Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy (Technical) (Adult Course)

This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This technical course will prepare you for a successful career as an employed and/or self-employed Beauty Therapist in the industry.

This course, designed in collaboration with employers and professional associations in the beauty therapy sector, will enable you to explore everything from eyelash and eyebrow services and manicure and pedicure treatments to facial and skin type analysis and makeup applications.

You will also gain insight from special guest speakers such as skincare specialists and local industry professionals.

At the end of your course, you will have the opportunity to become a member of the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, or Federation of Holistic Therapists, a membership that is highly valued and recognised by the industry.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

This course will take place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Health, safety and hygiene
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Manicure treatments
  • Pedicure treatments
  • Waxing services
  • Facial treatments
  • Skin type analysis
  • Eyebrow shaping services
  • Eyelash and eyebrow tinting services
  • Makeup applications
  • Anatomy and physiology for beauty therapists

How is it assessed?

An assessment will take place at the end of the course which will combine what you have learned from different parts of the course. Practice assessments will take place throughout the year.

You are also required to build a portfolio of evidence to support what has been carried out over the period of your course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including English and maths, or a level 1 Beauty Therapy qualification.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on the financial support that may be available, please visit our dedicated financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have the opportunity to progress on to:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

As a qualified Beauty Therapist, you could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • Commercial salons
  • Destination/Day spas
  • Independent/Self-employed/Mobile/Home-based setting
  • Care homes

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for financial support to cover these costs.

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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