In the UK there are 4,800 beauty salons and 36,000 hairdressing salons - 5,800 of which offer beauty therapy treatments (particularly those in hotels and leisure centres). There has been significant growth in the number of independent nail salons, spa facilities and beauty therapy salons offering an extended range of services.

This 12 month apprenticeship is designed for those who want to work in a beauty therapy role and can lead to an Advanced Level Apprenticeship.

Depending on the pathway followed and level achieved, learners completing an apprenticeship will undertake roles such as: junior beauty therapist, manicurist or skin care and makeup consultant (Intermediate Level), beauty therapist, electrolysist or masseur/ masseuse.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    Mandatory units:

    • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
    • Promote additional products and services to customers
    • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
    • Provide facial skin care treatment
    • Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and eyelashes
    • Carry out waxing services
    • Provide manicure services
    • Provide pedicure services.

    Optional units:

    • Provide makeup services
    • Fulfil salon reception duties.
    You will also complete courses in:
    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 1
    • English functional skills level 1
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Entry Requirements

    For the Intermediate Apprenticeship programme you should be 16 years old or over and working in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week – we can help you find employment. Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to:

    • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene
    • Practical, organisational and social skills
    • Attention to detail and cleanliness
    • An amicable nature and good communication skills for dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone
    • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract
    • A high degree of dexterity and coordination
    • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some chemicals, liquids and aerosols used may have a significant effect on their health condition.
    • Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in artificial colouring products and services, since makeup application and nail services require the ability to recognise tones, shades and changes in a range of colours.
  • Progression

    On successful completion of the Intermediate Apprenticeship, you may decide to progress to the Advanced Apprenticeship or progress in your career, possibly taking on a more senior role with supervisory responsibilities.

  • Assessment Method

    Competence and knowledge qualification: You must achieve a minimum of 54 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and assessor. Your assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards. Personal learning and thinking skills: Evidence will be collected to show that you have acquired the following skills:

    • Creative thinking
    • Independent enquiry
    • Reflective learning
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork
    • Effective participation.
    Transferable skills qualifications:
    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1
    • English Functional Skills Level 1

    Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

How to Apply

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 2

Location Isleworth

VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy

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