LIZZIE FRAZER (USA) CIBTAC INTERNATIONAL COURSE LEVEL 2/3, 2014
I am American and had the opportunity of receiving an Esthetician license in the States. However, when I found out about the CIBTAC/CIDESCO program, I had a change of heart. I researched two other schools in England besides OICB. I then decided that OICB was the best fit for me! OICB was very accommodating and they care for their students very much. As a foreigner, I had no idea what to expect and was very intimidated by the fact that I would be living in a different country and wasn’t sure how the transition was going to pan out! OICB was very clear on each step I needed to take in the moving process and connected me to other past American OICB students who had gone through the visa application to aid in any further inquires I may have had. Although the visa process was slightly long, it was worth it!
Living in the student accommodation is just like moving away to University! You are surrounded by other girls attending the course so you are able to help each other out with studying and are given the opportunity to build strong friendships with fellow future skin care therapists! Living in Europe for 10 months was such a fantastic experience. I loved visiting London, Leicester and taking regular trips to Oxford was such fun. Witney is such a lovely town, I felt safe and comfortable and enjoyed living near the beautiful Cotswolds.
Looking back, I am so glad I went abroad to do CIBTAC/CIDESCO instead studying in the States. I had a great time at OICB and was provided with an excellent education and experience in all aspects in the beauty industry!
As I enjoyed my CIBTAC Level 2 course so much, I chose to come back to take the advanced CIBTAC Level 3 course. At the end of my Level 3 course I was entered into the CIDESCO exams and I was thrilled to find out I passed with flying colours! I am so highly qualified now and although I still had to apply for the State Esthetician exam when I returned home, I would have had to sit that exam wherever I studied, even in the States. I am now qualified to work in multiple countries all over the globe with my CIBTAC and CIDESCO qualifications and have an enviable reputation from studying in Europe! OICB is the perfect school to receive a beauty therapy license, and I highly recommend the school for anyone looking for that international experience and a bit of an adventure!
ADERONKE ADEOVE (NIGERIA) CIBTAC INTERNATIONAL COURSE LEVEL 2/3, 2014
OICB is the beauty college par excellence. As an international student, I wanted a college that would award me world class certification and good value for money. I not only got that, I also acquired the skill to work with the highest standards and professional ethics. I was taught the importance of self discipline, empathy towards clients, and given great insights and advice on how to grow and also run a business. The OICB curriculum prepares students to be confident and capable in their very first jobs.
GEMMA FITCH (UK) CIDESCO/CIBTAC 10 MONTH COURSE, 2013/2014
I have always been interested in beauty. A highly qualified beautician, who has been in the industry for over 30 years recommended OICB to me, in particular the CIBTAC and CIDESCO courses. This was the best decision I could have made to complete the course and cannot emphasis how highly OICB is thought of in the beauty industry.
After qualifying in June 2014 I sent my CV off to many local spas and salons. All of which asked me to attend an interview, which I feel is down to OICB’s outstanding reputation.
My present employer prefers applicants with at least 2 years experience. However after carrying out research into OICB, she was extremely impressed and arranged for me to come in for an interview. Following a successful interview and a glowing reference from the college I was offered the job.
I am extremely happy, I have been on Decléor training arranged through work and recently returned to OICB to attend the Reflexology course with the full support of my employer. I have been praised for excellent standards, which I have achieved through hard work and due to the high quality training at OICB.
OICB is a great start for anyone interested in the beauty industry and welcoming if you wish to return to do any additional courses.
SUSAN RAISBECK - SALON OWNER - NVQ3 EVENING COURSE 2014
5 star college! I have sent 2 apprentices to this college and I am very impressed with the high standard of teaching and how the students are taught to be well groomed and disciplined in their work. The standards are extremely high and the graduation dinner gives the students a sense of achievement.s are taught to be well groomed and disciplined in their work.
The standards are extremely high and the graduation dinner gives the students a sense of achievement.
I have just finished a Swedish Massage NVQ Level 3 course myself at this college. I’ve got the bug now! Hot Stone Massage course next! Really enjoyed the class, getting to know other students and Heidi is a great teacher!
GEMMA MACMILLAN (UK) NVQ2/3 EVENING COURSE 2013/15
I decided that I wanted to study beauty therapy as I was just starting my family and wanted a career that would fit around being a mother. I also love working with people and wanted a skill that would allow me a regular interaction with people. Sadly I couldn’t sacrifice my income to study the full time CIDESCO course which I would have loved, but found the perfect course for me at the OICB where I could study alongside my full-time job.
At a time in my life where I was trying to settle into dealing with three children under the age of two I needed an escape and have some “me time” so every Tuesday night I spent three hours with people of all different ages, from all parts of the county studying beauty therapy. I remember sitting in my white uniform doing my first finger nail paint thinking why didn’t I do this sooner!? I really believe this college offers something for everyone, don’t think it’s too late or worry that you won’t fit in because they have got it all covered! I am now working part time in a skincare clinic and I’m enjoying being part of the beauty industry, there is still so much to learn so having completed my NVQ2 last year I am now studying my NVQ 3 and don’t plan on stopping there!
ZOE LIGHT (UK) CIDESCO/CIBTAC COURSE 2011/12
An excellent beauty school! As a graduate in 2012 I felt confident going into my first beauty therapist job role and was told that my skills seemed more advanced than having just left college. OICB teaches you everything you need to know and more! The CIDESCO diploma is a worthwhile investment if you want the best qualification and training in the industry.
CATHERINE PRESTIDGE (UK) CIDESCO/CIBTAC 2006/07
5* An outstanding college!! After training here I have now been able to open up my very own beauty salon in Kidlington called Prestidge Beauty. Everyone at the college are so lovely and really make sure you are the BEST beauty therapist that you could be – would not recommend anywhere else!!
ANNY K (RUSSIA) CIDESCO COURSE 2013-14
I decided to have a career change and follow my long term dream after I had worked as graphic designer and had 2 children. I was very happy to have found OICB where I started realizing my dreams.
My decision to study at OICB has changed my life forever and made me realise that it is truly said – “Better late than never!” During the course I received a lot of help for the great teaching staff. I learned how to be my best at college and achieve high results whilst also managing a busy home life and still looking after my children and husband and house.
When I started at OICB in 2012 I took the NVQ 2 Evening class because my children we still young. But I wanted more and more information and I just felt beauty therapy was for me, so I made the big decision to join the full time course after I graduated. I was so excited to have been awarded the NVQ student of the Year 2013 which gave me even more confidence that I was making the right decision to make this my future career!
I am very proud to say that I have now graduated from Oxford International College of Beauty with CIDESCO, CIBTAC and NVQ 2 qualifications! I am very much looking forward to my career ahead, I am confident I can make it a success!
I would like to encourage anybody who is thinking about studying at OICB and to have a career change that it is all possible at any age! Where there’s a will, there’s a way and the teachers will do their best to support you in your studies.
SOFYA C (RUSSIA) CIDESCO COURSE 2012-13
The very first time I saw and visited the OICB made me fall in love with the place. It is located in an extremely pleasant and scenic village of Witney just outside the city of Oxford. Although it has a charming classical look on the outside it is very modern and up-to-date inside with all the latest features of a contemporary beauty and cosmetology salon.
As soon as my studies began I knew that I had picked the right place for myself. The whole educational process is cleverly constructed as the vital theoretical part of the course is mixed with regular and substantial amount of practical work. The college has its own student salon where new students start to practice their skills on real clients within a month from starting their studies. Straight away it gives the students confidence and experience they need to be ready for the demanding work environment after the course.
The staff was exceptionally friendly and understanding. They approached each student individually and were always happy to give advice on latest beauty treatments and techniques. We also had the chance to listen to a number of invited lecturers from many areas of contemporary beauty industry.
I thoroughly enjoyed my year and it was a tremendous honour to be chosen the “CIDESCO Student of the Year”. This course has given me the direction for my future career and I hope to bring all my experience and knowledge into starting my own business in Russia.
TSITSI N (BOTSWANA) CIBTAC + CIDESCO COURSE 2013
I had always wanted to study Beauty Therapy and especially CIDESCO when I was younger but always postponed it. When I was 26 I decided that it is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I did it! That is the beauty about the beauty industry! Ha ha! There is no age limit to reach for your dreams!
I am from Botswana, all the way in Southern Africa so being at OICB was very far from home but I made Witney my new home for 10 months. Such a cute small town with warm people around you. I remember arriving and Erika picking me up and taking me to my house on Moorland Road, which I shared with 3 other students, I still keep in touch with them too. It was such a beautiful little place fit for a student and even better than most student accommodations. I found the college online when I googled CIDESCO accredited colleges. There were so many colleges all over the world but I was drawn to England because English is my first language and there are many cultural similarities. I looked at so many colleges in the UK in general and I kept going back to the OICB website, there was something special about those girls with full make up, tied back hair and that crispy clean white uniform. They looked so professional and I knew right then that this was a type of college I would like to be associated with.
I decided I wanted to do CIBTAC and CIDESCO, which were not easy courses, but with the guidance and mentorship of all the tutors I was well on my way to good results. I also really liked how we did progress reports and one on ones with tutors, that way you know your weak areas and to work on them too. I took on Electrolysis, which I was petrified of but my teacher Helen had more faith in me than I did in myself and she pushed me beyond my limits and I aced the exam! It just goes to show what hard work and dedication pay off!!
My favourite days were student salon days where we got to interact with real clients and put knowledge to the test!!! Lizzie was the best at getting us prepped up for exams and industry. She spoilt us……maybe I wasn’t supposed to say that. Oooppps……We used to have to clean our working area, and we hated it but now that I am working in a salon, I realise what a valuable lesson that is and I’m glad college instilled that within us because you literally clean up after yourself, and make sure the rest of the salon is clean too. “So listen to everything you are told, it is for your own good, and they really do know best!”
All said and done I had an amazing time and experience and it was one of the best years of my life! Not only did I pass my exams but I’m now living and working for ‘The London Orchid’ Salon based in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur. It is owned by an OICB graduate and we use all UK based products like Elemis and Sienna X spray tanning! College helped to get us all fantastic jobs and that’s another perk about being an OICB graduate! You are head hunted! Industry says we are the “BEST”. I started work beginning of December and I am working my way towards my CIDESCO hours, which is so exciting!! I have bigger plans in the pipeline and with my qualifications the sky is the limit!!!!
NB! We are looking forward to having girls over to Malaysia for work experience.
ELLIE C (SUSSEX, UK) CIDESCO COURSE 2013-14
JULIE TALBOT, OXFORDSHIRE, UK
JENNY MILLAR, STEINER RECRUITMENT MANAGER UK
NICOLE SOJKA ECHABARNE, CALIFORNIA, USA
JASMITA THAKERSEE, UK
ROXANNE SOLOMON, UK
DIANA PARKES, SOUTH AFRICA
JESSICA MEE, YORKSHIRE, UK
LEAH FENNELL, BUCKINGHAMSHIRE, UK
ANN ASHLEY, OXFORD, UK
FATMA RAMJEAN, DUBAI, SAUDI ARABIA
ELLIE OSMOND, SALISBURY, UK
KIRSTY WHARTON, BARBADOS, CARRIBEAN
SOPHIE HICKS-LEWIS, STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, UK
EMMA SARGEANT, LONDON, UK
JAIMIE-LEE BURFORD, TRINIDAD, CARRIBEAN
GEMMA JACKSON, LEICESTERSHIRE, UK
ZOE LA-ROCHE, OXFORD, UK
KIMMY VIERA, ST VINCENT, CARRIBEAN
Thanks to all at OICB I am now enjoying life as a Spa Manager on the beautiful island of Malta!”