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VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma Beauty - Makeup Route

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The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make-up (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed beauty therapist specialising in make-up. This qualification is based on the beauty therapy National Occupational Standards (NOS) for make-up and is recognised by the UK’s leading professional bodies, The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up.
Why is this qualification most suitable?

This is one of two VTCT qualifications covering beauty therapy make-up at Level 2. Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become beauty specialists and gain employment at a junior level, this qualification requires learners to work in a commercial beauty salon, whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times. In contrast, the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Make-up (QCF) also contains some hairdressing units and can be achieved through gathering evidence in a college’s realistic working environment without the necessity for real paying clients.

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF) is for learners seeking to gain beauty and make-up skills (not hairdressing) and for those who wish to work in and develop their skills in a commercial setting. This qualification can only be delivered by colleges that have or have access to a ‘real’ salon and not a realistic working environment.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age groups, and will develop the knowledge skills to prepare learners for employment as a beauty therapist specialising in make-up. Learners will have their beauty therapy make-up skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior beauty therapist specialising in make-up including: facial skincare, enhancement of eyebrows and eyelashes, make-up services, instructing on skincare and make-up application, effectiveness at work, health and safety and promoting additional products and services to clients.

Learners will further develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: ear piercing, spa operations, threading, skin camouflage, salon reception duties – the full list of optional units is presented in the learners Record of Assessment book (ROA) (specification). This structure of this qualification provides learners with the flexibility to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a junior beauty therapist specialising in make-up.

What could this qualification lead to?

Career opportunities as a junior beauty therapist, specialising in make-up ,exist in a variety of contexts, including:

– Commercial beauty salons
– Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
– Beauty retail concessions

Whilst this qualification’s primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior beauty therapist specialising in make-up, learners may choose to develop their skills further by undertaking Technical Level qualifications in beauty therapy at Level 3, including:

– VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy General (QCF)
– VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Studies (QCF)
– VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy Make

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