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Beauty Therapy

Level 2 Diploma

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Beauty Therapy - Level 2 Diploma SF-BEAU2D-D(0000)000

South Downs Campus

Type of study
Full Time, Vocational

Academic Year 2023-24 (1 years)

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This exciting and varied course allows you to learn a range of practical beauty therapy skills and the theory behind them. You will watch practical demonstrations of skills, which you will then practise on each other before progressing to work on paying clients.

You will have lessons in theory, anatomy and physiology that will help develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of beauty. You will learn about manicures, pedicures, skin care, facial treatments, hair removal, eyelash and eyebrow treatments and make-up.

You’ll also study health and safety practice, client care and communication, and salon reception duties. For this course, the dress code is very important so you’ll need to be in full uniform at all times and bring your kit to all practical classes.


Five GCSEs at grade 3 including English Language and Mathematics.

On this course, you will study:

  • Health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Promotion of products and services to clients in a salon
  • Salon reception duties
  • How to provide facial skin care
  • How to remove hair using waxing techniques
  • How to provide manicure treatments
  • How to provide pedicure treatments
  • How to provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • How to apply make-up
  • How to create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Subject-specific theory


The course involves a considerable amount of practical work. During workshop sessions you will watch demonstrations of skills, which you will then practice on each other before progressing to work on paying clients. 

You will also receive separate lessons in theory and anatomy and physiology which will help to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of beauty therapy.

Practical assessments will be performed on paying clients to ensure competence. Oral
questioning will take place at the time of practical assessment. All practical assessments are graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You are required to keep a record of achievement log book as evidence of treatments performed. Theoretical work including anatomy and physiology will be assessed using online testing or assignments.

This course requires you to purchase a uniform and kit and we include trips to enhance your learning and experience of industry. All of these costs will be explained at interview and students in receipt of financial assistance will be supported with these costs.

Once the course is completed you have the opportunity to apply to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty. Those students who do not wish to go onto the next level course can obtain employment within the beauty industry with the option of taking additional, more advanced training on a part time basis.

The teaching and support was absolutely brilliant, they couldn’t have done anything more or anything better, if I had any questions my lecturers would always stay behind to help me if I needed it and their emails were always open, it was second to none. This college is the best by far.

Amber Searle, BTEC student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student