West Thames College London

Beauty Therapy - Level 2 Intensive

This course covers 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, eyebrow shaping and lash perming. You will take part in salon administration and reception duties.

Key course features


VTCT (VRQ) Level 2 Diploma

Level: Level 2

Mode: Part-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Those aged over 19 who want a career in beauty therapy, including people already employed in the industry and those with no previous experience.

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, eyebrow shaping, and lash perming
  • Tanning
  • Stock display
  • Reception
  • Salon administration.

In each unit you will perform practical skills, submit course work tasks and sit tests. To gain employment in all skills and to graduate to Level 3 the full award is necessary.

Additional opportunities

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

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?

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Treatments to become a fully qualified beauty therapist.

Entry requirements
A good general education with 2 GCSEs at grades A*-C / grades 9-5, preferably including English language and a science subject, or successful completion of Foundation Level Beauty Therapy with functional skills in English. You need patience, tolerance, creativity and a desire to succeed. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.

The course may be free if you are:

  • aged 19+ and in receipt of an active benefit (eg JSA or ESA)
  • aged 19+, unemployed and in receipt of a means-tested benefit (eg income support), and you are doing this course to improve your employment prospects
  • aged 19-23 and don't already have a Level 2 qualification.

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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