September 2024


Proficient in English reading, writing, listening and speaking


One year


Fully funded for 16-18

Level 2 Diploma

Beauty Therapy

This course is the ideal starting point for anyone wanting to pursue a career in beauty therapy, and you will complete this programme with the essential skills and techniques to prepare you for progression onto a Level 3 course to become a fully qualified beauty therapist.

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Course Overview

Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Our Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy teaches you the essential skills to start your journey to a career as a beauty therapist. You’ll learn to perform many of the most popular beauty treatments offered by salons and spas across the UK, such as nail care, waxing, and eyebrow and lash enhancement. We’ll also teach you about the responsibilities and duties you’ll be expected to carry out when working in a salon environment.

You’ll also explore sales and marketing techniques and the principles of good customer service, as well as learning about the beauty industry in the UK, health and safety legislation, and how all these elements work together in a salon environment to provide the best experience for your customers.

Practical learning takes place in LCBT’s own salon, where you will have the opportunity to practice your skills with real clients. We will provide you with a uniform to wear whilst you are at college and your own beauty kit to practice treatments.


  • Nail Services (Manicure & Pedicure)
  • Facials
  • Waxing
  • Lash & Brow Treatments
  • Salon Reception
  • Selling & Promoting Techniques
  • Client Care
  • Health & Safety
  • Knowledge of Beauty Industries
  • Head Massage
  • Apply Skin Tanning
  • Threading


You’ll gain practical industry experience and have the opportunity to attend or take part in beauty industry shows, events and careers fairs to help build your knowledge, experience and professional network.


Practical assessment, task assignments and online examination.

Awarding Body & Qualification

City & Guilds of London Institute

Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Entry Requirements

Aged 16+

Proficient in English reading, writing, listening and speaking

If you are 16-18 and haven’t achieved a minimum grade 4 in GCSE English and/or Maths, you will need to complete Functional Skills or the relevant GCSEs alongside your studies. This will be embedded into your course and is a mandatory government requirement. 

Overseas Applicants

Evidence of your legal right to study in the UK will be required. LCBT is unable to provide any assistance with visa applications.

Important Information

We are a diverse college and you may be in a group with students of all genders. You will be required to perform and receive all treatments with students on your course.  If you cannot have certain treatments performed for medical reasons please ensure you let us know when you apply.

Start Dates

September 2024

Duration & Timetable

One year, two days a week, with occasional weekends and evenings. If you are resitting Maths or English, you will study for an additional 2-4 hours per week.

Course fees

Fully funded for students aged 16-18

19+ and overseas applicants: £3,652 (includes materials, uniform and exam fees)

Materials fees

16-18: £140

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees

Uniform fees

16-18: fully funded

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees

Exam fees

16-18: fully funded

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees

The Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy gives you an excellent foundation in the skills required to work in a salon, spa or beauty retail setting, and on successful completion of the course you’ll be ready to progress onto a Level 3 course to become fully qualified as a beauty therapist or follow your passion for make-up or hairdressing.

Our careers advisors can help you decide on the route that is right for you and offer coaching and guidance to support you in securing a job in the beauty industry. You’ll also have access to our online Job Shop with current vacancies across the UK.

Progression options include: