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Apprenticeship in Beauty Therapy - Intermediate at West Thames College

Course description

In the UK there are 4,800 beauty salons and 36,000 hairdressing salons – 5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments (particularly those in hotels and leisure centres). There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons, spa facilities and beauty therapy salons offering an extended range of services.

This apprenticeship is designed for those who want to work in a beauty therapy role and can lead to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship. Depending on the pathway followed and level achieved, learners completing an apprenticeship will undertake roles such as:

  • junior beauty therapist
  • manicurist or skin care and makeup consultant (Intermediate Level)
  • beauty therapist
  • electrolysist, masseur/masseuse
  • makeup artists (Advanced Level).

Course content

Overview of units for VTCT

Mandatory units

  • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
  • Promote additional products and services to customers
  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
  • Provide facial skin care treatment
  • Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes
  • Carry out waxing services
  • Provide manicure services
  • Provide pedicure services.

Optional units

  • Provide makeup services
  • Fulfil salon reception duties.

Entry requirements

For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme you should be 16 years or older, in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week – we can help you find employment. Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to:

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.
  • Practical, organisational and social skills.
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness.
  • An amicable nature and good communication skills for dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination.
  • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some chemicals, liquids and aerosols used may have a significant effect on their health condition.
  • Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in artificial colouring products and services, since makeup application and nail services require the ability to recognise tones, shades and changes in a range of colours.


To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

Competence and knowledge qualification

VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy. You must achieve a minimum of 54 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

Personal learning and thinking skills

Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills: creative thinking, independent enquiry, reflective learning, self-management, teamwork and effective participation.

Financial information

You do not have to pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or progress in your career, possibly taking on a more senior role with supervisory responsibilities.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

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: 02 August 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 12 months, one day at college, four days in the workplace
  • Course code: APP0123
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