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About us

We offer classroom and salon based courses.

Sunflower Beauty in Portishead, Bristol

Sunflower Beauty

Phoenix way



BS20 7JX

Telephone: 07729 633758

Katherine is a highly qualified, advanced beauty practitioner, with 35 years' experience. She holds qualifications in beauty therapy, anaesthetics, holistic therapies and nail technology.

At Sunflower Beauty in Portishead, Katherine teaches microblading, semi-permanent make-up, eyelash extensions and nail systems. She has been a PGCE qualified lecturer, assessor and internal verifier for 15 years. She keeps up-to-date with the latest fashion trends and techniques, undertaking regular additional training, as well as attending trade exhibitions and seminars.

Elite Beauty Academy in Banwell

Elite Beauty Academy

Towerhead House



BS29 6PQ

Telephone: 07729 633758

Wendy is a PGCE qualified tutor and lecturer, a VCTC assessor and verifier, as well as a CIBTAC international examiner.

Having worked in further education, lecturing in beauty and complementary therapies for 10 years, Wendy opened Elite Beauty Academy in October 2007. She wanted to deliver high quality and individually tailored flexible teaching programs. Each student receives a full consultation, ensuring they are on the correct course to achieve their goals.

The Academy's Focus 

Our focus is to provide a personal approach to learning in a relaxed and friendly environment, therefore emphasis is placed on providing excellent training within small tutor groups, four students being the maximum.

Elite Tutors are highly qualified, experienced and will offer friendly and supportive advice that will ensure learners have a successful outcome.

If you are completing a VTCT course, after your training day(s), home study and practice is essential to bring your skills and learning to a professional level. You will be required to return to the Academy for a practical assessment and a small multiple choice test to prove your competence before certification, depending on the course you are taking. The student determines the time that this takes however please note there is a two year period for completion.

To conform with health and safety regulations, we would ask you to wear your uniform if you have one. If you are a beginner and do not have one, please wear either black and white, all black or all white. You must have a smart professional appearance, with well manicured short nails, hair must be tied back from the face and your shoes must be flat and sensible for working in.

Refreshments will be available during the day, however you will be required to bring a packed lunch.

Qualifications available

As the centre is accredited by the Guild of Professional Therapists, joining the Guild will enable the student to become a member and gain insurance cover. For further information regarding the annual price, please go to


We are a registered VTCT centre (Vocational Training Charitable Trust), which enables the student to gain a national/international recognised Certificate or Diploma. For further information about VTCT, please visit


When you have decided which course you would like to take, please go to the contact page and fill out the application form. This is where you will find the terms and conditions of training with Elite Beauty Academy. It is the students responsibility to read and abide by these conditions.

Several ways to train

Interest only with a view to working on friends and family

You will be issued with a certificate of attendance from EBA​.

Practising therapists wishing to update or add a new skill

You will be issued with an EBA certificate that will validate insurance through the Guild and enable you to work in the Industry with that skill.

Students wishing to gain a national/international recognised qualification

You will be issued with an EBA certificate and a VTCT Certificate or Diploma. This will require you to complete a portfolio of work, provide several case studies and attend a final assessment day where you will be assessed on both practical and theory (multiple choice test). The student determines the time this takes. Please note there is an extra charge for this option.

The Academy will provide you with a portfolio and clear instructions on how to complete.

dermalogica officially recommended educator

We are pleased to introduce the professional dermalogica range to the Academy for both retail and training purposes.


If you are wishing to work with dermalogica products, you are required to have a professional qualification to ensure you complete the GLH (Guided Learning Hours) for this unit.


Elite offers a four day course approved by dermalogica. The days can be either consecutive or to your choice (one day a week, two days, etc). During the four days, you will work with dermalogica products, cover the ranges required, complete practical assessments, as well as the unit theory paper. You will be provided with a portfolio for you to complete here. Your work will be internally verified and at the end of the four days, we will register for your certificate. Please call to book or for further information.


"After being made redundant from a very stressful job I decided to retrain, but wasn't sure if beauty was for me. I had a consultation with Wendy to find the best qualification and route for me to follow. I started with a taster massage course to see if I liked it. I really enjoyed it and have gone on to complete massage, reflexology and am now studying aromatherapy."

Maxine - Exeter

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