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Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2 at West Suffolk College

Course description

This course offers learners a nationally recognised qualification at Level 2 in beauty therapy and is suitable for those who seek careers within the beauty therapy industry. A career in beauty therapy is an exciting one, with close links to the fashion and hairdressing industries. It is varied and diverse, offering lots of opportunities to learn and develop skills in a range of different areas. This is a practically-based course and learners will be required to work to a high professional standard on members of the public within the realistic working environment of our In Vogue Salons. Each learner will be responsible for compiling their own portfolio of evidence, which will include all theory, projects and practical assessments.

Learners will be required to complete work related experience within the industry to enrich their programme of study and gain relevant employability skills. Learners will also develop skills in English and Mathematics. The course offers a wide range of enrichment activities throughout the year and learners are encouraged to take part in West Suffolk College and national competitions.

Course content

This course is designed to give learners a good foundation in Beauty Therapy and all learners are expected to be in College three to four days a week as well as complete at least one day a week of home study and compulsory work related experience hours working within the beauty industry. The course will include the following: Health and Safety, Develop and maintain effectiveness at work, Promote additional products or services to customers, Provide pedicure services, Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes, Carry out waxing services, Provide manicure services and Provide make-up services. In addition Anatomy and Physiology and Business Studies topics are covered. Students are also required to attend an employability programme covering personal and social development.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Entry requirements

At least two GCSE passes at A*-C (4) grade (to include Mathematics and English) plus GCSE Science A*-D (3) grade is required to gain entry onto this course. However, this course does offer flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff.

Some of the products used in the hairdressing and beauty industry contain nuts and therefore this occupation may not be suitable for those people with an allergy to nuts.


VRQ Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 2, learners can progress on to the Level 3 Advanced Technician Diploma in Beauty and Spa Therapy.

Further information

Upon enrolment for this course learners will receive order forms that list all the equipment, tools and uniform requirements of the course. The uniform will consist of grey tailored trousers, two tunic tops or dresses, plain black cardigan and flat black closed shoes. Each learner will be required to buy recommended text books that support the knowledge delivered for this course. You may need to consider an additional cost for trips and activities throughout the year.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 December 2016
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