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Beauty Therapy (Level 2) at New College Swindon

Course description

This Level 2 qualification will provide you with the underpinning skills and knowledge required to work in the beauty industry. Your study looks at different aspects within beauty therapy such as health, safety and the importance of presenting a professional image. You will learn how to carry out a variety of beauty treatments, such as skincare, eye enhancements, waxing, nail treatments and the application of makeup. You will have the opportunity to take part in competitions that will enhance your CV. You will be based in Distinction Salons within the college where you will study all aspects of your course.

After completing the Level 2 Diploma you can continue on to study Beauty Therapy at Level 3 choosing the Electrical Therapy or Holistic massage route or one of the connected routes into Hairdressing, Complementary Therapies or Performing Arts. You may also choose to gain employment in the industry and study at level 3 on a work based apprenticeship programme.

Course content

You will complete the course over one year with much of this time spent developing your practical skills in our dedicated Beauty Salon. You will also learn the essential underpinning knowledge of the human body systems.


The units will include:

  • Facial skincare
  • Manicure and pedicure treatments
  • Eye treatments
  • Waxing techniques
  • Makeup application


In addition you will study extra qualifications to support your main course aim and have the opportunity to work in realistic settings with models, giving you a fantastic opportunity to carry out treatments. You will also be expected to undertake salon duties to support health, safety and security assessments throughout your course.

Entry requirements

You must have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D, including English and preferably maths. If you have other qualifications they may be taken into consideration when assessing course requirements. We welcome applications from adult learners with no prior subject knowledge and from those who wish to refresh their skills.

You should have a genuine interest in working in the Beauty industry. High standards of personal presentation are expected in the industry, and you should be ready to demonstrate a professional manner and appearance. As part of the course you will practise all services with other learners so you should be prepared to take part in giving and receiving all hair treatments.


The qualification is assessed mainly through a portfolio of practical and written work. Some units will require you to sit an externally set on-line exam to show knowledge of the theory. You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly check and discuss your progress.

All of your practical assessments are carried out in Distinction Salons where clients pay for their treatment and services. Please be aware to support your qualification aims some units may require you to bring in models to practise specific treatments prior to assessment.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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