VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT2D1 GLH: Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/0229/X Units: 14 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2

Additional Information

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who are in a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beauty therapist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 1 qualification or equivalent in beauty therapy.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for beauty therapy and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

• Health safety and hygiene
• Consultation techniques and client care
• Manicure treatments
• Pedicure treatments
• Waxing services
• Facial treatments
• Skin type analysis
• Eyebrow shaping services
• Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
• Make-up applications
• Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients whilst providing a range of beauty treatments including facial treatments, skin analysis, manicure, pedicure, waxing, eyelash/eyebrow treatments and make-up applications. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification is one of two VTCT Technical Certificate qualifications in beauty therapy. In addition to this qualification there is the Level 2 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy; both qualify learners to become beauty therapists.

At 451 Total Qualification Time (TQT), the Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel.

The Extended Diploma at 554 TQT is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on beauty therapies, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills. Learners may wish to progress from the Diploma to the Extended Diploma.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners 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 beauty therapist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

• commercial salons
• destination/day spas
• independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
• care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one or more of the following areas:

• beauty therapy
• holistic therapies
• sports therapy

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical certificate category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the beauty therapy sector. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:

NameWebsite address
Federation of Holistic TherapistsFHT.org.uk
British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetologybabtac.com

Qualification Structure

Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT2D1.EX1 External Examination 1 BT2D1 2
BT2D1.EX2 External Examination 2 BT2D1 2
BT2D1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT2D1 2

Mandatory Unit Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 11 components and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT193M R/615/0644 Consultation techniques and client care 2 30
UBT194M Y/615/0645 Facial treatments 2 50
UBT195M H/615/0647 Skin type analysis 2 10
UBT196M K/615/0648 Manicure treatments 2 40
UBT197M M/615/0649 Pedicure treatments 2 40
UBT198M H/615/0650 Waxing services 2 50
UBT199M K/615/0651 Eyebrow shaping services 2 20
UBT200M M/615/0652 Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services 2 20
UBT201M T/615/0653 Make-up applications 2 40
UBT202M L/615/0948 Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists 2 45
UCO34M Y/615/0807 Health, safety and hygiene 2 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
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Kendal College 01539 814620 Visit website Cumbria
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
East Durham College 0191 518 2000 Visit website Durham
Wolsingham School and Community College 01388 527302 Visit website Durham
Darlington College 01325 503072 Visit website Durham - Darlington
Sussex Coast College Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Hair & Beauty Skills Academy 07805 170998 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360024 Visit website Hampshire
Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
Southampton City College 023 8057 7221 Visit website Hampshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
East Kent College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Folkestone 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Inspire 020 8304 9888 Visit website Kent
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
Vision West Notts College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 6311 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 6311 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon
ST. Mary’s College 02920 341212 Visit website Cardiff