Practical Assessment Day(s) can only be booked once our team have confirmed your written exams have been passed successfully. They will invite you by email, to book your practical assessments including a ‘rescheduling code’. They will also advise how many days you need to book (usually 1 or 2) for your award. You will need this code to override the stated course fee & book your assessment day(s) through our website free of charge. Enter this code in the ‘rescheduling code’ box at checkout.
Practical assessments are only available at our London Kings Cross, Cambridge, Birmingham & Manchester centres. Dates run once every 2-3 months, subject to demand.
Students will be provided with a schedule for each day of practical assessments which lists all treatments you will be observed by the Assessor, carrying out on each day of your practical assessment. You will need to bring along your own female model(s) as indicated on each schedule, to each day of practical assessment. You will also need to bring along all products/tools on the list provided to you, plus ample clean towels for your treatments. Please refer to your email inviting to book your practical assessments, as this includes all information you need to prepare for your assessments.
Key Information for VTCT Practical Assessments
You will need to attend for practical assessment at either our London Kings Cross, Cambridge, Birmingham or Manchester centre.
1] You will need to bring along your own female model(s) for each day of practical assessment, following the guidance given on your schedule for each day as to the treatments to be carried out and model specification (age range, skin type / condition etc.). Models must be free of any contra-indications to the required treatments and have been patch tested prior to attendance of the assessment. Models must be aged 16 years or over, we cannot accept any under 16s within our centres for insurance and safety purposes.
Due to Covid-secure measures and the logistics of how the assessment days run, only Assessors, students there for assessment and their models will be at the centre. Given this, there will be no surplus persons in attendance of the centre to act as your model(s). Due to GDPR, we are unable to operate any kind of list to share potential model contact details. You must ensure you organise these for yourself and bring along with you on the assessment day. This allows you to work with those you already familiar with on your assessments, which most students finds puts them at greater ease.
2] You will need to bring along your own products / tools as per the list provided to you. You will also need to bring ample clean towels for your treatments. The Beauty Academy will provide larger equipment required e.g. treatment couch, wax heater, foot spa, hot stone heater etc., for reasons of practicality and safety.
3] All students must wear professional beauty uniform to all assessment days (beauty tunic, black trousers and closed toe / closed heel shoes with sensible flat soles. Hair should be tied back and jewellery in excess of one wedding band and one pair of stud earrings should be removed). Nail extensions / gel polish should not be worn, with the exception only of those being assessed for Level 2 or Level 3 Nail Technology courses. This is the meet the requirements of student presentation set by the awarding body.
Failure to bring along correct models, products/tools or where correct uniform will result in your being turned away from the assessment and needing to reschedule at a cost of £120 per assessment day.
4] You must ensure you arrive for your assessment at 9.30am to allow time for registration and setting up your treatment area, ready for a 10am prompt start to the assessments. If you arrive late you will be refused entry, for which a rescheduling fee of £120 per day applies.
5] You will need to remain at the centre until all treatments have been completed, workspace is cleaned and your assessment paperwork has been signed off. We expect the assessment day to last the full day, your Assessor will advise on the day when you are ready to leave. A short break will be given mid-way through the day for lunch. Bring along cold food and refreshments for your lunch and suggest the same for your models.
6] If travelling by public transport (recommended for most centres, due to their central locations), you may wish to use a small suitcase / hold-all type bag on wheels to transport your products / tools safely. Ensure all products are correctly stored and sealed, with labels attached stating contents. Ideally products to be within original packaging for safety. Products / tools left at the training centre overnight are left at the students own risk, we recommend taking all possessions with you when leaving the centre. Please do not bring any unnecessary valuables into the centre e.g. high values of cash, tech devices etc.
7] In preparation for your practical assessments, we recommend you continue practising to keep your knowledge and skills up to date and ‘assessment ready’. You will be observed against the VTCT standards of professional practice including ensuring you are working safely and hygienically, to the commercially accepted treatment timings (see VTCT record of achievement for specifics for each treatment) and to a professional standard of treatment result. Step by step videos are available on the online student portal, along with course manuals to refresh your knowledge as needed in preparation for assessments.
8] You will be given feedback on the day by the Assessor on an individual basis and will know throughout the day how you are performing. The Assessor will only step in to stop you working or fail you on part of your assessment if you are found to be working in a way that is unhygienic, unsafe, against best practice or outside of the required range / criteria e.g. treatment timing. If further assessment is required, this will be chargeable at £120 per assessment day required.
Practical Assessment Day(s) can only be booked once our team have confirmed your written exams have been passed successfully.
They will invite you by email, to book your practical assessments including a ‘rescheduling code’. They will also advise how many days you need to book (usually 1 or 2) for your award.
You will need this code to override the stated course fee & book your assessment day(s) through our website free of charge. Enter this code in the ‘rescheduling code’ box at checkout.
Simply select your chosen exam session from the date given in the dropdown. Enter your details and the ‘rescheduling code’ at checkout to book your practical assessment day(s) free of charge. Our team will confirm your booking by email within 24 working hours.
Please note spaces fill on a first come, first served basis and are subject to change until a place has been confirmed to you by email.