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Beauty Therapy VRQ Level 2 at York College

Course description

The subjects covered include the theory and practice of:

Health and Safety
Promote additional products/services to clients
Provide facial skin care treatments
Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and lashes
Carry out waxing services
Provide manicure and pedicure services
Provide makeup services
Functional Skills or GCSE in English and Maths if grade C (grade 4) or above at GCSE is not already achieved.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs at grade D including Maths or English (grade 3+). You must have the ability to meet deadlines and work hard. You must be reliable and able to work under supervision. A good reference, attendance record and good behaviour record is required.


This course will be assessed both practically and theoretically. Written questions, assignment work, questioning and external exams online are all part of the assessment process. You will be required to provide some of your own models. Assessment will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

To progress on to Level 3 you need to have completed Level 2, have a minimum attendance record of 95 per cent and a good behaviour record. Progression from Level 2 to 3 is not automatic. Re-interview is required.

Other options include employment in the beauty therapy industry, e.g. in a salon, consultancy work, as a demonstrator for product manufacturers, on cruise liners and self-employment following a period of industrial experience. You could study further and take higher level qualifications, which could lead to specialising in a specific area such as sports therapy or media makeup. Past students have progressed in salons and retail outlets.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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