York College

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

Up to £27,000

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Beauticians and related occupations

Up to £31,000

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Therapy professionals n.e.c.

Up to £49,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance.


One year, approximately 3 days per week.

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 kills
  • 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

Additional activities

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

How will I be assessed?

Students 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. Students will also be required to complete written assignments and online tests.

What could it lead to?

Ideally students would progress onto 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.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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