Champneys Beauty College

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"Massage and beauty training in stunning surroundings. We have courses for all including the fast track diploma with guaranteed employment at Champney"



Discover one of the UK’s leading beauty therapy training colleges, set within the spacious grounds of Champneys Health Spa, Tring in Hertfordshire.

Our acclaimed college was founded in 1976 and has built a name as one of the country’s finest training colleges. We are proud of our reputation for having an outstanding examination success rate, delivering consistently high standards and producing beauty therapists with all-round professionalism.

Progress your career while gaining valuable qualifications. Our latest intake of students achieved a 100% pass rate in both their ITEC and CIDESCO practical examinations. Our graduates are guaranteed employment within the Champneys Group, leaving us with the highest level of qualifications available and skills and experience to take the most prestigious jobs in the industry.

Nestled in the heart of rural Hertfordshire, Champneys Beauty College lies between the towns of Tring, Berkhamsted and Chesham, within easy reach from London.

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Subject strengths

We are a leading college for beauty therapy training in the UK with courses in:

  • Beauty Therapy - full time and part time
  • Massage therapy
  • Indian head massage
  • Hot stone massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Facial electrotherapy
  • Body electrotherpy
  • Facial skincare
  • Waxing
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Make-up
  • Specialist make-up
  • Theatrical make-up
  • Spa and salon management
  • Teacher training

Student life

Studying at Champneys Beauty College is a unique experience. The college building located in the grounds of the renowned Champneys Health Spa at Tring, dates back to 1925 and has been a college since 1976. We are a small and friendly college with an emphasis on excellence in teaching and an enjoyable environment to study. 

Champneys trained aestheticians and therapists are regarded within the industry as exceptionally professional and highly qualified. Along with the reputation that the Champneys name brings, our graduates are able to take the most prestigious jobs available. 

Our mission is to not only provide world class qualifications, but to support your dreams and aspirations through innovative teaching and learning within an inspiring, well-resourced and most of all fun, fulfilling environment. 

We want our students to feel that they are developing on all levels. From the minute details of anatomy and physiology to turning the ambition of owning a salon into a concrete business plan, we have a course to suit beauty therapists at all stages of their career.

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As valued members of the world renowned Champneys, Champneys College students enjoy special benefits at the Tring Health Spa.

Use of resort facilities: Students can use all gym facilities, including all classes, changing rooms, showers and towels.Other areas of the resort may only be used during spa days or residential stays. 

Times of use: before 9am and after 5pm, 7 days per week.

Staff canteen (chargeable): Well-balanced cooked food and a salad bar are available from the resort canteen, Monday to Friday 12 noon to 2.00pm. 


Boutique and Champneys products: Students receive 50% off Champneys products and 20% off non-Champneys branded items sold at the health spas.

Spa days: 50% discount on all spa days and spa breaks (valid Mon-Fri. Also at weekends subject to availability and incur a £25 supplement.) 

Residential stays: 50% discount off any midweek stay of two nights or more.

Any extra treatments during a spa day or residential stay 50% discount for students.

There are no discounts at weekends or in relation to special offers at any time.


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Champneys Beauty College is located in the leafy grounds of the Champneys Health Spa in Tring, close to Berkhamsted, Chesham and under an hour from London.

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How to enrol

Send an enquiry and we will contact you with details of the course you are interested in or book you onto an open day.

Enrolment is by application form - for our full time courses you will come in for an interview before you receive your offer letter. For courses without an interview we will send the enrolment paperwork on receipt of the application form.

For most courses a deposit of 25% of the course fee is due on enrolment with the balance payable 6 weeks before the start date. 

For weekend courses the fees are due 4 weeks before the course starts.

Instalment payments are available for most courses. We are also a registered provider of Professional and Career Development Loans. Please contact us for details of either of these ways to pay.




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Open days

We run an open day on a Saturday every month - this is your opportunity to visit the college, see the students in action working on clients and have an individual appointment with a senior member of staff to discuss your course options. 

If you can't make the open day we would be happy to arrange a visit at a time to suit you during the week. Call us on 01442 291336 to discuss a suitable time with our enrolments team.

Student story


Growing up, Lauren Carney heard her mother talk about her positive experiences as a student at Champneys College. So when it was time for Lauren to embark on her own educational journey, she knew exactly where to start.

"My mum is proud to be a Champneys College alumni," said Lauren. "She told me all about the experiences she had and how it had stood her in good stead for the future. Champneys College has a wonderful reputation - a reputation that dates back to 1976, when it was founded. And I wanted to be part of that."

Lauren was one of seven students, plus two CIDESCO Diploma successes, to graduate from the recent 10-month CIDESCO Fast Track programme; an intensive course with an extended syllabus and a minimum of 1,300 college hours. Graduating with the following qualifications, CIDESCO Diploma in Beauty Therapy, ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Treatments, ITEC Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Beauty Therapy and ITEC Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Skincare, Lauren was also named Therapist of the Year. 

"I was delighted to have won the Spring 2016 Therapist of the Year," added Lauren. "It was very intense and you're worked very hard, but you also get a lot of support and guidance. The training at Champneys College is fantastic and I loved every minute of the programme."

"I’ve learned so much about the beauty industry and I feel confident in using my skills to the best of my ability. I'm ready for the next chapter of my career and looking forward to establishing myself within the beauty industry. I know that my mum is very proud."

Lauren's mother, Carole Carney, graduated from Champneys College in 1988 and was named as the top CIDESCO Student in the process. Now in its 40th year, the Champneys College continues to go from strength-to-strength and is widely recognised as one of the UK's leading beauty colleges.

"The college has a long history of success," explained Carole. "And my daughter Lauren and I are part of that, which is nice. I was delighted to have been named the top CIDESCO Student in 1988, and I was extremely proud of Lauren too, who graduated some 28 years after I did. 

Lauren is now setting up her own mobile beauty therapy business.

"The training that the students receive at Champneys Beauty College is renowned within the industry and therefore very beneficial when choosing a career in health and beauty. As a former student and the mother of a recent graduate, I couldn't recommend the college enough."

Most of the graduates, who joined from all over the UK, will now go on and work within the Champneys Group. With one graduate planning to set up her own salon in Portugal. 

Among the Champneys alumni, former students have not only gone on to make an impact at Champneys - including current College Principal Rachel Halling - but also further afield, with key positions held at the likes of Vogue, Estee Lauder and Elemis.

Carole Lindsay, CIDESCO Qualification Development Manager added: "Champneys College aims for quality, employability and fulfilment. I have examined all over the world and Champneys are up there with the best. Their therapists are well regarded in the industry - they are exceptionally professional and highly qualified."


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Contact details

Chesham Road
HP23 6HY  
(Sat nav users - use the postcode HP23 6HX)
01442 291336