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Beauty Therapy VRQ Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
1 year
Level 2

Beauty Therapy VRQ Level 2 provides the opportunity to learn and become skilled in performing a variety of different beauty treatments, enabling you to progress on to higher-level courses or into employment. This course runs across 3 days per week.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 subjects at grade 3. In addition you must have achieved Maths or English at a grade 4 or higher, or have a Level 1 qualification in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy/Media Make-up.

What will I study?

The subjects covered include the theory and practice of:

  • Facial Treatments
  • Waxing for Hair Removal
  • Manicure Treatments
  • Pedicure Treatments
  • Make-up (including Themed Make-up Design)
  • Lash and Brow Tinting
  • Eyebrow Shaping
  • Artificial Eye Lashes
  • Health and Safety
  • Client Care and Communication Skills
  • Promotional Skills
  • Reception Duties

Additional courses you will study:

This varies year to year, but there are many additional courses you can complete (some incur additional costs). Examples include:

  • Spray Tanning
  • Gel Nails
  • Specialist Skin Care and Make-up
  • Henna Brows

Additional activities:

  • Participation in competition work
  • Opportunities to attend beauty seminars and presentations
  • Eve Taylor professional skin care qualifications and additional external training
  • Careers presentations (for example Steiner TransOcean, Ragdale Hall Health Hydro Spa etc)
  • Work experience
  • English and Maths (if the you haven't achieved a grade 4 or above)
  • Online learning

Method of delivery

This course is predominantly a practical-based course. This means that the majority of your training will be delivered in a salon/workshop environment. You’ll be expected to complete theoretical knowledge through homework activities and directed learning, although some theory work will also be embedded into practical sessions. You will be required to complete tests and assignments as part of your study. You may be required to partake in online learning activities throughout the course, which are often led by employers and industry specialists.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one of the College Beauty Salons. Assessments will involve performing treatments on other members of the class as well as on external paying clients. You will also be required to complete written assignments and online tests.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Ideally students would progress on to Level 3 Beauty Therapy.

Students leaving College with a Level 2 qualification could seek employment in a beauty salon, make-up studio or nail bar. There are also opportunities to complete consultancy work, become a Demonstrator for a product manufacturer, or a Therapist on a cruise liner. Self-employment and working in retail are also possibilities.

Cassie Beauty Therapy Level 2

“I chose this course because performing different beauty treatments is something that I really enjoy doing. York College is local and has been very welcoming. It’s also been really easy to make new friends. The facilities and beauty therapy rooms are very professional and easy to work in.

In the future I would like to work as a beauty therapist on a cruise ship or own my own salon.”

Beauty Therapy VRQ Level 2
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