Vision Logo 2

Diploma in Beauty Therapy (VRQ) - Level 2


The VRQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy is the perfect course for those who have a passion for beauty therapy and treatments and want to begin a career as a beauty therapist.

You won’t need any prior beauty therapy skills or training, but a real desire for learning. You will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology, health and safety, client care and cosmetic beauty products and equipment.

You will also develop a range of technical skills to enable you to prepare the skin and apply a variety of skincare, eyelash and brow and make-up products, using different techniques. You will also develop interpersonal skills that will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

Units of study include:

  • Health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Provide eyelash and eyebrow treatments
  • Provide facial skin care
  • Apply make-up
  • Provide manicure treatments
  • Remove hair using waxing

Entry requirements

This course is only available to 16-18 year olds.

GCSE English language and maths with at least grade 3/D or equivalent or above.  Plus a dexterity test, attendance at a one-day ‘welcome day’ during July and August, or attendance at summer school if a progressing learner.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Start dates and fees

Please see the table below for information on start dates and costs.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1515A1198FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.


How will I be assessed?

Practical and written assessments.

What does the course lead to?

  • Working in a large salon/spa
  • Cruise ship
  • Beauty counter

What will I study?

  • Follow Health and Safety Practice in the Salon
  • Client care and communication in beauty related industries
  • Provide facial skincare
  • Remove hair using waxing techniques
  • Provide eyelash and brow treatments
  • Provide pedicure treatments
  • Apply Make-up
  • Apply Skin Tanning
  • Provide Eyelash Perming

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Apply online


Next steps

Attend an open evening

View our upcoming open evenings

Call our enquiries line free on

0808 100 3626
Bus service Financial support How to apply Course guides

Why choose West Notts?

The word 100% written in a circle

100% A Level pass rate in 2020

An icon of a reward rosette in a circle

Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

An icon of a tick and checkbox in a circle

One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

An icon of a bus in a circle

An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

An icon of a building in a circle

£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
**Learner Exit Survey 2017/18
2020 Appeals Process | Policies and statements | Freedom of Information | Accessibility Statement | Modern Slavery Statement | Privacy Notices
© West Nottinghamshire College