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Beauty Therapy - VTCT Level 2 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy

This is a technical qualification for students over the age of 19 who wish to pursue a career as a beauty therapist.

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Key information

Course code: B0534A Course type: Part-time professional, Full-time Duration: 1 Year Start date: 11 September 2018 Entry requirements: Desirable grade C or equivalent in Mathematics, English and Science End qualification: VTCT Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy Level 2 Awarding body: VTCT Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £1,761 Assessment: Practical assessments and exams. See additional information

Course aims and areas

Studying Beauty Therapy at Brighton MET is hands on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience, to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

This vocational course will extend your skills as a Beauty Therapist by introducing you to a large range of specialist beauty treatments and by giving you the opportunity to develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, all of which are highly valued by employers. This increased depth of knowledge will prepare you for work in salons, hotels, health and fitness spas, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

Course Units

  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Waxing services
  • Skin type analysis
  • Eyebrow shaping service
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
  • Makeup applications
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists
  • Gel polish application
  • Process payments for beauty purchases
  • Promote and encourage beauty retail sales
  • Salon reception duties

Why the MET?

You will have access to professional commercial areas and a salon with paying customers 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.  

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.

Entry Requirements

If there are any applicable entry requirements, these will be listed in the key information section above.

Course Costs

The cost and whether or not you have to pay for your course depends on your age, circumstances and educational history. To find out which category applies to you, please visit our course fees page by clicking below.

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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 businesses.

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). As a specialist make-up artist, you could progress directly into a variety of employment contexts, including:

  • Professional make-up artistry settings working with performers
  • Theatre, film, print media, photographic studios 
  • Beauty and hair salons
  • National health service
  • Product manufacturing and training

After Level 2, you can progress to:

  • FdA Theatre Arts (Make-up and Hair for Theatre and Media)
  • Level 3 Extended Diploma in Theatrical, Media, Hair and Make-up
  • Level 2 / 3 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 / 3 Barbering
  • Level 2 / 3 Beauty therapy
  • Level 2 African Caribbean Hair


  • Our Beauty department benefits from fantastic facilities that will provide you with a real-world training experience and a top education.
  • Professional standard beauty and hairdressing salons that are open to the general public, providing a realistic working environment.
  • 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. 

You will need to buy uniform and kit for the course (approximately £500)

You should have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science. If you do not have these grades you can start on Level 1 Beauty or Level 1 Hairdressing. To optimise your chance of success, you will ideally have a Level 1 or 2 in beauty, hair or another relevant qualification.

There is a compulsory additional 2 weeks work experience for this course 

Assessment information

Service Portfolio (does not contribute to the overall qualification grade)

Graded Practical Assessments (50% of qualification grade)

Graded Synoptic Assessment (20% of qualification grade)

External Examination (30% of qualification grade)

  • alumni Views Angelique Henderson Design and Create fashion and Photographic Makeup

    “It was a wonderful course and I learnt a lot of tips and tricks, Rebecca was a great tutor”

    Angelique Henderson
  • 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.”

    Claire Rogers

Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

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  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

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Beautician or related occupation

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses clients requirements, analyses and advises client on appropriate skin care, and applies treatments to the face or body.
  • Massages scalp, face and other parts of the body and carries out spray tanning.
  • Uses waxing, threading, sugaring and other epilation techniques to remove any unwanted body hair.
  • Cleans, shapes and polishes finger and toe nails, applies nail extensions.
  • Applies make-up to hide blemishes or enhance facial features and advises clients on skin care and make-up techniques.
  • Performs specialist treatments for conditions such as acne, applies skin rejuvenation therapies.
  • Recognises problems and refers clients to medical practitioners if appropriate.
  • Advises clients on diet and exercise to assist in weight loss and slimming.
  • Maintains client records, sells and advises on cosmetic products and services, and ensures appropriate health and safety issues are addressed.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

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ENTRY £13,767

AVERAGE £16,361


Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Learning Strategies
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Science
  • Mathematics

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