VTCT Level 2 Extended Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: BT2ED1 GLH: Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/0230/6 Units: 0 - 22 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2

Additional Information

Statement of purpose


Who is this qualification for?


The VTCT Level 2 Extended 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.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to complete four optional units. A variety of optional units are available which include; gel polish applications, manual tan application, threading services, nail art services, display stock to promote beauty sales, process payment for beauty purchases, promote and encourage beauty retail sales, salon reception duties.

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 Diploma in Beauty Therapy; both qualify learners to become beauty therapists.

At 554 Total Qualification Time (TQT) the Extended Diploma 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.

At 451 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.

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
BT2ED1.EX1 External Examination 1 BT2ED1 2
BT2ED1.EX2 External Examination 2 BT2ED2 2
BT2ED1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment BT2ED1 2
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
Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UBT146X Y/507/5502 Manual tan application 3 20
UBT203X H/615/0793 Promote and encourage beauty retail sales 2 30
UBT207X K/615/0794 Display stock to promote beauty sales 2 30
UBT208X M/615/0795 Process payment for beauty purchases 2 20
UBT214X Y/615/0647 Gel polish applications 2 20
UBT216X T/615/0801 Nail art services 2 30
UBT231X J/615/0799 Threading services 2 20
UCO29X D/507/5629 Salon reception duties 3 25

*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

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
Chesterfield College 01246 500500 Visit website Derbyshire
Sussex Coast College Hastings 01424 458395 Visit website East Sussex
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360024 Visit website Hampshire
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
East Kent College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Folkestone 01303 858216 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
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon

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