Beauty Therapy Level 2/3

The Beauty Therapy Level 2/3 programme is designed to kick-start your career and provide the necessary skills and techniques for you to become a beauty therapist. With the option to specialise in year two, you are provided with a number of different opportunities and experiences, including working in our commercial campus salon.

Learning takes place through classroom activity, demonstrations and working in a realistic salon environment for practical assessment and case studies. When not working on real-life clients, you are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments. You will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in many exciting enrichment opportunities to include the latest upcoming trends.

***Applications for full-time courses to start in September 2022 are open now!***

We want to make sure you have the best chance of securing a place with us. All full-time applications received by 31st of January 2022 will be guaranteed a place at Colchester Institute, subject to you satisfying the published entry requirements. We still accept applications after this date but may not be able to guarantee you a place on your chosen programme.

Application for this course are made by the ‘Apply Online’ buttons located in the menu further down the page.

If you are looking to start, or are a parent/guardian of a learner looking to start in September 2022, then bookings for our popular January Open Events are also open.

January Open Events

How Will I Learn?

The Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 2 course is aimed at those looking to work in the beauty industry. This course provides learners with a range of essential technical and practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the beauty industry. These skills include carrying out treatments such as; manicure, pedicure, hair removal, facial treatments, lash and brow treatments and the application of make-up.

The advanced Beauty Therapy Diploma Level 3 course is for those wishing to follow a career in the beauty industry and build on their existing qualifications. The course focuses on the development of practical skills required for employment in the beauty therapy industry.

You will have the opportunity to participate in many exciting enrichment opportunities including beauty exhibitions in London and advanced massage workshops.

Course Content

Level 2 units may include:

  • Working in Beauty Related Industries
  • Follow Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty Related Industries
  • Promote Products and Services to Clients in a Salon
  • Salon Reception Duties
  • Provide Facial Skincare
  • Remove Hair using Waxing Techniques
  • Provide Manicure Treatments
  • Provide Pedicure Treatments
  • Apply Make-up
  • Provide Eyelash and Brow Treatments
  • Create an Image based on a Theme within Hair and Beauty

Level 3 Beauty Therapy with two available routes, units may include:

  • Working with Colleagues within the Beauty Related Industries
  • Monitor and Maintain Health and Safety Practice
  • Client Care and Communication in Beauty Related Industries
  • Promote and Sell Products and Services to Clients
  • Provide Body Massage
  • Provide Facial Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Provide Body Electrotherapy Treatments
  • Provide Indian Head Massage
  • Apply Hot Stone Therapy Massage
  • Apply Micro-Dermabrasion
  • Provide Self Tanning
Entry Requirements

Level 2: 4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths and an interview.

Level 3: Entry on to Level 3 is subject to satisfactory completion of the Level 2 qualification and report from the progression board.

*If you have previously studied a level 2 at another training provider and would like to enrol directly onto level 3 please contact our Admissions Department, where candidates will be assessed on individual basis prior to application.

Kit Costs

Level 2 Beauty Therapy

Uniform: £40*

Practical Kit (including text book): £272*

Level 3

Uniform: £40.00*

Practical Kit (including text book): £155.00*

*All prices indicated must be considered as estimated and prices may change without notice.

Career Opportunities

Employment in a salon, health spa, television, film studios, on board cruise liners and hotels throughout the world as beauticiannail technician or massage therapist. Students could progress to higher education courses, such as a HND Beauty Therapy.

Successful students from this course have gone on to set up their own business, work in a commercial salon and worked as mobile therapists.

Course Progression

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma will allow you to progress into employment or onto the Level 3 Diploma.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

Beauty Therapy Level 2/3 (16 - 18 Year Old Learners)

16 – 18 year old learners will follow a study programme consisting of Work Experience, Enrichment activities and your Beauty Therapy qualification. In addition to your main programme, you will study English and maths. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study either Functional Skills or GCSEs English and maths (one per year).

LevelLevel 2
DurationTwo Years
Year 1: Level 2
Year 2: Level 3*
*Level 3 offered at Colchester only
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Braintree Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free


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