Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AB20178 GLH: 250 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/9607/2 Units: 7 - 18 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 31

Additional Information

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH)

The minimum guided learning hours (GLH) to achieve this qualification is 250 GLH.

Primary outcome

The primary outcome of the VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques is to prepare you to enter the specific sector of beauty therapy as a junior beauty therapist. All the units in this qualification relate directly to the specific job role of a junior beauty therapist.


The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a junior beauty therapist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a junior beauty therapist 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 junior beauty therapist artist including mandatory units covering the following: facial skincare, eyelash and eyebrow treatments, make-up, health and safety and client care.

You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: waxing, tanning, make-up lesson, ear piercing, threading, sugaring, manicure, pedicure, nail art, eyelash perming, salon reception duties, displaying stock and a business unit.

Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic beauty products and equipment. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to prepare the skin, and apply a variety of skincare, eyelash and brow and 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 junior beauty therapist. You will also be eligible to join a professional association and gain insurance as a junior beauty therapist. Career opportunities as a junior beauty therapist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

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

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in beauty specialist techniques at Level 2. Whilst both qualifications will qualify you to become a junior beauty therapist, this qualification will allow you to specialise in beauty specialist techniques for the face only. In contrast the VTCT Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques at 456 GLH, will cover beauty specialist techniques for the face and body.

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

- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-Up
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Make-Up Artistry
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Theatrical, Special Effects and Hair and Media Make-Up
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Nail Technology
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Massage Therapy
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Spa and Body Treatments

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 junior beauty therapist. Holders of this qualification are eligible to become a professional member of BABTAC. Further information on BABTAC membership can be found on their website.

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 5 components and earn a minimum of 21 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20398 A/601/3987 Provide facial skincare 2 7 56
UV20419 F/601/3554 Provide eyelash and brow treatments 2 4 36
UV20437 J/601/4222 Apply make-up 2 5 41
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 2 components and earn a minimum of 10 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20418 J/601/3555 Remove hair using waxing techniques 2 6 57
UV20420 H/601/3563 Apply skin tanning techniques 2 4 30
UV20438 L/601/4223 Instruction on make-up application 2 5 34
UV20439 F/601/5482 Provide ear piercing 2 2 17
UV20442 D/601/5487 Provide threading services for hair removal 2 4 29
UV20446 A/601/4217 Remove hair using sugaring 2 4 29
UV20470 T/601/4569 Provide manicure treatments 2 5 48
UV20471 R/601/4448 Provide pedicure treatments 2 5 48
UV20472 L/601/4450 Provide nail art 2 3 24
UV20473 H/601/5877 Provide eyelash perming 2 2 20
UV20489 A/600/8773 Salon reception duties 2 3 24
UV20490 J/600/8761 Display stock to promote sales in a salon 2 3 24
UV30449 A/601/5500 Contribute to the effective running of business 3 3 30

*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
Barnfield College 01582 569500 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
SkinAstute Aesthetic & Beauty Training Academy 07852 169344 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Elysium Salon and Private Academy Limited 01763 449005 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Angelique Beauty & Holistic Academy 01229 821411 Visit website Cumbria
Newton Rigg College 01768 893400 Visit website Cumbria
Polished Nails and Beauty Training - Cumbria 07745 186058 Visit website Cumbria
City College Nottingham - Charnwood Street Learning Centre 01332 290529 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Newton Abbot College 01626 883192 Visit website Devon
Weymouth College 01305 761100 Visit website Dorset
The Bournemouth and Poole College of FE 01202 205205 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
Bella Marie Training Academy 07817453787 Visit website Durham
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Abacus Training Group - Loughton 01273 584002 Visit website Essex
Beautec Beauty Academy 020 3384 8427 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Southend Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
South Essex College of Further and Higher Education - Thurrock Campus 0845 521 2345 Visit website Essex - Thurrock
Cheltenham School of Complementary Therapy & Beauty 01242 255440 Visit website Gloucestershire
II Intuitive 01594 846293 Visit website Gloucestershire
Yate Academy 01454 862624 Visit website Gloucestershire - South Gloucestershire
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
Radiance International Hair & Beauty Academy 07894561643 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
Stockport College 0161 296 5000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Stockport
Trafford College (Altrincham Campus) 01618867046 Visit website Greater Manchester - Trafford
Acacia Beauty Academy 01590 645547 Visit website Hampshire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Cottage Training Centre 01489 565176 Visit website Hampshire
Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
Farnborough College of Technology 01252 407208 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Bee Zee Institute of Beauty Therapy - Watford 01923 249990 Visit website Hertfordshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Beauty Academy Sevenoaks 01732 660159 Visit website Kent
Beauty Barn Training Academy Ltd 07999 435183 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
Positive Pathways Beauty Limited 07957 783163 Visit website Kent
SB Hair and Beauty Academy Ltd 01732 842465 Visit website Kent
The John Wallis Church of England Academy 01233 623465 Visit website Kent
Elite Colours Limited 01524 561502 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
West Lancashire College 01695 52300 Visit website Lancashire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Sister Beauty Centre Ltd 020 3302 0161 Visit website London - Barnet
College of North West London 0208 208 5879 Visit website London - Brent
Felicity Natural Beauty LTD 020 8450 7326 Visit website London - Brent
Queens Academy London - Alperton 07747 603333 Visit website London - Brent
West London Beauty Academy 0208 795 3313 Visit website London - Brent
Queens Academy London - Kingscross 07747 603333 Visit website London - Camden
The Beauty Academy - London 0845 601 8272 Visit website London - Camden
Specialist Trade Courses - Romford 01279 210005 Visit website London - Havering
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Norris Green Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Park Road Liverpool Adult Learning Centre 0151 233 8539 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Es Paradis College of Nails, Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing 07709 417132 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Birkenhead Sixth Form College 0151 652 5575 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
LivAva Training Academy 0151 651 0101 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Springwood High School 01553 773393 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Redcar Adult Learning Service 01642 771197 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
Joseph Rowntree School 01904 552100 Visit website North Yorkshire - York
City College Nottingham 0115 910 1455 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Nottingham College 0115 910 0100 Visit website Nottinghamshire - Nottingham
Abingdon and Witney College - Abingdon Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Abingdon and Witney College - Witney Campus 01235 216415 Visit website Oxfordshire
Shrewsbury Colleges Group 01743 342342 Visit website Shropshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Beauty & Holistic Training 01302 856504 Visit website South Yorkshire - Doncaster
Burton and South Derbyshire College 01283 494774 Visit website Staffordshire
Newcastle-under-Lyme College 01782 715111 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
Lowestoft College 01502 525005 Visit website Suffolk
bodyNsoul Beauty Salon & Training Centre 01276 36866 Visit website Surrey
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Kingston College 020 8268 2550 Visit website Surrey
Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College 01276 709050 Visit website Surrey
Barnardo’s Employment and Training Skills North 0191 2963367 Visit website Tyne And Wear - North Tyneside
North Warwickshire and Hinckley College 024 7624 3000 Visit website Warwickshire
The Academy Training Hair and Beauty Limited 024 7655 9559 Visit website West Midlands - Coventry
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Aesthetic Hair and Beauty Training Centre 01293 531900 Visit website West Sussex
Chichester College - Chichester Campus 01243 786321 Visit website West Sussex
Ashwood Beauty and Holistic Academy 01274 686330 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Bradford Aesthetics Hair and Beauty College 01274 981240 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Salma's Beauty Academy - Bradford 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Acacia Training Ltd - Batley 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Ixion Holdings (Contracts) Limited 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Salma's Beauty Academy 01924 420010 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Leeds City College - Rothwell Centre 0113 2162282 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
True Beauty Academy 01924 609876 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Olive Training 01985 840093 Visit website Wiltshire
Therapy Courses 01722 711603 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
Evesham College part of WCG 01386 712604 Visit website Worcestershire
Fairfield Neighbourhood Learning Centre 01905 758420 Visit website Worcestershire
Heart of Worcestershire College - Redditch 01527 572522 Visit website Worcestershire
Heart of Worcestershire College - Worcester 01905 726631 Visit website Worcestershire
JBH training Ltd 07712 649091 Visit website Worcestershire
Malvern Hills College part of WCG 01684 58471 Visit website Worcestershire
Wellness Institute +233 24 867 6431 Visit website Ghana
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Attitude Hair and Beauty Academy +91 1822 500222 Visit website India
ISAS International Beauty School +91 7507985007 Visit website India
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
American Beauty Training Academy +353 21 234 8338 Visit website Ireland
Gorey Institute of Beauty +353 53 943 0338 Visit website Ireland
Park Lane Beauty Training Academy 01624 611666 Visit website Isle of Man
Highlands College 01534 608608 Visit website Jersey
Energise Therapies Training Academy - Glasgow 07889 815165 Visit website Glasgow City
Amani International Training Academy +27 11 268 2060 Visit website South Africa
Bodyframe Wellness Boutique - BWB +27 633660466 Visit website South Africa
KZN Beauty Training Institute +27 31 8280464 Visit website South Africa
Skyline College +27 31 3012494 Visit website South Africa
Coleg Gwent - Ebbw Vale Campus 01495 333777 Visit website Blaenau Gwent
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg Sir Gar - Graig Campus 01554 748000 Visit website Carmarthenshire
Emrys-ap-Iwan Community College 01745 832287 Visit website Conwy
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Llandrillo 01492 546666 Visit website Conwy
Browns & Co Training Academy 01745888606 Visit website Denbighshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Llandrillo, Rhyl 01745 354797 Visit website Denbighshire
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Meirion Dwyfor 01341 422827 Visit website Gwynedd
Grwp Llandrillo Menai - Coleg Menai 01248 370125 Visit website Gwynedd
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff