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VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Course Level: 

Level 2

Job opportunities after this course: 

Upon successful completion of this course candidates can work within the industry as a beauty therapist or progress to Level 3 Beauty Therapy to enhance CV and broaden job opportunities.

Overview of the course: 

This qualification will provide students with the skills and associated underpinning knowledge and understanding to work competently as a beauty therapist. Candidates will work in a real working environment within a commercial salon to complete practical assessments. Theory classes will include all associated underpinning knowledge. Candidates will be required to formulate a portfolio of evidence and will have support and guidance throughout their course.

Entry requirements: 

Applicants must have the necessary personal qualities, communication skills. Applicants must be successful at interview, motivated, committed to maintaining 100% attendance and good appearance and presentation at all times. Learners under 19 years of age will need to complete functional skills or GCSE depending on qualifications already achieved.


Candidates will study: Health and safety, client care and communication, nail art, skin tanning techniques, make- up application, manicure and pedicure treatments, facial and eye treatments and waxing services which include; hot, warm and sugaring techniques. Students will also undertake reception duties and promote products and services to clients.

How is the course assessed?: 

Candidates are required to formulate a portfolio of evidence which includes; photographic work, research, case studies, practical evidence and assignments. Practical assessments will take place continually throughout the course in a real working commercial salon environment. Written assessments take place in the form of independent unit test papers which are scheduled periodically throughout the Beauty Therapy course.

Further study options after this course: 

Upon successful completion candidates can progress to Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or VRQ Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-up.

Length of the course: 

1 Year, Full Time


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2018

More important information about this course:


If you have been a UK resident for the past 3 years and are under the age of 19 on the 31st August, you will not usually need to pay any course fees.

If you are aged 19-23 on the day your main course starts and do not have a level 2 or above qualification you may not have any fees to pay.

If you do have a level 2 or above qualification or you are aged 24 years or over and employed on the day your main course starts fees for this course are payable. However if you are in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance in the Work Related Activity Group or other work related benefit and you are undertaking this qualification to find work, your fees may be paid by the Government.

If you do need to pay fees they are:


Flexible payment options are available, please speak to Student Services.

There is a requirement to purchase equipment for this course. The cost of equipment is around £160. Students with limited income can claim up to 75% of these costs. Further information will be sent to you closer to enrolment in August if you are accepted on to the course.
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (15 Jun 2018 21:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.

Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.

98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
Other comments by students on this course are:

'I have learned a massive variety of treatments at Level 2 and the salon is very professional' - Laura Leigh Level 2 Beauty Therapist

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How to apply: 

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