Course Title Level 2 Technical Certificate in Beauty Therapy
Level: 2
Code Y533

Overview of the Course

This qualification is aimed at those who are looking to start a career in the Beauty Therapy industry. It aims to provide you with a range of essential knowledge, technical and practical skills which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the beauty industry. These skills include carrying out treatments such as manicures, pedicures, hair removal, facial treatments, lash and brow treatments, application of make-up and light cured gel polish. You will develop personal qualities to enable you to offer excellent client care and communication to professional standards. You will also learn the theory, anatomy and physiology that support these treatments.

What are the career opportunities?

You could progress into employment, onto an apprenticeship, or further your studies by taking other qualifications at Level 3. Upon successful completion of this qualification, you will be qualified to work in a number of employment destinations such as beauty salons, spas, hotels or health clubs.

What are the entry requirements?

This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16 years. You do not need any previous knowledge or experience in Beauty Therapy to start this qualification. You will need three or more GCSEs including Science and English Language at grade A*-C (9-4) or a Level 1 qualification.

How long is the course and when can I start?

The course runs full time for one year, starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The course includes nine mandatory units and one optional unit chosen by the course team. Assessment is by an end of year, externally set, theory exam and an externally set synoptic assignment (practical exam). In addition, you must also achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement, which will include compulsory, meaningful work experience in a Beauty Therapy establishment and actively partake in a range of other employer interactions in order to successfully achieve this qualification. Mandatory units: Anatomy and Physiology, Principles of practice for beauty therapists, Hair removal treatments, Facial and skin analysis treatment, Manicure services, Pedicure services, Light cured gel polish, Lash and brow treatments, Apply make-up. As an optional unit you may select tanning treatments. The synoptic assessment will form 60% of the overall mark and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The theory exam will form 40% of the overall mark and will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. The two grades will then be combined to give an overall grade.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you have the essential technical skills, knowledge of health and safety and customer service to be employed as a beauty therapist. This qualification could lead to a job as a beauty therapist working in one of the following establishments: Beauty Salon, Spa, Health Club, Cruise Ship and Hotel. To be successful in Beauty Therapy, you will need to get on with people from all walks of life, enjoy working as part of a team and be prepared to constantly update your skills. English and communication skills are particularly important. You need to be able to speak and listen to people of all ages, gender and social backgrounds. English skills will be further developed and embedded within your study of the curriculum. Your understanding of maths will be put to the test when using the various electrical units, calculating timings and developing pricings of treatments, amongst other things.

Work experience

You will be required to undertake structured work experience that develops skills and knowledge relevant to the qualification. This will be timetabled towards the end of the first term. This is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to ensure this takes place. Your work experience will allow you to gain exposure to the sector you wish to work in, start to develop the key employability skills and give you the opportunity to network, with a view to gaining employment.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

Employer involvement is a formal requirement of this qualification, which will enhance and enrich your experience. Trips and visits will be planned to support your achievement. A ‘World of Work’ week is also scheduled where new skills are introduced and industry specialists are invited in order to keep you up to date with current trends.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

This qualification requires you to purchase a uniform package and kit. The uniform package includes shoes and a fob watch.

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