Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques

Hair and beauty student putting on make up onto a woman


This is a fast track course and enables you to achieve a level 2 Beauty qualification in a year. Successfully completing this qualification enables the Learner to provide for all general beauty treatments in a safe and effective manner. All units will have written assessments, multiple choice tests and will include practical summative assessments on paying clients covering ranges set by VTCT. This course is over 2 days per week with child friendly hours, however additional work will be set to complete at home and meeting deadlines is essential.

Course Content - What will I learn?

The qualification covers the main techniques used by Beauty Specialists. You will study a range units including: Customer Service, Anatomy and Physiology, Health and Safety, Maintaining Effectiveness at Work, Facial Treatments, Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments, Waxing, Manicure and Pedicure and Make-up. Units are subject to change.

Am I right for the course?

All students who have a keen interest in beauty therapy will enjoy this course. You will need to be organised, committed and willing to work independently and as part of a group, as the course is both rigorous and demanding in an academic and practical sense. If you think this suits you, then you will find the course interesting, stimulating, challenging and very rewarding. It is a requirement that students will attend one day per week which is usually a Saturday, as this reflects industry standards. You will need to be able to attend every lesson, and be aware that there is an expectation for you to complete research, assignments and practice all practical treatments at home. There is a need for at least 10 hours independent study as well as experiencing the treatments whilst attending college per week.

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 9 – 3 including a grade 4 in either maths or English and a Level 1 qualification. Professional Reference

Assessment is evidenced in a portfolio of work. Assessments include examination, observation, written, assignments and oral questioning. You will treat clients in the commercial salon and will receive practice treatments from students.

STUDENTS WILL NEED TO PURCHASE A KIT AND UNIFORM FROM THE COLLEGE (Approx 250.00). This Cost includes a consumable price to cover products and disposables needed. Students are required to perform and receive all treatments in the course. Oasis at Oaklands is our commercial salon which provides students with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working in an operational salon. Students will be required to bring clients in for practical assessments aswell as working on the general public. You will be attending college up to 8 hours per week this may include a Saturday to reflect your future industry experience. Additionally you will be required to complete up to 10 hours per week home study. Students will also be given enrichment opportunities, taken on trips and encouraged to support businesses and groups in the community

A variety of qualified and experienced professionals will deliver the programme, each bringing specialist knowledge and experience to the units that you will study.

What Next?

After successful completion of the course we recommend you complete one of the VRQ Level 3 qualifications in your subject e.g. Level 3 General or specialise in Complementary Therapy, Media Make up, Artificial nails.

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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