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Beauty Therapy (Level 2 & 3) at Bishop Laney Sixth Form

Course description

This course looks at the components of Beauty Therapy.

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained well provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

The course is available at Level 2 and Level 3.

Course content

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty treatments including facial treatments, skin analysis, manicure, pedicure, waxing, eyelash/eyebrow treatments and make-up applications.

In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.


Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

  • Health, safety and salon hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Waxing services
  • Facial treatments
  • Skin type analysis
  • Eyebrow shaping services
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
  • Make-up applications
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists

Entry requirements

Level 2 - three  grade 3-9 GCSE's.


Level 3 - Five grade 4-9 GCSE's, including English and/or Maths.


How will you be assessed?

Learners must complete the assessment requirements below for mandatory units:


Service Portfolio

Learners must produce a formative service portfolio that includes evidence of practical service carried out with proficiency. Whilst the pre-requisite portfolio does not contribute to the qualification grade, it serves as a valuable ‘assessment for learning’ tool to prepare learners for summative assessments.


Graded Practical Assessment

Learners must carry out a complete service on a client. The service will be observed, marked and graded at either Fail, Pass, Merit, or Distinction by centre assessors. Graded practical assessment must take place in a real or realistic working environment. These account for 50% of the overall qualification grade.


External Examinations

External examinations will test knowledge and understanding from across the whole vocational area of the mandatory units. They are set and marked by VTCT and will contribute to the overall qualification grade. This accounts for 30% of the overall qualification grade.


Graded Synoptic Assessment will be required to undertake a graded synoptic assessment during which they will carry out a range of services from across all the mandatory units. Assessment coverage may vary each year and all services will be covered over time. VTCT will set the brief and grading descriptors, although the assessment will be marked and graded by centre staff and externally quality assured by VTCT. The graded synoptic assessment will contribute to the overall grade of the qualification. This accounts for 20% of the overall qualification grade.


The external examinations and the graded synoptic assessment should be carried out in the final third of the learner’s completion period of learning. Each mandatory unit will attract an overall grade of either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

As a beauty therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • Commercial beauty salons

- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

- Destination days/spas

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one of more the following areas:


- Beauty therapy

- Holistic therapies

- Sports massage

- Nail technology

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 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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