Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT) is a specialist awarding and assessment organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors. With more than 2,000 approved centres worldwide, VTCT has an ever-expanding list of centres throughout the UK and Ireland, with a growing international presence.

VTCT qualifications offer prestigious certification demonstrating high standards of training and assessed competence to verify your skill level to any industry professional, insurer, employer or advanced training provider throughout your career. They are also essential if considering moving into teaching within the beauty industry in future (see our VTCT Level 3 in Education & Training).

“Changing lives through vocational qualifications that develop and recognise world-class skills”

If you are already trained within aspects of beauty and wishing to just add on additional qualifications to expand your skills; or are wanting to focus on qualifying within only specific treatments (rather than a full award), you may be better suited to the single unit VTCT certificate and award course routes which are;

VTCT Level 2 in Facials, VTCT Level 3 in Electrical Facials, VTCT Level 2 in Nail Treatments (Manicure & Pedicure), VTCT Level 2 in Nail Technology (Nail Extensions), VTCT Level 2 in Eyelash & Eyebrow Treatments, VTCT Level 2 in Waxing & VTCT Level 3 in Eyelash Extensions.

If you are new to the industry and looking to gain employment within the industry you may like to look at the following VTCT course options for the following careers as these encompass a wide range of treatment skills ready to give the best possible career prospects;

Beauty Therapist – VTCT Level 1 in Beauty Therapy, VTCT Level 2 in Beauty Therapy or VTCT Level 2 & 3 in Beauty Therapy

Spa / Holistic / Massage Therapist – VTCT Level 3 in Massage Therapy

Nail Technician – VTCT Level 2 in Nail Technology

Make Up Artist – VTCT Level 2 in Cosmetic Make Up

Skincare / Aesthetics Specialist* – VTCT Level 2 & 3 FacialsVTCT Level 3 in Beauty Therapy or VTCT Level 3 in Beauty Treatments

“VTCT awards are highly-valued both in the UK and internationally for excellence. With a longevity of recognition within the beauty sector amongst employers, held in the industry as the gold seal in competence for therapists achieving a VTCT qualification.”

*If you wish to progress to Level 4 Aesthetics, it is the responsibility of the learner to check with both their chosen training provider and insurance company that this qualification meets their requirements.  We offer full awards in both Level 2 & 3 qualifications.

The VTCT course prices include training, coursework, standard assessment and registration fees. Kits are required towards coursework and assessments; these are not included in the course price.

Prices shown include all exam fees and includes VAT

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Work as Employed

A VTCT course is the right courses for you! If you want to work for someone else or just to start to gain your qualifications then our Level 2 &/or Level 3 courses would be an excellent choice.

If you wish to open your own salon premises or have a permanent treatment room from home, you will also usually require a VTCT Qualification to comply with local authority licensing.

If you are new to beauty & want to gain employment in a salon, spa, nail bar or on a cruise liner; we would highly recommend the VTCT Level 2 &/or 3 Diploma Course Options as these encompass a full range of treatments to be able to offer.

For those already qualified & wanting to add on further skills or those who want to specialise in specific treatments, our Level 2 &/or Level 3 Award & Certificate options may be more suitable for your needs.

Click to learn more about the VTCT Qualification Courses.


Work as Self Employed

If looking to work solely self-employed (from home or mobile) VTCT courses are not necessarily the best place to start. Quick Start Packages & The Beauty Academy Diploma courses are usually more suited to this training route. 

The diploma courses are all ABT accredited for insurance purposes to allow you to begin earning £££s from home or mobile quickly. Courses cover the most popular & most requested treatments in order to give you a comprehensive treatment range with which to start your own business, which ensures that your clients will book with you time and time again.

We also offer Online Training Course options for those wanting to work from home / mobile for whom attendance of one of our 10 training centres is not convenient or is difficult to fit around their commitments. Online Courses are recognised for insurance & give a convenient option for study that can be completed anywhere, anytime online at your own pace.

Click to find out more about our Quick Start & Diploma Courses and our Online Training Courses.

Payment options suitable for everyone

Our friendly advisors are on hand on Freephone 0800 9992277 to assist you in booking your place over the telephone, or online. Depending on your choice of course we can offer a choice of payment options. See below for further information.

By making payment in full, you can secure your course place and enjoy the greatest flexibility to book all of your training days at your preferred training centre, in the best way to suit you – whether that’s as a consecutive block (subject to availability) or taken at your own pace. Book securely online 24/7, or call our friendly Advisors by book by phone.


Our Deko Finance option is available on all courses, diploma course packages and VTCT qualifications over £299. You have three options – to make repayments either over 12, 24, or 36 months at only 19.9%, all with just a 20% deposit.

A very important point regarding finance options: Many of our students are fairly young and may not have taken out finance before; perhaps they are living with mum/dad or boyfriend/partner and have not had their own name on an electoral roll for at least 3 years. Now, although it may seem a bit harsh it is very true that all finance companies will view your application very critically if any of the above is true. A way around this is to increase your deposit to say 40% but this needs to be done at the outset and not after you have been rejected.

If you feel that any of the above does apply to you then please just have a word with one of our Course Advisors before making an application.

The Deko finance option allows you book and attend your chosen courses with us while making affordable, monthly repayments to spread the cost. You don’t need to wait to book training sessions, you can complete all training as you wish, selecting from our available scheduled dates without delay. This is a great payment choice for those who desire the flexibility to manage studying around work commitments / childcare or even wish to complete their award as soon as possible; but who need the option to spread the cost into more affordable payments, over a longer term.

You can increase your deposit to reduce your payments and you can pay off early if you wish. No hidden fees or charges. The scheme is subject to the usual credit checks etc.

This is the perfect solution for financing our courses over £1000 or to borrow more than just the course fee to cover starter kits, insurance and other setting up expenses for your new career/business.

Here are 4 good reasons for you to consider using this financing package:
1. Simple Application Process – You can either:
Apply on line https://ideal4finance.com/the-beauty-academy?utm_source=3rd&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=Banners
Better still, please ring their helpful advisors direct on 0203 617 4647
2. Rapid Response Time
No waiting around – You will have a decision within 24 hours
3. Competitive Rates
Our reputable lenders offer competitive rates and high acceptance rates
4. Flexible Terms
Borrow from £1000 up to how ever much you want to help you get started

‘The Beauty Academy Ltd’ is an introducer appointed representative of Ideal Sales Solutions Ltd T/A Ideal4Finance.
Ideal Sales Solutions is a credit broker and not a lender FRN 70340.

Finance available subject to status.  Loans of £25,000 and above available on a secured basis.
Think carefully before securing other debts against your home.  Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on a mortgage or any other debt secured on it.
  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I’m currently doing my VCTC Level 2 & 3 with The Beauty Academy in Birmingham and I am loving all of my courses. I’ve had the pleasure of having both Yvonne and Katy for courses  and they’re both attentive to myself and the other students, I feel very supported… You simply cannot fault the phenomenal tutors. The support team for the coursework is great and they’re always there to help! Chloe and Vicky at head office have both been extremely helpful in my journey so far. Thank you to everyone at The Beauty Academy.

    Isabella Z.

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    Excellent trainers who have loads of knowledge that only comes with experience. Enjoyed both courses I’ve done at The Beauty Academy and they’ve left me feeling very confident in my treatments.

    Jade C.

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  • Established 1990: the Original Private Beauty Training School

    I attended the Spa body massage course which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our tutor Lisa was lovely and made the course very enjoyable and learnt a lot from this 2 day course. I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanted a career in massage therapy. I will be booking more courses in the future with The Beauty Academy. Thank you!

    Sarah G.

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Our expert team of tutors based across our 10 Training Schools are all qualified to the highest levels, with years of industry experience and all friendly and excited to welcome all our fantastic students