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NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Study the NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy at the Dynamic Academy in Eastbourne.

This course is for those who would like to start their own business, become a mobile therapist or work in the beauty industry in a spa or salon. 

The course runs 1 day or two evenings per week for 32 weeks. The next course commences on the 19th April.

Finance is available. Use the contact box below to request more information.

Our Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is your first steps towards qualifying as a professional beauty therapist. It’s the ideal way to diversify your portfolio if you’re a hairdresser or dream of opening your own salon. You can progress your study further with a Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy or other compatible courses. Alternatively, you can get your start on the career ladder with a programme that showcases your professional skills as a junior beauty therapist.

Through this course, you’ll learn the theory and practical skills needed to carry out treatments like manicures, facials, and waxing. You’ll learn about health and safety practices for these treatments to prepare you for working in a commercial environment. Our course allows you to develop your customer service and teamwork skills by providing you with hands-on experience at our salon. During your training, you’ll visit a professional beauty exhibition in London and have opportunities to undertake independent study.

Who We Are

Dynamic Beauty Academy Eastbourne offers the programmes and training you need to unlock your potential and help you achieve your ambitions as a beauty therapist or technician. Our team includes industry professionals who are passionate about teaching the next generation at our Sussex based Academy. We’ll provide you with the tools and support you need to scale up your career and reach your goals.


Do you want to start your career in the beauty industry? Get in touch with us today.


How the Course Works


Our VTCT accredited Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy provides you with full qualifications and is taught by qualified college lecturers who are experts in the industry. Thousands of salons and institutions require the Level 2 Diploma. It showcases that you meet the standards required to practice as a professional therapist. The employment opportunities with this course are unlimited, whether you dream of working freelance, building a salon, or working abroad.

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy classes can be undertaken either once a week on a Monday or over two evenings a week, on a Tuesday and Wednesday, to fit your lifestyle.


We’ve streamlined our course to make it as effective as possible, working in small groups with live models to enable you to qualify in 32 weeks. Our VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is the ideal stepping stone for those wanting to enter the beauty industry and develop their knowledge in a professional environment to gain commercial experience.


During this course, you’ll have theory classes and demonstrations to attend, along with home study assignments to complete. Each module will contain an opportunity for practical study and for you to carry out the treatments on models.


You’ll be building a portfolio throughout your course, which will require you to collect evidence and reference your work. Throughout your study, our team of lecturers will be on hand to help you navigate your way through the course. You’ll enjoy in-depth live demonstrations and theory classes to help you understand the benefits of the treatments. Our lecturers will provide you with industry knowledge, including product recommendations and how to price your services.


Course Accreditation

Dynamic Beauty Training Academy is the first choice for those looking to gain their VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy in the Essex area. It’ll enable you to pursue a career in the beauty industry, either at a salon or as a freelancer. Our course is based on the requirements set out by the National Occupational Standards (NOS). It is recognised by the British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) and the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT), the UK’s leading professional bodies. This course is suitable for students embarking on a career as a beauty therapist.


The VTCT accredited Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is internationally recognised and the perfect basis for kick-starting your career in the beauty industry.


Throughout your course, you’ll learn in a commercial setting that gives you the ‘real’ salon experience so that you can hit the ground running. You’ll learn the skills to provide Level 2 beauty therapy treatments to the highest quality, enabling you to work within the industry at a salon, spa, or as a freelance beautician. At the end of your study, you’ll be ready to progress to the next course or enter the world of employment with the skill set and salon experience you need to be successful.


Who is the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy For?

We recommend this course for practicing beauty therapist looking to gain an accredited qualification to top-up their existing skills and scalp-up their career. It’s also the perfect first step into the beauty industry, providing you with a solid foundation to develop your career.

Venue Level Course Type Starts Ends Fee

32 Grove Road Eastbourne BN21 4TR

Level 2 16+ 19th April March

32 weeks




32 weeks . Monday once a week or Tuesday/Wednesday evening, Each unit requires home study and assignment work to complete your portfolio along with academy based practical and written assessments.

The minimum age of students is 16 years of age at the commencement of the course, with no upper age limit. You do not have to have previous industry experience. Students must have a good level of English, including well-rounded communication skills and the ability to read and write in English.

As part of your course, you’ll be required to purchase your uniform and any necessary kits to complete practical work. As a student, you’ll be committing to 2 to 3 hours of private study per week, alongside your in-person classes.

The Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy course last for 32-weeks and can be completed as a one-day class or two evenings of class per week. Each module will require you to carry out assignments and home study to develop your portfolio, alongside the practical and written assessments that you will complete during your classes.

What Will I Study?

Your Level 2 Diploma will provide you with the skills, knowledge, and practical experience to pursue a career as a beauty therapist. In our ever-expanding industry, there’s more competition than ever, with students gaining professional qualifications to stand out from the crowd. With this Diploma, you’ll be ready to build your career by working as a junior beauty therapist at a spa, salon, or within the television and theatre industry.


Your study will focus on developing your technical and interpersonal skills to deliver the highest level of client treatments and services. At Dynamic Beauty Academy Eastbourne, our work focuses on providing you with the skills you need to become an exceptional beauty therapist and grow your career. Our course is structured with flexibility in mind to meet the needs of our students.


This course focuses on the following treatments:

  • Eyebrow and eyelash treatments.
  • Makeup application.
  • Manicures and pedicures.
  • Skincare treatments, focusing on facials.
  • Waxing services.


You’ll also gain the practical skills in:

  • Anatomy and physiology.
  • Customer service.
  • Health and safety.
  • Working in a salon reception.
  • Product promotion.

During the course, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a professional beauty exhibition in London and demonstrate your skills through our annual Hair and Beauty Showcase.


How Is the Course Assessed?

You’ll complete a portfolio throughout your course of study as your primary means of assessment. Your portfolio will require you to undertake independent study and compile your work together. The practical skills taught in the course will be assessed during each module by your course lecturers and through written assessments. Due to the nature of your assessments, you’ll need to be able to dedicate time for independent study to produce a high-quality portfolio to receive your accreditation.


What Can I Do After?

Upon completion of your Level 2 Diploma, you can decide to pursue further study and build your skills with a Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy. You could also diversify your portfolio by undertaking a hairdressing course. Alternatively, you can enter the industry as a junior beauty therapist.


Benefits of a VTCT Qualification 

A Level 2 Diploma is one of the most sought-after professional qualifications. It is often a requirement to work in salons and spas. Your VTCT Qualification will showcase your knowledge and skills to potential employers with an internationally recognised accreditation. With this diploma, you’ll have the flexibility to work outside the UK and within the international hospitality industry. Our East Sussex Academy offers courses that offer Level 2 and 3 VTCT qualifications.


Course Modules:

During your study, you’ll become familiar with several professional treatments. For each treatment, you’ll gain the practical skills required to deliver high-quality service and learn the necessary theory to carry out your treatment to the highest level.


Eyebrow and Eyelash Treatments:

You’ll learn about eyebrow and eyelash treatments, including the health and safety measures for in-salon services. This training includes how to sterilise and sanitise tools and equipment and how to identify skin disorders. Practical skills include treatment preparation and how to prepare your kit before the appointment. You’ll develop the skills needed to carry out client consultations to enable you to advise clients on the most suitable treatment.


Your lecturers will carry out full demonstrations on:

  • Eyebrow and eyelash tinting.
  • Eyebrow shaping.
  • Eyelash extensions.
  • Strip lashes.
  • Individual lash extensions.


You’ll have an opportunity to trial these treatments through practical classes and learn about aftercare advice to provide the clients. Your classes will also cover pricing recommendations for these services.



During your manicure module, you’ll become familiar with the health and safety practices, including sterilising and sanitising tools. Theory work revolves around the function and structure of the skin and nails, including the anatomy and physiology of the foot and leg. Practical skills will focus on treatment preparation, with your course lecturers conducting full demonstrations on the techniques of both a basic and luxury pedicure. Your work will cover all the relevant equipment and products you need, including how to carry out a client consultation.


Your module focuses on the following treatments:

  • Basic and luxury pedicures.
  • Exfoliating treatments.
  • Massage techniques for feet and lower legs.
  • Masks and paraffin wax.
  • Product knowledge and recommendations.


During your practice session, you will carry out basic and luxury pedicure and become familiar with aftercare advice. Your classes will also cover pricing recommendations for these services.



This module will include how to identify skin diseases and disorders, along with standard health and safety practices. You’ll gain the knowledge to carry out client consultations by studying hair structure and cycle to recommend appropriate treatments.


Wax treatments and techniques include:

  • Abdomen (full and half)
  • Back (full and half)
  • Bikini (full and half)
  • Chest (full and half)
  • Chin (hot and cool)
  • Eyebrow (hot and cool)
  • Forearm (hot and cool)
  • Top lip (hot and cool)
  • Underarm (hot and cool)


You’ll have an opportunity to practice each of these treatments following full demonstrations by your course instructors. Your classes will also cover aftercare advice and pricing recommendations for these services.


Makeup Course

During this module, you’ll learn the foundation skills you need for any professional makeup application. It’ll cover healthy and safety practices, including sanitising makeup brushes and equipment. You’ll learn the knowledge and skills required to carry out client consultations and to give you experience in a variety of makeup types, including bridal.


This module covers:

  • Corrective makeup
  • Facial, eyes, and lip shapes.
  • Skin prep.
  • Matching skin tones and colours.
  • Highlight and contouring techniques.


Your practice session will give you the chance to carry out makeup application in a commercial setting, including bridal, day, and evening makeup looks. Your classes will also cover pricing recommendations for these services.


Full Facial Treatments

Your facial module will cover health and safety practices and focus on the structure and function of the skin, to give you a solid foundation for any beauty treatment. You’ll learn about the anatomy and physiology of relevant bones, along with the muscles and lymphatic systems. Your work will focus on understanding how to carry out skin analysis and treat specific skin diseases and disorders. As part of your lessons, you’ll learn the characteristics of black and Asian skin types and how to prepare for your treatments.


Your facial treatment training includes:

  • Applying face masks.
  • Exfoliating and extraction.
  • Facial massage techniques.
  • How to use skincare products.
  • Product knowledge and recommendation.
  • Skin type knowledge.
  • Steaming the skin.
  • Using aromatherapy and facial oils.


The course instructors will carry out full demonstrations on massage techniques and routines, including aftercare advice. You’ll have an opportunity to take part in a practical session to perform a full facial. Your classes will also cover pricing recommendations for these services.


Commercial Salon

One week of the course will turn the tables and work on the aspects of the programme that you feel like you need help with. It’s an opportunity for practical work to give you the confidence you need to carry out specific treatments.

Are There Extra Costs?

Along with the cost of your programme, there are additional costs you should budget for. You’ll be required to purchase your kit and uniform before you start your course.


  • The beauty kit is itemised and includes all the products and tools you’ll need for practical classes. You’ll also need this kit for your independent study.
  • Your uniform is part of your professional image and reflects what you would wear in a commercial session. You will be required to wear your uniform to all classes.


Your kit and uniform are compulsory for the course, and further details will be provided to you during the interview process.


As part of your uniform, you’ll wear a tunic topic with black trousers and black closed-toed flat shoes. Jewellery and piercings are not allowed to be worn during class time. Your hair should be neatly tied back, with your fringe secured. We request that you avoid nail enhancements and keep your nails clean, short, and natural. You should only wear light daytime makeup to class.


What Qualification Will I Receive?

You’ll gain an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, awarded by VTCT, upon the successful completion of your course of study.


What Are the Next Steps?

We recommend continuing your course of study and undertaking a Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy, Level 3 Diploma in Complementary Therapy or Level 3 Diploma in Makeup Artistry. Developing your professional qualifications further will improve your employment prospects and provide you with the skills and knowledge to work freelance.


Employment opportunities with your Level 2 Diploma include working in a salon or spa. You could work as a retail beauty therapist or choose to become self-employed and offer freelance services. You could seek work on a cruise ship or abroad with your internationally recognised qualification.


Your NVQ Level 2 Diploma showcases that you have met the standards required to practice as a professional beauty therapist. At Dynamic Beauty Academy, we have connections to salons throughout the Sussex area and beyond, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of trends and industry development.

Flexible payment options including low interest finance are available. Our friendly team are are available to advise and assist you in booking your place over the telephone, or online. We have partnered with Pay L8R to provide finance solutions for courses we offer, providing a wide choice of payment options.

For more information on our NVQ courses or to book call us on 01232 410700.

More information and booking

At Dynamic Beauty Academy, we believe that education should be accessible. There are flexible payment options available to help you split the cost of your course. Through our partner Payl8r, we can offer flexible payment with low-interest financing options.


Our friendly customer service team can talk you through the financing options available to help you find the best one. You can try our payment calculator below to get an estimate of the cost of different financing options.