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Beauty Specialist Techniques - VTCT Level 2 Diploma

Course Code:AA1324G

Spaces:9 spaces left

Centre:Dolphin Centre

Gain the knowledge and practical skills required to provide Facials, Eyelash and Eyebrow treatments, Make up, Waxing, Manicure and Pedicure, Nail Art and Eyelash Lifting.

What the course is about

The main aim of the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge to provide beauty treatments to the general public and to gain employment in the beauty industry. With the other learners in your class, you will gain the practical and theoretical skills required to provide professional beauty treatments in waxing, manicure and pedicure, facial skincare, eye treatments and make-up. You will also gain the necessary skills in client care and communication, and health and safety. There are nine mandatory units to complete and a minimum of four optional units.

Therapists gaining a Beauty Diploma will benefit from being confident in performing high quality treatments. A Beauty Diploma will also be needed for insurance purposes to cover all treatments if self employment is your chosen career path. A full qualification, such as the Level 2 Beauty Diploma, will be needed to gain employment in a salon.

A variety of learning activities will be used on this course, including tutor presentation and demonstration, practical application of skills, individual and group work, discussions, Q&A, internet research, individual research and project work. Where relevant, your learning will enable you to develop skills and knowledge required for work. There may be vocational specialist guest speakers, or employers, invited to share their skills and experience.

Regular home study will be necessary to successfully complete this course. You will be supported to develop good study skills. You will initially develop practical skills by working on other learners in your class until you have developed enough skill to offer treatments to clients. There may be the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your course. Full details will be shared at induction. Your tutor will also support you to improve your English and maths skills alongside your learning of your vocational subject. If you have declared at enrolment that you are unemployed, you may be invited to meet with an Information, Advice and Guidance Officer or employability member of staff, to identify other learning opportunities that will support you to secure employment or improve your employment prospects. We highly recommend that you engage fully in any other learning opportunities that we help you identify.

This is a course leading to a qualification, and the cost of it is subsidised by public funding. You will be required to complete all of the necessary coursework/assignments or exams by the given deadlines. Please note: if you do not successfully complete the course within this academic year, you will not be able to repeat it at the subsidised fee. For further information on the syllabus for this course please go to

Pre-course information session or interview

You will be required to attend an Admission Session prior to enrolling on this course. At this session, you will receive:

  • Full details of what is covered on the course

  • Information as to the pre-requisite skills or qualifications needed prior to enrolling

  • Information as to the home study requirements and commitment

  • A skills check for English/or maths as appropriate

  • Details of learning or financial support that may be available to you

There will be an opportunity to ask any further questions you may have. If you have any certificates for qualifications in this subject area, or for English or maths, please bring them with you to the Admission Session. Please note places on some of our courses will be in high demand and if you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately, as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner (see Additional Information below). For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a Level 2 assessed course. Once completed, your work will be marked and internally verified. An external verifier from the awarding body will visit to review your work before you receive your certificate. As soon as your certificate is received by Skills&Learning it will be forwarded to you.

  • Awarding body: VTCT

  • Assignments/Course work: Your practical skills will be formally assessed throughout the course. You will collect a portfolio of evidence i.e., assignments and written test results, plus other forms of evidence, for example, witness testimonies and photographic evidence.

  • Examination(s):There is no final written exam, but you will complete online tests on each topic as you progress throughout the course.

You will negotiate a Personal Learning Plan with your tutor identifying the areas you need to develop; this will be reviewed at regular intervals.

Please note that this qualification must be completed within the deadline set. It may be possible to re-sit the examination within the academic year at an additional fee.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

We have designed this course to support you with working in the beauty sector. Successful completion of this course will provide skills and knowledge required for job roles in Beauty Therapy. No previous experience of Beauty Therapy is necessary, although you may find it useful to have completed a Level 1 course in Beauty Therapy or have some experience of the subject.

You can check the suitability of this course for a preferred career path or route to employment by looking at various job profiles on the National Careers Service website

English language and /or maths skills at Level 1/Level 2 are required. You may be asked to complete an online assessment in English (and maths if applicable) prior to submitting a course application or as part of an admission session. There is an expectation that if you enrol on this course, you are willing to commit fully to the period of time involved in this course, the associated home study and the assessed work required, and intend to sit the examination if applicable.

Materials and costs

A kit containing all essential items will be provided for you whilst on the course, in order for you to be able to practise outside the classroom at no extra cost.

Please note these items are on loan to you and MUST BE RETURNED at the end of the course. If it is not returned you will be invoiced for the full cost of a replacement. There may be a requirement to obtain course books or other resources to support your study. You will be guided by your tutor prior to any purchase. For information regarding any funding for this course please please refer to the Finance page on our website

PLEASE NOTE If you do not attend a pre-booked practical or theory exam without giving the required notice you will be invoiced for the cost. Details of the fees and cancellation notice periods required are available on request.

Next Step

There are opportunities for a Beauty Therapist to find employment in a variety of areas, including beauty salons, spas, cruise ships, hotels or resorts, make up industry, or self-employment (mobile or home based). You may wish to consider a Level 2 course in Nail Technology, courses in Nail Treatments, a Level 3 Massage Diploma or a course in Hairdressing. Other Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses may be available.

Other courses may be offered by Skills & Learning or other local providers. There are a range of courses available to help the development of skills for work. There are a variety of e-learning courses that can be started at any time of the year. Up to date English and maths Functional Skills and Essential Digital Skills qualifications can help you progress at work or into further or higher education.

Skills & Learning work with local employers to offer Sector Based Work Academy Programmes and Apprenticeship training. See our website www.skillsandlearningace.comfor more details. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by the National Careers Service For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Need support planning your next steps? Our experienced Careers Advisors at Skills & Learning can offer personalised guidance on choosing the right course, exploring career paths, developing interview skills, updating your CV and much more. Book a FREE appointment today and get the support you need to achieve your goals. Visit: Call us at 01202 123444 for more information.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start Date18 September 2024

LocationThe Dolphin Centre, Poole, BH15 1SZ

DayWednesday, Thursday

Time09:30 - 15:00

Duration31 weeks

SubjectBeauty and Therapies


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £1899. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


How do I enrol?

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