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Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This course enables you to obtain an internationally recognised qualification in Beauty Therapy which will allow you to seek employment as a mobile therapist or junior therapist within a commercial salon environment or progress to Level 3 and obtain advanced skills. 

The Beauty Department at Boston College and Boston College Spalding work in partnership with a prestigious skin care company, Eve Taylor, to deliver unique skin care training in fully equipped training salons, which are open as commercial salons to the general public. 

Commercial salons are run several times a week and will include several evening salon sessions to cater for all.  There is also the opportunity throughout the year to work in a varied environment in the community.

Course content

The course consists of the following topics: 

- Health and safety 
- Promoting services or products 
- Working effectively 
- Facial skin care 
- Enhance eyebrows and lashes 
- Waxing 
- Manicure 
- Pedicure 
- Make-up services 

You will also study nail technology and nail art, alongside either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade. 

You will have access to information on study skills and the opportunity to attend support study groups. Average group size is 12 to 18 students.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) in English, Maths and Science. Beauty Therapy Level 1 would also be an advantage, but not necessary. 

Successful completion of an interview process should be achieved which includes attending a taster session to assess your enthusiasm, ability to talk to people, personal presentation and practical dexterity skills. 

You will also need a thorough reference from a previous employer or teacher.  

A full interview will be carried out if you are wishing to progress from Level 1 to Level 2 in which attendance (minimum 90%), acceptable behaviour/attitude, ability to progress, ability to meet deadlines and satisfactory reports from all tutors will be taken into consideration.


The course of study will include theoretical and practical sessions, some individual and group assignment work as well as oral questioning, online exams and the production of a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

You will need to purchase a beauty kit at approximately £125.00 if you are new to Boston College 

- Materials Fee £40.00 
- Uniform: Tunic £25.00 approximately 
- Course Texts £44.00 approximately 
- Trips £25.00 approximately 

Optional additional courses are available that vary in price from £5.00 to £30.00 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion may enable you to work in a commercial salon or on a mobile/freelance basis. Most beauty businesses prefer you to have completed Level 3. 

Successful completion of Level 2 will enable you to apply to progress to Level 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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