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Hair, Beauty & Therapies

Hair, Beauty & Therapies

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 1 Year
Campus London Road Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code FLR2BMN (2122)
  • Who is it for?

    The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Nail Treatments and Cosmetic Make Up is aimed at learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beautician, make up artist or manicurist. 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, self-employed or counter consultants. Learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at level 3.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will need 2 GCSE at grade 4 and above.

  • What does the course involve?

    This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beautician. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

    • Health safety and hygiene
    • Consultation techniques and client care
    • Manicure treatments
    • Pedicure treatments
    • Eyebrow shaping services
    • Eyelash tinting
    • Eyelash perming
    • Make-up applications
    • Nail art services
    • Anatomy and physiology for beauticians

    Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty treatments. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed

    Maths and English are a mandatory part of the course for learners that do not hold a grade 4 or above.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Achievement is through continual assessment in practical and theory.  Written assignments and project work help to develop a portfolio of evidence.  External end tests are performed in Health & Safety, Manicure, Pedicure, Nail Art, Make-Up, Eye Treatments and Anatomy and Physiology.


  • How much does it cost?

    It is an expectation of professional practice to wear a uniform whilst in salon sessions. It is advisable to purchase a kit to allow you to practise your skills in and out of College. Order forms are available at enrolment. Trips and excursions are available at an additional cost; these include the Clothes Show, Hair and Beauty Live and an 'In House' Competition takes place.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Alice Nimmock

Alice Nimmock

Level 3 in Beauty Make-Up Techniques
Previous school: Lacon Childe School

I progressed from the Level 2 course and really enjoy it - you need to have a passion for beauty and be willing to work hard. After college I would like to work in a salon then, with some experience, set up on my own. Having the commercial salon, Evolve, on campus is great experience for the students.

Pip Pearce

Pip Pearce

Level 2 Makeup and Nails
Previous school: Meole Brace School

I wasn’t sure I could do makeup and nails – I have always loved it, but decided to study business after school. However, I wasn’t enjoying myself and decided to take the leap of faith into beauty and I haven’t looked back since. After I’ve completed this course I want to progress onto Level 3. The course is fun and everybody is really nice – teachers and students.

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This course is linked to roles within the NHS.

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Career Options

  • Beauticians and related occupations

    Up to £19,000

  • Footwear and leather working trades

    Up to £23,000


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