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NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy - Level 2 at South Thames College

Course description

A great beauty course if you're interested in becoming a professional beauty therapist or want to continue your beauty training.

We have plenty of professional suppliers delivering in-house, bespoke training on latest products and equipment, like Nails Inc and Grove Spa Collection. This is boosted by employers and salon owners giving demonstrations and talks on making it in the sector. You'll get plenty of work experience in our commercial salon and we also run trade tests for employers, in fact many of our previous students have moved to full-time and part-time work after this.

Our Level 2 students have done plenty of work outside the College providing onsite beauty treatments and last year this included Heathrow, local banks and major retailers. It's a great way to build your customer experience training and boost your practical skills. You should expect to be a part of this CV-improving work.

We run several internal competitions including the London Masters where we invite other London colleges in so that you compete against your peers - the judges are normally employers and industry specialists. There are also local and national competitions that you'll get involved with, including the prestigious WorldSkills which our students have entered several years in a row. It's a great way to learn and to be exposed to new experiences.

With our masterclasses throughout the year, you'll have the chance to build your skills and experience on top of your normal classes. This is your chance to pick up all the latest salon trends and make sure you're work-ready when you graduate. If you become one of our top-performing students, there's the added incentive of learning through our in-house graduate programme to boost your practical skills in a range of spa therapies.

Course content

As well as daytime lessons you'll need to come into College one evening a week or on a Saturday. This course covers specialist treatments and can include:

  • Facial therapy and making natural cosmetics
  • Eyebrow shaping and lash extensions
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting
  • Manicures and pedicures, including luxury additional treatments
  • Waxing and threading
  • Make-up
  • Skin analysis, anatomy and physiology
  • Effectiveness at work.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs A*-D including English or maths; OR a relevant Level 1 qualification plus English and maths assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.


Continuous assessment by observation on paying clients, formal and informal online tests, written assignments and tests as well as building up a portfolio of your work.

Future opportunities

You could progress to a Level 3 course in beauty therapy to improve your skills for better job prospects.

Further information

Like all colleges, we provide specialist kits for hair and beauty courses so that you can work with them on your courses and use outside the College to give you more chance to practise and grow your skills. Depending on your circumstances, the cost varies and this will be assessed when you join the course. Our College discount means you can get high-quality products at reduced rates from our suppliers when you've successfully completed your course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 December 2015
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