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Beauty Therapy (Level 2)

This professional study programme will equip you with the skills you need to carry out a range of beauty therapy treatments to a nationally recognised standard.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Beauty Therapy and/or Hairdressing at Level 1 

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in beauty therapy
  • Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Health and safety
    • Client care and communication
    • Promoting products and services to clients
    • Reception duties
    • Facial skin care
    • Waxing
    • Manicure
    • Pedicure
    • Eyelash and eyebrow treatments
    • Make-up
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • Trips and work placements include Professional Beauty Exhibition: London, BROOKS Annual Hair & Beauty Show, Skin Care product training and enrichment workshops
    • You will also create an image based on a theme in conjunction with your entry in our annual Hair & Beauty Show.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed by your tutors as you carry out treatments on clients on a continual basis in the College’s 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, as well as participate in group presentations.


Beauty Therapy City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma

Plus English and maths skills if required

Further study and career options

Successful completion of this study programme will enable you to seek employment as a junior therapist in a range of professional establishments. You can also progress on to our Beauty Therapy Level 3. Alternatively, you may be interested in the Theatrical & Media Make-up Level 3 study programme. Your course tutors will give you advice and guidance on your progression during your study programme.

Additional information

To take part in this study programme you will be required to pay £140 for personal equipment and £41 for a uniform, as well as £15 for trips/visits.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

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

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ103

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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.

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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.