Beauty Therapy | VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0052-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Entry requirements: At least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, maths and science. Qualification: VTCT Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2 Awarding Body: VTCT

Why this course?

Studying beauty therapy at Brighton MET is exciting and will give you the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience to further your skills through study.

Based in our brand new professional salon, the course covers the elements for a career as an employed or self-employed beauty therapist. You will learn to provide a wide range of treatments, as well as developing your skills in customer service, communication and commercial awareness. 

Our salon is open to the public, giving you the real-world experience highly valued by employers.

Professional kits with high-quality products are available, as well as strong industry and employer links, external trips, guest speakers and product training.

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims.

Start dates

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  • alumni Views Claire Rogers
    The benefits for students coming to my business whilst they’re at college is that they're working within a team, they are part of a brand that's really known in the City and also they can see maybe what area they want to specialise in for their future.
  • alumni Views Lucy Yoxen Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3
    The course has enabled me to begin a brand new career in something that I am passionate about and start my own business which is going from strength to strength.
  • student Views Marta Jedrzejewska Level 3 Beauty Therapy
    I have learnt lots of new skills over the past two years, and I liked the fact that I could complete additional enrichment courses to upskill. The tutors have given me confidence and are very supportive and I now feel fully prepared to begin my career within the beauty industry.
  • student Views Mathilde Cimelli Level 2 Beauty Therapy
    I have really gained confidence during this course and learnt professional techniques and skills.
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  • Beauty salon at Central Brighton Campus

Entry requirements

Start at Level 2 if you have at least three GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, science and maths. 

Start at Level 1 if you have at least two GCSEs at grade 2 or above, preferably including English and maths. 

If you do not have the above qualifications, you can start on our Get Started in the Service Industries: Beauty and Makeup course.

In addition to the specified entry requirements, you may be required to undergo an assessment of your English skills to ensure you are at a sufficient level for your chosen course.


You will be expected to present yourselves in a professional manner, be polite and courteous. You will attend college wearing a uniform, with your hair up, nails cut short and free from varnish, and strictly no jewellery or facial jewellery is allowed. You will be expected to arrive punctual and attend all classes. These are all requirements of the awarding body.

Entry requirements

Course content

On this course you will gain experience of the following:

  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Skin type analysis
  • Waxing services
  • Eyebrow shaping/tinting and eyelash tinting
  • Eye services
  • Make-up applications
  • Reception duties
  • Commercial clients

Why the MET?

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and the beach.


  • Our beauty department offers brand new training facilities as part of our multi-million-pound development of Central Brighton Campus, which includes six hair & beauty salons and one state-of-the-art clinic
  • Gain real-world training experience in our professional salon, salon reception and nail bar open to the public
  • The use of industry branded equipment and products, plus additional training from external companies, such as Eve Taylor
  • Cafés and coffee bars with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support

Work experience

Our beauty department has very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET. 

You will have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position or making valuable contacts.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own business.

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

During the make-up course you may experience external trips or seminars with Kryolan, Mac and Bobbi Brown.


What's next?

Students who achieve this qualification are eligible to become members of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) or Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).

On successful completion of Level 2 Beauty Therapy you may wish to continue your studies at Brighton MET and progress to a Level 3 qualification in Beauty Therapy or Media Hair & Makeup.

Future careers
  • Commercial salons
  • Spas and hotels
  • Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios
  • Beauty and hair salons 
  • National health service
  • Product manufacturing and training

Course fees

This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.

Unemployed/Benefit Waiver and Level 2 Entitlement

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

  • You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status. 


  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £494 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £782 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)
  • You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Additional costs

  • You will need to buy uniform and kit for the course (approximately £500)
  • External trip to trade show: £20
  • Portfolio and stationery: £5-10

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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