Level 2 NVQ in Beauty Therapy

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed beauty therapist. This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional bodies (The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

The aim of the level 2 programme is to develop an understanding of the beauty profession and deliver the basic skills and requirements for employment in the industry.

Course Content

The following modules will be covered in the course:

-Health & safety

Following health and safety practises are paramount within a beauty therapist’s role and a fundamental part of the course. This module will ensure that you fully understand all aspects of health and safety in relation to the work place.

-Promote Additional Products & Services to Clients

This module covers promoting services and products to clients and effective counselling and consulting.

-Effectiveness at Work

Maintaining your effectiveness at work is vital in any salon environment. With these evaluation skills, you will be able to constantly monitor and develop your abilities which will increase your employability.

-Fulfil Reception Duties

Within this module, you will have the opportunity to develop your salon reception skills and management duties.

-Facial Treatments

This is a comprehensive study in skin care. Practical skills include:  cleansing, toning, skin analysis, exfoliation, moisturising, steaming, extraction, a full facial massage routine, selecting, mixing and applying tailor-made face masks for a variety of skin types. You will also be able to provide accurate skin care recommendations for all skin problems and complaints. The theory involves the anatomy & physiology of the face, neck, shoulders and chest, including the muscles, bones, blood and nerve supply and an in-depth study of the skin, diseases and associated disorders.

-Eyelash & Eyebrow Treatments

This module covers eyelash and eyebrow tinting for a variety for different hair and skin types, eyebrow shaping, and the application and correct removal of individual and strip false eyelashes. The theory includes contra indications and contra actions.

-Waxing Techniques

You will learn how to remove hair using two different methods: hot wax and warm wax, as well as other methods of removal. You will also learn how to lighten hair using a safe bleaching process. All areas of the face and body will be worked on. The theory includes the anatomy and physiology of the hair, the hair growth cycle, contra indications and contra actions.

-Manicure & Pedicure Treatments

You will learn all the maintenance and care techniques for the nails and skin of the hands and feet. You’ll learn how to apply single and multi-layer varnishing as well  as French manicure and pedicure techniques. The practical training also includes paraffin wax treatments, heated mittens, warm oil, exfoliation and mask treatments. The theory includes an in-depth study of the structure of the nail as well as the anatomy and physiology of the lower leg and forearms.

-Makeup Applications

This module will give you training in professional make-up application for day, evening and special occasions. You will learn how to use colour corrective products and foundations, blushers, eye and lip products to enhance your clients features.

Course Structure

The course will consist of 12 practical days within the training school, plus home-study, including written and practical coursework; making this an ideal route for those who wish to study flexibly around other commitments. Students will need access to a laptop or computer to complete coursework and online exams.

You will be required to complete case studies for each unit, a selection of assignments and activities before you sit the examinations at the conclusion of each unit.

Assessment days will be arranged once all training and coursework has been completed.

(Students will have up to 52 weeks to complete this qualification)

Dates & Times

Practical days will be held 9:30-4:00 every Wednesday for 12 weeks starting on Wednesday 16th March 2022.

Entry Requirements

No previous knowledge is required, but a good general education is essential as this is a demanding course. An excellent level of English is required. You must be able to speak, read, write and understand English fluently. You may be asked to sit an entry test if necessary.

Qualifications Awarded

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy – Awarded by VTCT Examination Board

Learners may choose to develop their skills further by undertaking Technical Level qualifications in beauty therapy at Level 3, including:

VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy


This course is endorsed by Habia