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Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The Apprenticeship programme will provide you with valuable training in all aspects of facial, make-up, waxing, eye treatments, and manicure and pedicure techniques.  You will need to be employed in a suitable salon, which is willing to support you in gaining a nationally recognised qualification at Level 2 specialising in beauty therapy.  This programme is fully funded for 16-18 age groups, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.  THERE WILL BE NEW STANDARDS INTRODUCED AS PART OF THE APPRENTICESHIP REFORM ACROSS ALL THE OCCUPATIONAL AREAS FROM 2015.

The Framework is made up of the following components.  In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.  The programme is practically based and structured so that the underpinning theory is delivered alongside the relevant practical work.

The full NVQ Level 2 Beauty qualification consists of mandatory units and optional units that link to the different routes.
The 3 routes which you can choose from are as follows:
• General
• Make-Up
• Nails

Level 1 English
Level1 Maths

This is an assignment based project


You will need a salon uniform and will be advised with regard to the kit required.  There will also be a £35 fee to cover trips and activities.

Entry requirements

You will be interviewed as part of the admissions process which will include screening and a trade assessment.  Ideally you should have 3 GCSEs grade C or above in English and Maths and one other subject.  The successful applicants will be expected to show the personal qualities required for working in the Beauty Therapy industry.  To enrol, you MUST be currently employed for a minimum of 30 hours in a beauty salon to start an Apprenticeship.  Please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment.  Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits.


You will be observed carrying out commercial activities mainly in the workplace but also in our modern, well-equipped salons within the College, which provide a realistic commercial setting in which you can gain experience in dealing with clients.
You will have the opportunity to use an extensive range of high quality beauty products and excellent new specialist equipment.
You will be expected to demonstrate your competence in all units to the standard required in industry.

Assessment takes place throughout the programme by a variety of methods including :
• practical assessment
• oral assessment
• written assessment
• projects
• completion of a portfolio
• completion of a log book
There will be independent assessment papers relating to treatment knowledge.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The programme provides you with a Level 2 qualification and the skills necessary for your career in Beauty Therapy  It will enable you to develop your expertise in the salon and progress onto a Level 3 programme to develop your creative and technical skills further.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Saturday 4 March 2017 9.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 4 May 2017 5pm-8pm
Saturday 24 June 2017 9.30am-12.30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2017
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