Beauty Therapy Level 2 & Level 3

Overview (NV)

Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3 Diploma

Course length
1 year full-time per level


Our practical courses will equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the glamorous beauty therapy industry. Training takes place in a practical working environment in our superb training/commercial salons. 

Level 2 will provide you with the skills to work with confidence in a beauty salon. You will learn about essential techniques such as facial skincare, manicure/pedicure and waxing.

Level 3 will advance your skills and knowledge and allow you to work at a higher level with increased opportunities for promotion. You will be able to work anywhere in the world such as on cruise ships, luxury spas and resorts.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You are excited by the booming beauty therapy industry
  • You love the idea of making people look great and feel their best
  • You follow fashion and the latest trends
  • You might be interested in moving on to a degree course – and specialising as a make-up artist or looking at salon/spa management

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


  • Ratio is very important mixing hair dye etc.
  • Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment and products and managing the stock
  • Percentages are key in working out customer discounts
  • Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of hair and beauty products and services
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions in hair/beauty products and treatments
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business

The Spa facilities

Our state-of-the-art salons feature the latest equipment and are open to the general public. All treatments are carried out by our students - providing you with the necessary skills in order to gain future employment.

Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed on practical work in a realistic environment via exams for both Level 2 and Level 3.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

Please note the entry requirements below reflect the new GCSE grading structure for 2017 entry.

Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or alternatively at least 2 years’ relevant work experience.

School applicants will need to have a good school report and references.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and/or maths, you will be required to take an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support.


Students are required to buy a uniform and a basic set of equipment. To help keep costs to a minimum, these items are available to buy through UCB. If you have any concerns about the cost of the uniform, please discuss this at your interview as we may be able to help.

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

You will learn different skills depending on the level you study, from facial skincare to electrotherapy treatments. Take a look at the level that suits you best.

Level 2

  • Facial Skincare 
  • Make-up
  • Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments
  • Manicure and Pedicure Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Health and Safety
  • Salon Reception Duties

Level 3  

  • Health and Safety
  • Planning and Implementing a Promotional Event
  • Body Electrical
  • Facial Electrical
  • Body Massage
  • Epilation
  • Stone Therapy

Your study programme

In addition to your full-time course every student has an individual study programme which ensures that you develop the right skills and experience to progress onto either higher education or gain employment. What’s included in your individual study programme will vary depending on what you have already achieved and your career aspirations.

For example; if you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level. Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted.

Work placement

Work placement will form an essential part of your individual study programme and all students will be expected to complete an appropriate work placement related to their full-time course.

To find out more about the work placement opportunities for this course, click on the ‘Work Placement’ tab above.

Work Placement (NV)

Work placement 

All of our Hair, Beauty and Make-up Student’s attend some form of work placement. The length of time and schedules vary between days and block weeks.  Students gain excellent experience and knowledge from this opportunity, and many gain employment as a result. UCB has excellent industry links throughout the West Midlands. Opportunities are available with hotels and spas, nail salons, hair and beauty salons and pamper events. 

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

At UCB we have a specialised team of Employability Tutors based in hired@UCB (located on the 7th floor at Summer Row) who will provide you with the necessary skills in order to source a work placement.

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital.

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.

Careers (NV)


The beauty therapy industry has a terrific range of career opportunities from high street salons to roles on cruise liners. Holiday resorts, luxury spas and fitness centres regularly recruit talented professionals. Or you could set yourself up as a freelance beauty therapist, working from home or travelling to see clients.

There is also the option of further study. Students who successfully complete Level 3 can progress on to a foundation degree or degree in Beauty Therapy Management, Specialist Hair and Media Make-up or Spa Management, which are all available at UCB.


The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills.

Based in new facilities on the 7th floor of our Summer Row campus, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Freya Rothwell

Freya Rothwell

Beauty Therapy

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Saima Taj

Saima Taj

Beauty Therapy

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Elouise Smallwood

Elouise Smallwood

Beauty Therapy

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