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What career opportunities can this lead to?

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General provides learners with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a beauty therapist. This qualification also provides suitable progression opportunities to Level 3 Studies. These include the VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage, VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma Beauty Therapy Make-up, VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services. Progression opportunities also exist in the form of specialist VTCT vocationally related qualifications at Levels 2 and 3.

What are the entry requirements?

If English is your second language you must hold an ESOL level 1 qualification. There are no other pre-requisites. However this is a part time course and will demand high levels of home study and commitment.

What does this programme involve?

The following units are covered:
-Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
-Provide facial skin care treatment
-Provide pedicure services
-Provide manicure services
-Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes
-Carry out waxing services
-Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
-Promote additional services or products to customers
-Provide make-up services
-Fulfil salon reception duties

You will also learn how to sell beauty treatments and products and advise clients on services. We will help you develop reception and customer service skills, as in the industry you will need to be able to make appointments, handle queries and sell a range of products. This is the NVQ 2 Beauty Therapy (General pathway), which is an internationally recognised qualification within the beauty industry. Your theory and practical work will be continually assessed throughout the course. A portfolio will be built up containing assignments, theory workbooks, practically assessed work and mandatory exams. The course is a careful balance of theory and practical work. You will be able to gain additional experience in the college salon and reception area. An insight into the career prospects of beauty therapy can be gained if you visit the industries exhibitions through trips that we offer and receiving tutorial advice and guidance as well as having visiting speakers from product companies.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

Your theory and practical work will be continually assessed throughout the course. A portfolio will be built up containing assignments, theory workbooks, practically assessed work and mandatory exams.
Your lessons will either be over two evenings a week, or over one day, depending on your enrolment choice.

What else do I need to know?

If you want to pursue a career in the beauty industry, then this course provides an excellent introduction to the many options available to you. Whether you would like to work in a local salon, leisure centre, department store or as a mobile therapist.

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General is a job ready qualification based on National Occupational Standards for Beauty Therapy. This qualification will develop the basic knowledge, skills and competencies that learners need to work at a junior level in a beauty salon and is the minimum standard required to work effectively. This qualification enables candidates to provide treatments for the face, hands & arms and feet & legs.

Pen & paper.
Appropriate dress; you will be issued with a uniform order form on your first session.
Kit order form will be issued on the first session.

Mandatory kit = 156.00
Uniform = 75.00

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1299.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Information, Advice and Guidance team by telephone 023 8091 1299 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
BSDA Eastleigh College 17/09/2018 Mon/Wed 18:00 – 21:30 34 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Information, Advice and Guidance team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1299.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Natasha, Advanced Spa Therapy

Natasha , 20

Natasha, Advanced Spa Therapy

Natasha studied Beauty Therapy and Spa Therapy and now works as a Spa Therapist at a hotel in the New Forest


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