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Beauty Therapy, Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Full Time


This course is an ideal starting point for those who would like a future career in the beauty industry. In this course you will study units which cover:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Health and safety
  • Principles of practice for Beauty Therapists
  • Waxing - Hair Removal
  • Facial and skin analysis treatments
  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Manual Tanning

The timetable includes a mixture of both practical and theory lessons. Initially you practice the treatments on each other; this is important as a beauty therapist needs to know what the treatments feel like in order to have empathy with their clients.(This is a mandatory requirement.) You will then complete pre-observations and final assessments.

All students will have the opportunity to work in our training Solutions salon in order to experience working on clients and to perfect their customer care skills. Solutions, is run as a fully functioning commercial salon offering a full range of professional consultations and treatments using top brands.. All of our tutors are highly qualified with excellent industry experience and all work hard to ensure our students benefit from this wealth of knowledge.

Students will enjoy enrichment from potential employers such as Steiner and Bannatynes. We also offer additional enrichment on other topics that may help with potential employment.

"The quality of teaching, learning and assessment in hairdressing and beauty therapy is good and reflects the good outcomes for learners. Teachers plan lessons well and have good vocational knowledge and experience. This helps learners develop their skills to appropriate commercial standards. Learners gain very good employability and commercial skills" - Ofsted 2013

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at 4 or above, including English, Maths and preferably Science.
Recent positive reference from school

Good English and Maths skills are essential for most jobs and courses you will progress onto. Depending on your grades when you start your course, you could either study Functional Skills or GCSEs alongside the other parts of your course programme. Please check our English and Maths page for further information.


Competency is assessed via practical assessments and each unit has an online theory exam. Please note that personal appearance is an extremely important part of this course as we follow the awarding body guidelines and are preparing students for a very demanding industry .

Students must be in full uniform for all practical lessons, make-up, and hair secured, with short, unvarnished nails. Only studs earrings to be worn, no hoops. Nail extensions are not allowed. Students are also advised that visible tattoos will severely restrict their job opportunities in the beauty industry.


Students that have successfully completed the course may progress onto Level 3 Beauty Therapy. Or other related subject including Hairdressing, Barbering or Make Up Artistry. Alternatively they could find an Apprenticeship. Future options at City College Norwich also include level 4 qualifications in Advanced Techniques and Management in Hair and Beauty Therapy or Make Up Artistry.

Career Progression

The Hair and Beauty industry is a vibrant, dynamic and creative sector offering fantastic employment and training opportunities. This sector alone employs nearly a quarter of a million people and is worth over £6 billion to the UK economy.
There are a wide variety of jobs for qualified beauty therapists, including salon and spa work both in the UK and abroad. Beauty therapists also work in hotels, on cruise liners, in hospitals and health clubs. With further experience, they can also become salon owners or follow careers in photography and fashion, teaching and training and work for manufacturers of beauty products as a technical advisor. Students could also look for an Apprenticeship for further training or set up as self-employed.

For further information and job profiles please check the National Careers Service website: Beauty Therapist, Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA).


For UK students aged under 19 years old on the 31st August prior to the start of your course, your tuition fees are free. In addition to this there will be costs for equipment, uniform and trips. Financial support could be available depending on your circumstances.

Please check our Finance pages for fee information and any financial help that may be available.

Where Next?

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.