Beauty Therapy (Level 2) | New College Courses

Beauty Therapy (Level 2)

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  • The Course

If you love the idea of making clients feel good and look their best, have a steady hand and enjoy pampering people then choosing beauty therapy is a good career move. You will be based in Distinction Salons within the college where you will study all aspects of your course.


After completing your Level 2 course you can continue on to study Beauty Therapy at Level 3 choosing the Electrical Therapy or Holistic Massage route or one of the connected routes into Hairdressing, Make-up or Performing Arts. You may also choose to gain employment in the industry and study at level 3 on a work based apprenticeship programme.


  • Course Requirements

You must have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at Grade C, including English or Maths at Grade 4 or GCSE Grade C. If you have other qualifications they may be taken into consideration when assessing course requirements. Whilst we welcome applications from adult learners with no previous subject knowledge enrolment will be subject to an interview to determine prior learning.


You should have a genuine interest in working in the Beauty sector. High standards of personal presentation are expected in the industry and you should be ready to demonstrate a professional manner and appearance at all times. As part of the course you will practise all services with other learners so you should be prepared to take part in giving and receiving all beauty treatments.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.

  • Study Programme

You will complete the course over one with much of this time spent developing your practical skills in our dedicated training suite. You will also learn the essential underpinning knowledge to support each unit including detailed human anatomy and physiology. Units include:


Facial skincare

Manicure and pedicure treatments

Eye treatments

Waxing techniques

Make-up application


In addition you will study extra qualifications to support your main course aim and have the opportunity to work in realistic settings with models, giving you a fantastic opportunity to carry out treatments.


You will also be expected to undertake a range of salon duties to support health, safety and security assessments throughout your course. You will also take part in the department competition to showcase your skills. 




  • Assessment

This qualification is graded pass, merit or distinction in three sections which combine to give an overall grade for the qualification. Each student must complete

  • A service portfolio of formative practical assessments and written work.
  • A graded summative assessment with each mandatory unit.
  • A non-graded summative assessment with each optional unit.
  • Two external exams at specific dates across the year which are set, marked and graded by VTCT.
  • A VTCT devised end of year a graded synoptic practical assessment.


You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly check and discuss your progress.

All of your practical assessments are carried out in Distinction Salons where clients pay for their treatment and services. Please be aware to support your qualification aims some units may require you to bring in models to practise specific treatments prior to assessment.



The average time for this course is approximately 12 hours per week.  This may increase depending on which qualification is taken.


  • Expenses

Some basic equipment and materials will be provided by the college. You will be encouraged to purchase the Distinction salon uniform (cost approximately £70) and a tools and equipment kit (costing around £275) to use during your study programme.  Applications may be made to the student support fund to help with the purchase of these items. In some circumstances loan equipment may be available.


You will need to provide paper, plastic pockets, dividers, pen and pencils, and an A4 folder. To comply with current health and safety requirements within our salons each student will be provided, free of charge, with a locker for use throughout the academic year. However, if the key is lost or not returned the student will be invoiced to replace the key (this cost is currently set at £30.00).Whilst Distinction Salon works hard to advertise for clients you may need to bring in your own in order to carry out some assessments.


Students will have the opportunity to enrol on enrichment activities during the Distinction Industry Week in December which are delivered by external companies and your tutors. Most of these sessions are delivered free of charge although there may be an equipment cost for some activities or qualifications.  There may also be optional expenses for trips to exhibitions, events and trade shows in the UK.


  • Further Information


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