This one-year course offers the opportunity to develop skills in Beauty Therapy. The course is divided into modules which range from Health and Safety to Manicures and Makeup and from Improving Facial Skin Condition to Providing Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments and Waxing. Students work on each other to gain experience before working on paying clients. Leading manufacturers, suppliers and guest lecturers visit to give lectures.

Meet our students Liza-Jane Lamb

Liza-Jane Lamb

I have immensely enjoyed my time at the College, and thanks to the dedication of the tutors, I will be forging a new career in hairdressing armed with all the skills and attributes needed to be successful in my chosen profession.


Meet our students Nichola Connorton

Nichola Connorton

The course has helped me develop my skills so much and my knowledge on the subject has been expanded. I can’t wait to use my skills within a salon.

Beauty Therapy

  • Description

    Students learn a wide range of basic skills, firstly practising on each other, but quickly moving onto completing treatment on clients.

    Students have the chance to go on external visits to different shows around the country and have guest speakers in to give practical and theory workshops.

    There are practical and theory elements to the course and students have to produce a portfolio of evidence.

    Student attendance must remain above 90% to be successful on the course. It would be helpful for the student to have a kit to practise routines at home and to purchase a textbook to help with homework and assignments. The suggested textbook is The Foundations Beauty Therapy Level 2 7th Edition by Lorraine Nordmann

  • Entry Requirements

    Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level1.

    All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to grade 3 or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.

    Excellent attendance is required (100% expected, minimum 90% acceptable) and full commitment. Students must be prepared to study towards Functional Skills/GCSE English and Maths if they have not already achieved these. Students must have full dexterity, good eyesight (with or without contact lens, glasses or other).

  • Qualification

    VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

  • Progression

    Progression is usually to Level 3 Beauty Therapy or if students choose to go into employment it could be as an apprentice, a cosmetic adviser within a department store, in a salon performing basic beauty treatments, or a mobile Beauty Therapist

  • Assessment

    Observation of practical work on clients, projects, assignments and case studies, written and oral questioning. Students also build a service portfolio of evidence and complete within year graded assessments and an end of year practical synoptic and two online theory exams.

  • Home Study

    Most of the homework can be completed in independent study, larger assignments will be given over holidays, Christmas and Easter breaks.

  • Work Placement

    As well as the taught units the course includes mandatory work experience. Students are encouraged to source their own work experience early in the programme, as it contributes to future progression opportunities.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    Students are expected to wear a uniform whilst carrying out practical activities in the salon. Cost of kit and uniform will be discussed at interview. We do try to get most workshops free, but this is not always possible and there may be a charge to hold one. This will be at a reduced cost for the students and we will give plenty of notice of when these will take place. Additional qualifications may be offered if suitable for the student.

Code Start Fees*
BEAUTYL2 242501 September 2024 Fee Information

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