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Beauty Therapy and Media Make-Up

Level 2 VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Full Time

Course Overview

If you’re considering a career in the beauty industry, this is the start for you. The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beauty therapist.

Course Content

On this one-year course you will learn:

  • Health safety and hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Waxing services
  • Facial treatments
  • Skin type analysis
  • Eyebrow shaping services
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
  • Make-up applications
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists

Throughout this course, you will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty treatments. You will also develop your communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability and commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers.

Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed.

Entry Requirement

  • GCSE English and maths at grade 3 or above, or Level 1 Functional Skills, or completion of our Future Pathways course.


To be awarded this qualification learners must achieve a Pass (or higher) grade in:

  • All mandatory units graded practical assessment - Externally set, internally. Assesses practical performance at the unit level.
  • The external examinations - Externally set and externally marked examinations. Overarching examinations that assess knowledge and understanding from the breadth of mandatory units at the end of the period of learning.
  • The graded synoptic assessment - Externally set, internally marked. Comprises a range of treatments which assess the application of knowledge, understanding and skills from across the breadth of mandatory units. Conducted at the end of the period of learning.
  • Treatment portfolio - Externally set and internally marked. A prerequisite evidence requirement at the unit level, which must be completed prior to learners undertaking graded practical assessments, the external examinations and graded synoptic assessment.

Where does this course lead to

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT). As a beauty therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • Commercial salons
  • Destination/day spas
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in Beauty Therapy, Holistic Therapies or Sports Therapy.

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Course Outline

Course Code: NF118
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 12/09/2022
Duration: 1 Year
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