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Beauty Therapy City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma (Intensive)

This professional course equips you with the skills you need to carry out a range of beauty therapy treatments to a nationally recognised standard. The course is intensive and fast paced and your commitment and attendance need to be of the highest order.

Entry requirements

This course is designed for 19+ mature students wishing to begin a career in Beauty Therapy. You will need 3 GCSEs at Grade A*-D (one to be in English) or an NVQ Level 1 qualification, other qualifications and experiences will also be taken into consideration. A good understanding of written and spoken English is essential. You will attend an interview session where information will be given regarding the course content and uniform & kit requirements. You will also undertake a skills assessment in English to determine if you need any further support to be successful on your course.

Course content

The course will focus on the practical and theoretical elements of beauty therapy. There will be lessons dedicated to the practical treatments and classroom based activities. You will be set homework assignments as well as dedicate time for practising your new skills as the course is demanding and intense.

During the course you will cover topics including:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Working in beauty related industries
  • Health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Promote products and services to clients
  • Salon reception duties
  • Provide facial skincare
  • Provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • Remove hair using waxing techniques
  • Provide manicure treatments
  • Provide pedicure treatments.
  • You will also create an image based on a theme in conjunction with your entry in our annual Hair & Beauty Show.

    Trips and work placements include: Professional Beauty Exhibition: London, Brooks Annual Hair & Beauty Show, Eve Taylor skin care product training and enrichment workshops.

    Assessment methods

    You will be assessed by your tutors as you carry out treatments on clients on a continual basis in the Colleges salons. It must be stressed that full commitment will be essential for your success, and you will be required to pass online end of unit assessment tests set by the awarding body.

    Further study and career options

    You can complete your training with Level 3 Beauty Therapy as a full time student or on a part time course. This will increase your employment options as you become a fully qualified therapist. Alternatively, you can add on other treatment options with part time study.

    Additional information

    You will be required to buy a kit (£139.80) for home study and a professional uniform (£41.60) in order to achieve this course.

    Please complete a pre-interview form which can be downloaded here

    Pay by instalments

    The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

    Funding information

    This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

    Course Information & How to Apply

    The deadline has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please register your interest here for our part-time courses starting from September 2021.

    LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
    32 weeks 22/09/2020 Tue, Wed 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £2573 Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ791

    Part-time course already started?

    Our upcoming 2021-22 part-time courses will be out in May. Get alerted when they're released by selecting your campus of choice below and filling out the relevant form:

    Bedford College Enquiry Form

    Shuttleworth College Enquiry Form


    Additional Learning Support
    If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

    Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
    At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

    We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

    Additional formats
    Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
    01234 291000 to order your copy.

    If you are unemployed and receiving benefits then you could learn for FREE

    You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on one of the following benefits:

    • Employment & Support Allowance (work-related activity group)
    • Jobseekers Allowance
    • Working Tax Credit (subject to income)
    • Income support

    Please note: you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.

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    For more information please ring us on 01234 291000 or email us.