West Thames College London

Beauty Therapy with English Support - Level 2

This course covers all the content of the Level 2 VTCT Diploma and includes some English language support. You will study full professional face and skin care treatment, facials, makeup, manicure and pedicure, anatomy and physiology and depilatory waxing of facial and body hair, lash and brow tinting and eyebrow shaping. You will take part in salon administration and reception duties.

Key course features


VTCT (VRQ) Level 2 Diploma

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 07 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Students whose first language is not English and who have completed ESOL Destination Hair and Beauty; those employed in the industry who wish to gain a qualification; and those with no previous experience (aged 19+) who wish to study the subject.

About the course

You will learn through theory and practical classes (including practising all treatments on fellow students prior to working on clients), projects, role plays, case studies, work experience, competitions, and reception duties. The clients visiting our working salons require a wide range of treatments, and you will perform all portfolio evidence assessments on external clients.

You will study:

  • Facials
  • Makeup
  • Manicure and pedicure
  • Essential knowledge: anatomy and physiology
  • Depilatory waxing
  • Lash and brow tinting,and eyebrow shaping.
  • Tanning
  • Stock display
  • Reception
  • Salon administration.

In each unit you will perform practical skills, submit coursework tasks and sit on line tests. You will need to pass the full qualification.

Additional opportunities

You may have opportunities to visit a major health and beauty exhibition. Visiting lecturers provide additional input to the course.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous, consisting of practical assessment, oral questions, written tests and homework. You will provide evidence to show you have reached a level of competence. All assessment will be in agreement with candidate and assessor, and all deadlines must be met. Written assessment papers will provide further evidence of your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

You will collate all evidence in a portfolio consisting of:

  • Performance evidence: This would take place in the practical class or workplace.
  • Oral questioning: The questions must relate to the practical performance.
  • Written questions: As with the oral questioning, written questions will form part of the supplementary evidence.
  • Working diary: This will show the range of treatments you have performed.
Where next?

Level 3 VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy or Beauty Therapy Treatments to become a fully qualified beauty therapist. Progression to Level 3 is via interview and selection based on your attendance, punctuality and performance.

Entry requirements
You should have a good general education. A Level 1 qualification in beauty therapy is helpful but not essential. You will need a reference and you will be required to pass an English assessment. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

This course is free for students under 19 years, however you will need to purchase a beauty kit, logbook and uniform (£147). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Alina Hazraty

    Level 3 Beauty Therapy

    Alina Hazraty

    "The teaching is really good and the teachers are so helpful. Last year I did ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] support and it really improved my English. The client sessions have been really good. The practice has helped me to remember everything."

  2. Jolita Stiklakiene

    Beauty Therapy Level 2 Diploma

    Jolita Stiklakiene

    “I was really nervous about returning to study, but now I feel so much more confident in what I’m doing. The teachers have been really fantastic, friendly, supportive and helpful. I really enjoyed the course and really love the college, so I’ve decided to come back in September to do the Level 3. I’ve had the best time at this college.”

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