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Beauty Therapy: Level 2 Diploma

Course information

Course Summary

This full-time course is for those who want to become qualified Beauty Therapists. On this study programme you will develop your practical skills.

Course Code:N4356
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Award:ITEC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

One year

UCAS Course Code0
Course Detail

The main course in this programme consists of underpinning knowledge and understanding alongside the development of practical skills within a salon environment treating paying clients. You will also develop key skills such as communication and information technology.

Topics covered will include facial treatments, manicures including gel polish, pedicures, eyelash tints and eyebrow shaping, waxing (cool and hot), make-up and anatomy and physiology related to the treatments given. Teaching will take place in our purpose-built salons, where you will also learn about the business side of the beauty industry. Maths and English are included in your programme if you have not already achieved a minimum of a grade 4, in order to boost your employability and to enable progression to higher levels of training.

This course includes:

  • Facial Treatments
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Eyelash tints and eyebrow shaping
  • Waxing (cool and hot)
  • Make-up
  • Salon reception
  • Health & safety
  • Anatomy & physiology related to treatments given

You will be assessed through a final external written exam and a practical exam. This course also requires you to do a minimum of 30 to 34 hours of external work experience.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,060

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.

Students will be expected to purchase their own beauty kits for the course, including uniform, which can be brought from nominated suppliers at enrolment. Approximate cost £367.

Entry Requirements

New Students

A minimum of three GCSE’s at grade 4 including English and one grade 3 GCSE’s. A satisfactory school reference. You will also be interviewed in the spring term by a member of the Beauty Team.

Progressing students

Level 1 Diploma in Beauty with the majority of grades being merits or above plus English. A satisfactory reference for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

This course will qualify you to work as a Beauty Therapist, completing Level 2 treatments in a salon, or perhaps working in cosmetic sales. This Level 2 qualification should also enable you to progress onto further study and training, for example, the NVQ Level 3.

Potential career routes in the Hair and Beauty industry:

  • Airlines and cruise ships
  • Barber
  • Beautician
  • Beauty therapist
  • Cosmetics / retail
  • Facial treatments
  • Fashion
  • Hairdresser
  • Image consultant
  • Make-up artist
  • Manicures
  • Massages
  • Nail technicians
  • Salon manager
  • Receptionist
  • Salons
  • Spas
  • Stylist
  • Television, film, theatre
Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021