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Level 2 Certificate in Beauty Specialist Techniques (Part Time Day)

This course is designed to kick-start your career and provide the essential practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to progress to a role in the beauty therapy industry or to higher level study.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Beauty
Adult and Community
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 36
Hours: 6.00
Start: 09/09/2024
Tuition: £1645
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

This course is designed to kick-start your career and provide the essential practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to progress to a role in the beauty therapy industry or to higher level study.

You will learn how to consult with clients and perform facial and skin analysis treatments, hair removal, manicure, pedicure, eye treatments and make-up. In parallel, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, all of which are valued highly by employers.

As part of your studies, you will be required to support the development of your skills and behaviours to meet industry standards.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude.

You will have an interview and discussion around what you want to achieve from studying this course.

Mandatory units are:

  • Client care and communication
  • Provide facial skincare
  • Provide eyelash and brow treatments
  • Apply make-up
  • Health and safety in the salon

You will also study some of the following additional units:

  • Provide manicure treatments
  • Apply skin tanning techniques
  • Provide pedicure treatments

This course will be delivered on-site at the Roundhouse. It is highly practical and so a basic level of fitness is required as you may spend long periods on your feet between breaks.

Theory lessons will require you to take notes in order to revise terminology and learn processes.

You will be working with clients. Often they are people with whom you will not be familiar or you may be asked to find your own clients on whom to undertake treatments. You will also receive treatments as a client as part of a reciprocal agreement with your peers. You need to be prepared to provide treatments on clients’ feet and hands as part of the course.

The course is planned to be delivered over one day per week. This is subject to change pending salon space, enrolment numbers and staff availability.

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

The kit will contain the essentials required to carry out a range of treatments. Financial assistance will be available for eligible candidates.

The uniform must be worn every day.

Please note that jewellery (including facial piercings) and nail extensions are not permitted for practical sessions. These must be removed in advance of practical classes. Black closed-toe shoes must be worn (no trainers or sandals) and hair should be tied back. 

When acting as a client (receiving treatments from a peer) you will need to remove all jewellery and remove strip eyelashes for facial treatments. Make-up will be removed for facial treatments so please consider this as part of your day (You may want to bring your make-up to reapply afterwards). Nail extensions to fingers and toes are not advised as they will be removed for manicure and pedicure treatments. You must be considerate about these requests as being unable to participate as a client will negatively impact your peers’ progress on the course.

If you have any limitations with regards to what treatments you can do due to medical restrictions or religious beliefs, please inform us immediately.

You will be assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, exams and assignments.

As the course is highly practical you should expect to have plenty of observations to ensure your competency in each treatment.

There will be written assessments and exams to assess your theoretical knowledge of the subject.

Further study

You can progress to a Level 3 Beauty Therapy qualification.


You can pursue a career in a wide range of roles in beauty salons and spas.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Beauticians and Related Occupations


Beauticians and Related Occupations

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 2, 2024 4:43 pm