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T Level in Beauty Therapy

T Levels are two-year courses which expose students to an extended period of industry placement alongside an in-depth study of the vocational skills required in the sector.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Beauty
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 3
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
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Course Information for Students

T Levels are Level 3 qualifications that require high levels of academic rigour alongside an extended period of industry placement.  

They are two-year programmes. In Year One you study the core competencies for the sector before moving into your specialist area in Year Two.

An extended period of industry placement is a mandatory aspect of this qualification and will provide an excellent opportunity to impress potential employers in the sector.

These qualifications are pitched at learners with strong GCSE results.

Students are expected to have the majority of GCSEs at grade 4 or higher. Students will be better prepared for this level of study if they have previously studied Beauty at Level 2.

Learners need to be aware that the course includes a long period of industry placement, employer engagement and project work that requires a degree of responsibility, reliability and consistency with a professional approach and demeanour.

Students will develop an understanding of a broad range of issues relevant to the sector, including:

  • business context, including how the sector operates
  • health and safety regulations
  • safe working practices
  • an understanding of the client journey
  • client consultation
  • sales and marketing
  • business practices
  • self-development

In addition to the core content, each student will also complete at least one module of occupation-specific content.

The specialisms available in the T Level are:

  • barbering
  • hairdressing
  • beauty therapy

Your week will consist of three days of face-to-face teaching. This will involve a mix of theory and practice. 

You will prepare for exams through a range of formative assessments and phase tests will prepare you for a successful industry placement.

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.

Students who meet the required elements of their T Level will be awarded an overall grade in the form of a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.

This grade will be determined from the results of an employer-set project, core and occupational specialism exams.

You will need to undertake numerous practice tests and exams to be best prepared for the assessments.

On completion of the T Level you will be in a great position to work within the beauty sector or alternatively you can go on to study at university.

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

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 17, 2023 2:35 pm