Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB20115 GLH: 153 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/8970/5 Units: 5 - 7 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 19

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

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
Barnfield College 01582 569500 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
SkinAstute Aesthetic & Beauty Training Academy 07852 169344 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Holistic Beauty Academy 07876 680133 Visit website Berkshire - Reading
Beauty Workshop at Home Cottage 07801 654 233 (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
Devine Cosmetics Training Academy 07799 920203 Visit website Cheshire - Halton
B-Skill@Warrington 0191 2306690 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
B-Skill@Barrow 0191 2306690 Visit website Cumbria
Kendal College 01539 814700 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
Life Skills Centres Ltd 01246 275366 Visit website Derbyshire
Pro MUA Training 07973249093 Visit website Derbyshire
City College Plymouth 01752 305300 Visit website Devon
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
B-Skill@Brown Sugar College 0191 2306690 Visit website East Riding of Yorkshire - Kingston upon Hull
Lillian Maund Beauty Training Centre 01204 849300 Visit website Greater Manchester - Bolton
Manchester International Beauty Academy 0161 850 9770 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
QDOS Training LTD - Manchester 07878978017 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
SBA Nationwide Ltd 0333 014 4402 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
Reynolds Training Academy - Oldham 07834726244 Visit website Greater Manchester - Oldham
Woodspeen Beauty Academy 01484 429359 Visit website Greater Manchester - Oldham
The Sun and Beauty Rooms Training Academy 01942 221511 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
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
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
Allen & Walden Kent College of Beauty Therapy 01634710227 Visit website Kent - Medway
B-Skill@Burnley 07852 664324 Visit website Lancashire
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
B-Skill@House of Halteres 0191 2306690 Visit website Lancashire - Blackpool
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
Lincolnshire Vocational Training Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
LSCollege - Lewisham Campus 0203 757 3639 Visit website London - Lewisham
New City College - Redbridge Campus 020 8548 7400 Visit website London - Redbridge
Waltham Forest College 020 8501 8120 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Alt Valley Community Trust 0151 546 6249 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
B-Skill@Liverpool 0191 2306690 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
B-Skill@Birkenhead 07739 835 894 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
LivAva Training Academy 0151 651 0101 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
North West Vocational College 07886942673 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
QDOS Training LTD 01623 439658 Visit website Nottinghamshire
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College - Wheeler Gate Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Rotherham College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
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
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 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
QDOS - Bradford 07878978017 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Woodspeen Training Centre - Beauty Training Direct 01422 242421 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
The White Rose School of Health and Beauty 01484 510625 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Woodspeen Beauty Academy - Huddersfield 01484 429359 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Stylush +91 9872310269 Visit website India
American Beauty Academy +353 21 234 8338 Visit website Ireland
Renaissance Hair & Beauty Cosmetology Academy +353 868180180 Visit website Ireland
Ailin Traynor Makeup & Academy +353 86 414 2894 Visit website Newry, Mourne And Down
Velouté Academy +966 506090071 Visit website Saudi Arabia
Edinburgh College - Granton Campus 0131 297 9572 Visit website Edinburgh
Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus 0131 297 9040 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Coleg Gwent - Crosskeys Campus 01495 333460 Visit website Caerphilly
Mode Academy 07908154969 Visit website Denbighshire
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
The College Merthyr Tydfil 01685 726000 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