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Beauty Therapy L2

Beauty Therapy, Level 2

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, 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
  • Principles of practice for Beauty Therapists
  • Hair Removal Treatments
  • Facial and skin analysis treatments
  • Manicure services
  • Pedicure services
  • Light cured gel polish
  • Lash and brow treatments
  • Apply make up

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. You will then go through pre-observations and final assessments.

All students also have a weekly shift 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 such as Louise Young, Decleor, St Tropez. 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 are offered enrichment such as trips to Professional Beauty and extra courses for example, ear piercing, threading, gel nails etc. All students have opportunities to participate in College events such as fashion shows, the Royal Norfolk Show, hair and beauty shows and other off-site activities to build practical experience. We regularly participate in competitions such as World Skills UK.

"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 D or 3 including English, Maths and preferably Science.

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


The course is assessed via an external practical and a theoretical assessment which will draw knowledge from the mandatory content of the qualification. The practical exam could be up to 6 hours in length with the theoretical exam content using short and extended answer style questions. Please note that personal appearance is an extremely important part of this course as we are preparing students for a very demanding industry.

Students must be in full uniform for all practical lessons, this includes wearing tights, full make-up, and hair in a tight bun, with short, unvarnished nails. Nail extensions and visible piercings/jewellery 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 subject including Hairdressing, Beauty 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. Equipment and uniform costs for 2018/19 tbc

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