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Beauty Therapy Level 1/2

Full-time (Further Education)

Please note: We recommend that you have access to a laptop or Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one.

Course Description

  • Are you interested in working in the beauty industry?
  • Would you like to achieve a range of professional skills in this area?

If you answered yes to both of the above questions, then this course may be an ideal route to achieving this goal.

This qualification will enable you to improve the appearance of the hands and feet with manicure and pedicure techniques, you will also learn how to provide relaxing head massage treatments, cleansing, toning and moisturising treatments and you will learn how to give advice on skin care and day make-up application. Skills will also cover artistic and creative elements on the course such as nail art, themed face painting and photographic make-up.

You will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety and develop underpinning knowledge of salon reception duties, retail displays and working with others.

Throughout this course 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 provide a variety of treatments using different techniques, including developing interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

The first part of the programme will run from September through to February half term, with the aim of achieving the VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty Therapy.

Within this you will cover the following topics:

  • Follow health & safety in the salon

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector

  • Providing manicure treatments

  • Providing pedicure treatments

  • Salon reception duties

  • Facial skincare

  • The art of photographic Make-up

  • Themed face painting

  • Working with others in the beauty sector

  • Make-up application

  • Create a hair and beauty image

  • Nail Art application

  • Presenting a professional image in the salon.

The second part of the programme runs from February with a completion planned for the end of June, with the aim of achieving the following:

  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Award in Eyebrow & Eyelash treatments

  • VTCT Level 2 Award in LED Gel Polish Techniques

  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Award in Make-Up

Your programme will include a combination of:

  • Essential Skills qualifications and/or

  • GCSE resits

This may include a combination of Application of Number, Communication, Digital Literacy and Essential Employability Skills. There may also be the opportunity to undertake GCSE Numeracy/Maths and/or Welsh/English Language resits.

Following the completion of both the level 1 Diploma and the level 2 units you will have options to develop your skills in a specialist pathway by undertaking further studies at level 2 or to look for employment. Gaining employment may give you further opportunities to gain skills and qualifications whilst working in the industry.

For those considering self employment in the future, we also offer the opportunity to join the following workshops throughout the year.

  • Enterprise workshop

  • Financial Matters workshops

You will work with a Personal Tutor who will help you organise your studies and meet with you at least once a week.

Entry Criteria

In order to qualify for this course, you will need a willingness to learn, self motivated and good organisational skills are essential plus at least one of the following:

  • 2 GCSEs at grade D or above

  • You will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to study by achieving your GCSE target grades and completing year 11 with good attendance.

  • Successful completion of a Traineeship, Pre-vocational, Pathways or School Link Programme

  • Relevant industry experience

If you are not sure if you have the entry requirements profile, or would like to discuss these entry requirements further, please contact learner services via the chat function or directly. Learner services will be able to discuss your profile and advise you of course options.

We recommend that you have access to a laptop/Chromebook to enable coursework to be completed digitally at home. There is a dedicated IT Digital Inclusion fund to support those learners who do not have a digital device and are unable to purchase one. Please contact Learner Services about this if you need more information.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview with the Personal Tutor who will give you the opportunity to discuss the course and content further .


The course will be delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Practical Delivery

  • Theory Sessions

  • Workshops

  • Commercial Salon Training

  • Google classroom as a Virtual Learning Environment


For these qualifications you are required to produce a portfolio of evidence. In this portfolio it will confirm the knowledge, understanding and skills that you will learn. This may include a range of the below:

  • Observed work

  • Witness statements

  • Audio-visual media

  • Evidence of prior learning or attainment – Written questions

  • Oral questions

  • Assignments

  • Case studies

  • Online examinations


The course gives you a qualification and a valuable set of skills, helping you to progress into employment and further education.

You could proceed onto a number of courses at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, including:

  • Beauty Therapy Level 2

  • Foundation Apprenticeship Level 2 in Beauty Therapy

Other details

Course type: Full-time (Further Education)

Level: 1+2

Programme Area:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy


The majority of the learning materials are bilingual and there are opportunities for you to develop your Welsh Language skills whilst completing this course.

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

Learn more about this area and see our course level guide:

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

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