Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB20115 GLH: 153 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/8970/5 Units: 5 - 7 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 19

Additional Information

Guided Learning Hours

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 153 GLH.

Primary Outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Cosmetic Make-up and Beauty Consultancy is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a beauty consultant. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a beauty consultant.


The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Cosmetic Make-up and Beauty Consultancy is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a beauty consultant. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a beauty consultant, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in beauty therapy and/or a successful skills test and interview.

This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty consultant including the mandatory units, applying make-up and instruction on make-up, client care, health and safety.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments, displaying stock to promote sales and promoting products and services. The structure of this qualification will enable you to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for the job role of beauty consultant.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the skin, health and safety, client care and cosmetic products. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the skin and apply a variety of make-up products using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

What could this qualification lead to?

This qualification will prepare you for employment as a beauty consultant. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a beauty consultant. Career opportunities as a beauty consultant exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Working in a retail concession in a department store
- Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

This is the only VTCT qualification which will qualify you as a beauty consultant.

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare you for employment as a beauty consultant, you may choose to develop your skills further by undertaking qualifications in beauty therapy at level 3, these include:

- Level 3 Diploma in Make-up Artistry
- Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up
- Level 3 Certificate in Fashion and Photographic Make-Up
- Level 3 Certificate in Camouflage Make-Up
- Level 3 Certificate in Face and Body Art
- Level 3 Award in Lash Extensions
- Level 3 Award in Airbrush Make-Up

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional association, the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a beauty consultant. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found here.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 15 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20437 J/601/4222 Apply make-up 2 5 41
UV20438 L/601/4223 Instruction on make-up application 2 5 34
UV20453 A/601/4458 Client care and communication in beauty-related industries 2 2 20
UV20483 R/600/8763 Follow health and safety practice in the salon 2 3 22

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 components and earn a minimum of 4 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20419 F/601/3554 Provide eyelash and brow treatments 2 4 36
UV20490 J/600/8761 Display stock to promote sales in a salon 2 3 24
UV20492 T/600/8769 Promote products and services to clients in a salon 2 3 28

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Dermaskin 01767 261490 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
SkinAstute Aesthetic & Beauty Training Academy 07852 169344 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Holistic Beauty Academy 07876 680133 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Beauty Workshop Training 0118 978 6900 Visit website Berkshire - Wokingham
City of Bristol College - Ashley Down Centre 0117 312 5000 Visit website Bristol, City of
Buckinghamshire College Group - Aylesbury Campus 01296 588588 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Red Barn Training 07877 356600 Visit website Buckinghamshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Queen Katharine Academy 01733 383888 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Devine Cosmetics Training Academy 07799 920203 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
MelVicMakeup Academy Ltd 07816 224009 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
City College Plymouth 01752 305300 Visit website Devon
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
3FIFTY3 Ltd 07498 403977 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
Lillian Maund Beauty Training Centre 01204 849300 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester International Beauty Academy 0161 708 0118 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Beauty Academy - Manchester 0845 601 8272 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
The Academy of Beauty Therapy 01962 733352 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Holistic and Beauty Training @ The Rooms 01462 730297 Visit website Hertfordshire
Mount Grace School 01707 655512 Visit website Hertfordshire
North Hertfordshire College - Hitchin Campus 01462 424242 Visit website Hertfordshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
The Malling School 01732 840995 Visit website Kent
The Towers School and 6th Form Centre 01233 653531 Visit website Kent
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
Blackpool and the Fylde College - Bispham Campus 01253 504625 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Silk Powder 0116 270 7692 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy Ltd 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
Barnet and Southgate College - The Spa 020 8266 4000 Visit website London - Barnet
Zeba Hair and Beauty 020 7372 8599 Visit website London - Camden
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
UK Beauty Schools Ltd - Essex 01708 369055 Visit website London - Havering
LSCollege - Lewisham Campus 020 3757 3000 Visit website London - Lewisham
Sitting Prettie Academy 020 3417 4042 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest College 020 8501 8120 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Blink Brow Bar Training Academy 020 7486 1880 Visit website London - Westminster
Alt Valley Community Trust 0151 546 6249 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Global Make Up Academy 0151 347 2408 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Norris Green Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Es Paradis College of Nails, Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing 07709 417132 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
LivAva Training Academy 0151 651 0101 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
City College Nottingham 0115 910 1455 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Health Academics 07956 371542 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
The Sheffield College 0114 260 2600 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
The Sheffield School of Health and Beauty 0114 275 0201 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
Stoke on Trent College - Cauldon Campus 01782 208208 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Fit UK Training and Education Ltd 0844 579 0979 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
American Beauty Training Academy +353 21 234 8338 Visit website Ireland
Renaissance Hair & Beauty Cosmetology Academy +353 868180180 Visit website Ireland
Peach & Sorrel Beauty Academy +356 2144 6640 Visit website Malta
Edinburgh College - Granton Campus 0131 559 4050 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus 0131 559 4876 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
H2O International Hair and Beauty Academy +34 96 646 1158 Visit website Spain
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
NPTC Group - Brecon 0845 408 6400 Visit website Powys
NPTC Group - Newtown 0845 408 6200 Visit website Powys
The College Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726000 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
ULearn College 029 2111 1050 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Gower College Swansea 01792 284049 Visit website Swansea
Cardiff and Vale College - Barry Campus 01446 725000 Visit website Vale of Glamorgan
Coleg Cambria - Yale Campus 0300 30 30 007 Visit website Wrexham
CS Beauty Academy Wrexham 01978 846266 Visit website Wrexham