Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT2D6 GLH: 345 Age Restriction: 15
Qualification Number: 603/0237/9 Units: 15 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 2 Diploma for Beauticians is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-18 who are in a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed beautician.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, learners 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 beautician. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Health safety and hygiene
- Consultation techniques and client care
- Manicure treatments
- Pedicure treatments
- Eyebrow shaping services
- Make-up applications
- Manual tan application
- False eyelash application
- Gel polish applications
- Nail art services
- Promote and encourage beauty retail sales
- Anatomy and physiology for beauticians

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 false eyelashes, gel polish application, nail art, manual tan application, manicure, pedicure, 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 the only VTCT technical certificate qualification for beauticians; it will qualify learners to become employed as a beautician.

At 415 Total Qualification Time (TQT), this 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.

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
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- counter consultants

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

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 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT2D6.EX1 External Examination 1 BT2D6 2
BT2D6.EX2 External Examination 2 BT2D6 2
BT2D6.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT2D6 None



Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 12 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT146M J/615/0785 Manual tan application 3 30
UBT193M R/615/0644 Consultation techniques and client care 2 30
UBT196M K/615/0648 Manicure treatments 2 40
UBT197M M/615/0649 Pedicure treatments 2 40
UBT199M K/615/0651 Eyebrow shaping services 2 20
UBT201M T/615/0653 Make-up applications 2 40
UBT203M F/615/0655 Promote and encourage beauty retail sales 2 30
UBT214M Y/615/0760 Gel polish applications 2 20
UBT216M K/615/0763 Nail art services 2 30
UBT232M D/615/0792 Anatomy and physiology for beauticians 2 25
UBT87M A/507/5511 False eyelash application 2 20
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.

Centres approved to run this qualification

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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
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Hartlepool College of Further Education 01429 295111 Visit website Durham - Hartlepool
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
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Susan Gerrard Beauty Academy 0345 217 1360 Visit website Hertfordshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Oasis Academy Isle of Sheppey 01795 873591 / 07593 734006 Visit website Kent
Ormiston Victory Academy 01603 742310 Visit website Norfolk
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire