Level 2 Diploma Beauty Therapy

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £450, your course may be free


Course details may be subject to change

This course is ideal if you are new to beauty therapy, or if you want to develop your existing knowledge of the industry.

You will get to grips with multiple popular treatments, such as facials, nail care, and waxing. To develop you skills further for working in the industry, you will use experimental make-up application techniques to create different looks.
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Take a tour around our Beauty & Make-up facilities

Our modern on-site salon, Halo, reflects the best of industry standards and provides specialist resources for beauty therapy.


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Hair and beauty students step back in time

Our talented hair and media make-up students have been preparing for Beamish Museum's 1950s competition.


This course aims to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to pursue a career within the beauty industry.

Embarking on this full-time course will enable you to explore and develop the following skills:
  • Communication skills – for working within a team and building effective relationships with clients and colleagues.
  • Organisational skills - for reception duties, booking in clients and responding confidently to requests face-to-face, via emails and by telephone.
  • Marketing skills – to sell and promote products and services within the salon environment.
  • Practical skills – to enable you to perform a range of skills such as manicures, facials, waxing and eye treatments.


You will study the following modules:
  • Working in the beauty related industries
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in the beauty related industries
  • Provide facial skin care
  • Promote products and services in a salon
  • Remove hair using waxing techniques
  • Provide manicure treatments
  • Provide pedicure treatments
  • Apply make-up
  • Provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • Salon reception duties.

You may also gain the opportunity to learn additional skills, such as:
  • Gel nail polish application
  • Body tanning
  • Competition skills.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will work with your tutor to learn the relevant practical skills and theory knowledge over the duration of the course for each unit. Practical assessments will be carried out with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed, these assessments will be carried out at various points in the year. Each unit will also have assignments and/or internal and external exams. You will be required to supply your own clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore your new skills.

We encourage all students to enter competitions, such as World Skills and the AHT competition.

Maths and English

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Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Each term you will engage with external employers through lectures, hands-on workshops, role-play interview opportunities, CV development workshops and much more. These opportunities will ensure you are able to develop additional skills and improve your confidence levels.

We encourage all students to enter competitions, such as World Skills and the AHT competition.


You will be expected to undertake a work placement within an external salon for a minimum of 70 hours, to ensure you develop the essential skills to work in this fast-paced industry. It is your responsibility to find a work placement, therefore, you can decide whether you want to carry out your placement in a block period or one day a week.

You could progress to Level 3 Beauty Therapy at New College Durham.

Alternatively, you could progress into full-time employment within the industy.

Meet our students

Lucy Priestman CS

Lucy Priestman

Lucy joined the cruise ship Steiner Transocean and is working in the spa as an Elemis Facial Specialist.  She described her experience here as fun and challenging.

What else?

It would be beneficial to research different make-up styles and tutorials using YouTube.


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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

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Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.

You can purchase your uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your kit using this form.

Additionally, as part of your course you will be expected to pay £20 towards trips and visits and a £5 deposit for a locker.

Interview Instructions

If you are interested in studying on this course, you can get in touch on Live Chat with any questions.

Leading up to the start of your course, you will receive a welcome letter, along with a kit form so that you can purchase the relevant equipment needed. You will also receive a phone call to discuss course commitments further.

You will be invited to attend an induction evening a week before your course starts. The induction will be with a curriculum team member - you will discuss the course and expectations in more details to ensure you are able to make an informed choice.
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Entry Criteria

You will hold GCSE at grade 3/4 or above in maths and English Language. You will also require a good attendance record from school.

You will also be required to undertake a BKSB test when you start college - at this stage you must be working at Entry 3 for maths and English.

Please bring your GCSE grades during induction and any other qualifications relevant to your chosen course. During induction, you will undertake various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course, as well as your problem-solving skills and ability to follow instructions.