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VTCT Levels 2 & 3 Qualifications


When considering a new start in beauty therapy, it is important that you select a course that will enable you to achieve your career goals whether that is to gain employment straight after qualifying or to build your own business working from home or mobile.

Qualifications are the best training option for students who wish to gain employment within a salon, spa, nail bar or cruise ship following qualification. They are often also needed by those who want to establish their own business premises such as a salon or permanent treatment room. The Qualification route is also ideal for those who are unsure of their plans after training or want to leave the future career options open to a wider range of opportunities.

Employers value qualifications as they demonstrate the therapist’s competence to achieve a recognised industry standard, that you have completed an accredited beauty training course and you are dedicated to high standards within the industry.

VTCT awards are known around the World for excellence with a long history of recognition amongst employers. VTCT qualifications are recognised in many countries but also one of the most favoured qualifications by UK based employers.

If wishing to work abroad, we do recommend students to check with the relevant authority in that country of the industry requirements. Qualifications are often required by local authorities to allow you to gain a licence to practice within a salon. Students are recommended to establish the local requirements prior to enrolling. Holding these prestigious awards shows an employer that you are committed to your career and have invested time and effort into gaining the relevant qualifications.

VTCT diplomas and certificates are held in high esteem as they have a proven and rigorous assessment process. A written assessment day and written coursework is an essential part of any VTCT qualification. A good command of the English language, both written and verbal is therefore required to complete this award.

To achieve a VTCT award*, you will:

1) Attend practical training days for which you achieve The Beauty Academy Diploma. This allows you to put beauty insurance in place to work from home or mobile, should you wish.

2) You will now need to purchase starter kits or begin to build up your range of products/tools at home to build a portfolio of case studies as part of your coursework.

3) The coursework is completed from home and involves written assignments which are completed on pc and submitted by email. Study materials are provided to assist your learning. You will also complete a range of treatments on friends and family and submit evidence of your practice as a portfolio. The coursework allows you to develop your knowledge of the theory at your own pace and also build confidence through practice of your treatments ready for assessment. Coursework is typically completed within 16-20 weeks of enrolling (and completing your training) however all students are given 2 years by the Awarding Body to complete in full (including assessments) from the date of enrolment so this allows you to plan your training and home study to fit with your other commitments.

4) Once coursework is submitted, feedback is given by a qualified Assessor. Once your coursework is marked as completed, you will arrange to attend your practical assessment days. You will complete a written assessment day. You will also need to attend practical assessment days. You will require a different female model for each day of practical assessment.

The VTCT course prices include training, coursework, assessment and registration fees (exclusive of VAT). Kits are required towards coursework and assessments; however these are not included in the course price.

*The course structure will vary for the 16 week programme and the Advanced Learner Loan courses. See the individual course pages for an outline of the course structure.


  • A big thank you to everyone at The Beauty Academy. I have enjoyed every moment studying with you. The staff have been fabulous with their support and helping me get through my qualification. I would highly recommend The Beauty Academy to anyone! Olivia
  • I have done several courses all were very informative and well taught. Excellent tutor knowledge and teaching methods! Would definitely recommend! Heather Fletcher
  • Loved the courses at The Beauty Academy. My tutor Sharon was so friendly and helpful she went extra mile with explaining things and helping us with lots of advice! I would recommend The Beauty Academy to anyone! Zita Farkas-André
  • Studied the Microdermabrasion course with one of The Beauty Academy's tutors Bev and it was fantastic! Jane
  • Thank you to my tutor Michaela! You have given me a good start to this industry. I had many questions and my tutor was very helpful answered all of them. I liked the tutor's good sense of humour too! Svetlana
  • Everything perfect, I really enjoyed the course. Our tutor was very good at explaining and easy to understand. The Beauty Academy and customer service is very impressive. Thank you! Rabia Ehsan
  • Learnt a lot, our tutor Louise was really helpful. All the facilities are great and can't wait to do more courses!Maryrose
  • Really enjoyed the courses, Louise our tutor was really great. I felt at ease and confident.Ellie Collins
  • I trained at a London Training Centre, easy to get to, the training was so well explained and I was made to feel welcome and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Eyebrows seems to be big business now, looking forward to becoming a stylist :) Julie Luxton
  • Just want to say a massive thank you to everyone at The Beauty Academy. I was really nervous about starting something new but I will never look back. I would recommend The Beauty Academy training courses to anyone of all ages! Thank you! Katie