, Finance and Operations
3. Sales, Marketing & People Skills

On completion, students receive a University Certificate, awarded by University of Derby. This is a recognised qualification in its own right but can also be put towards a full degree if students choose to continue studying at the University.

Following two days of introductory seminars at the school, students will be given independent study tasks of key reading, research and work-based tasks that can be carried out in the schools working salon. The programme provides a lead tutor to support students when needed. Assessment is done via online tests, case studies and activities.

The course is designed to equip students with all the practical skills they need to land a job as a spa manager. On completing the course, students will have gained skills including problem solving and analysing the workplace, as well as how to communicate effectively, both verbally and through written reports and presentations.

Competition: kickstart your career for free!

Professional Beauty has teamed up with London School of Beauty and Make-up to offer one reader a free place on the University Certificate in Spa & Salon Management course, worth £4,800.

Entry is open to either existing students or therapists already working in the industry and looking to broaden their skills in order to become a manager. Entrants must be over 18 and educated to NVQ Level 3 or hold five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths.

To be in with a chance, enter online at

Deadline for entry: January 31, 2014

Course start date: March 2014

Course value: £4,800 (inc VAT).

Finalist will be invited to attend a competition day at the London School of Beauty & Make-up, 18-19 Long Lane, London, EC1A 9PL.

Entrants will be contacted after the entry deadline with full details of the competition day including timings and details on proof of entry requirements to bring on the day.

The competition day will involve:

• Individual tours of the school
• An interview with an expert panel, including LSBM owner George Hammer, course leader Claire Edgecombe and Eve Oxberry, editor of Professional Beauty
• All candidates should prepare a 3 to 4-minute presentation based  on the statement “This qualification would enhance my career because…”

Terms and Conditions
The winner agrees to keep a note of their experience and, when required, to provide quotes or telephone interviews for press and social media stories.