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Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Level 2


During this course you will study modules including facial skin care, enhancing eyebrows and lashes, waxing, manicure and pedicure and application of nail enhancement. You will learn about essential aspects of the industry, including health and safety, reception and promoting services and products.

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Entry requirements

  • GCSE English language with at least 4 points (grade C) or equivalent.
  • Plus a dexterity test, attendance at a one-day 'welcome day' during July and August, or attendance at summer school if a progressing learner.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)1767A1020FREE£465.00** EApply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)1767A1341FREE£465.00** EApply online

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

How long is the course?

36 weeks.


How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by an ongoing theory and practical assessment that will be carried out on paying clients within the commercial salon. You will collate and present an evidence portfolio for assessment and you will also be assessed through exams set by the awarding body. All practical assessments are graded pass, merit and distinction.

What does the course lead to?

Employment within a range of settings including hotels, leisure centres, health spas, beauty salons.

Alternatively, you could progress to further studies and complete the Level 3 Diploma in Body and Spa Therapy.

What will I study?

  • Provide facial skincare
  • Provide waxing techniques
  • Provide manicure treatments
  • Provide pedicure treatments
  • Provide eyelash and brow treatments
  • Apply make-up
  • Provide and maintain nail enhancements
  • Client care and communications
  • Promote products and services to clients
  • Salon reception duties
  • Follow health and safety in the salon
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector.
  • Maths and English

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What else can I do?

Work experience is required at a salon or spa while studying Beauty Therapy Level 2.

What can I go on to study?

How do I apply?

Complete an online application form

Apply online


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