Learn and Earn CIDESCO

The ‘Learn and Earn’ course allows you to pay the course fees as you work in one of our four health spas, alongside your training. In just two years you can be a CIDESCO qualified, Champneys Therapist.

Champneys only accepts elite applicants to work alongside training at the Champneys College. Prospective ‘Learn and Earn’ students must show a commitment to their own learning, excellent customer service skills and show adeptness for a career in beauty therapy.

Places are limited to eight students each year at either Champneys Henlow or Champneys Tring or both when deemed necessary. You will sign a loan agreement with Champneys and fees will be pay pack as a proportion of your earnings.

Essential requirements

  • All applicants must be over 18 years of age
  • Have maths and English GCSEs A-C
  • Have a level 3 qualification or equivalent (e.g. A level, BTEC diploma)

Desirable requirements

  • Experience in customer service

Work training balance

Year one

In the first year you will attend college for two and a half days a week, learning body therapy (body massage, figure analysis, body electrical treatments, aromatherapy and other additional subjects). When competent, you will then make up part of the Champneys spa team carrying out treatments on guests.  The spa will organise your rota around College hours, but it will require regular weekend work.

Year two

During the second year you will learn the aesthetics treatments (facials, facial electrical treatments, manicure, pedicure, waxing, makeup and eye treatments). Further CIDESCO requirements will take place in the final summer term.

On completion of the course you will work in the spa for a further 600 hours and receive your CIDESCO diploma once the loan for course fees has been paid.  

How to apply
An application is made to the College for a CIDESCO course. Once an offer is made you can apply to the Champneys group for a place as ‘Learn and Earn’ therapist.

Applications can be made at any time of year but interviews are between June and July – notification of an offer will be made in August.

Fees and payment
If accepted on the ‘Learn and Earn’ programme a down payment of £3,000 is required before the start of the course and the signing of the loan agreement with Champneys. The balance of the fees will then be paid back from your salary whilst working in the spa; this will be approximately one third of your net salary each month.

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Start date 22 September 2014

End date late July 2016

Monday 9.30am - 5.15pm.
Tuesday 9.30am - 7.00pm.
Some late Thursdays and Saturdays are required.

Cost £9750

Other CIDESCO Routes
1 year fast track
2 year part time