This course will launch your career as a beauty therapist, enabling you to work in a beauty salon carrying out treatments and retailing professional product ranges. You may also consider working for yourself as a mobile therapist. This course covers ten units covering facials and skincare, waxing, specialised manicure and pedicure, eye enhancement (tinting, shaping and lashes), make up techniques and employability skills such as personal and professional development, customer service, retail, health & safety in the salon and salon reception skills.
You will achieve a qualification accredited by the awarding body VTCT, and add to your CV by attaining certificates from enrichment workshops delivered by external companies popular in the beauty industry such as Eve Taylor product knowledge, Airbase make-up, Caflon ear piercing, spray tanning, Gel polish techniques and FX lash effects. You will also study functional skills or GCSEs in English and maths.
The entry requirements for this course is as follows:
- Four GCSEs at grade D-F/3-2
- Relevant Level 1 qualification with Merit or above
- Relevant industry experience to Level 1 or above
Unit breakdown, Progression & More...
There are three methods of assessment:
- Practical observation (where you demonstrate your skills on clients)
- Oral (where you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skills)
- Written (where you carry out independent research and complete an assignment and online exams)
During the course you will build an e-portfolio of work, and you'll receive training on how to use the latest technology to manage this. The programme is unit based, and you will be assessed when you feel you are competent.
Aims of the course
To give you the skills and knowledge you need to become a practising beauty therapist.
While the main purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for employment as a senior beauty therapist, you may choose to develop your skills further by taking a course in beauty therapy at level 3 such as:
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Massage (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-Up (QCF)
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Nail Services (QCF).
Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using industry-recognised tools and products in our fully equipped salon. Our skilled teaching staff will utilise technology such as iPads and television viewing screens to support practical learning, enabling you to view demonstrations and close-up shots as many times as you need to during your practice. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients at our T'ien salon on campus. There will also be opportunities to venture out on educational visits and participate in professional training and workshops offered by external companies, as well as competition work.
In order to attend this course and achieve your qualification, you will be required to purchase uniform and a special kit. Further information on this will be provided at your interview. You may be eligible for assistance with equipment expenses (as well as for travel, books and childcare) ? for further information, please contact our Student Services Team on 020 3757 3000.
This course prepares you for a role as a beauty therapist in a high street salon or in independent/self-employed/mobile/home settings.