Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship

Beauty Therapy apprenticeship is about improving people’s wellbeing by making them look and feel better. Beauty Therapy covers a range of treatments, from simple facials and make-up jobs to waxing.

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  • Entry Requirements

    • 16 years or over
    • GCSE English & maths or equivalent
    • Basic skills assessment in literacy & numeracy.


  • Qualifications

    • National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
    • Functional Skills (Level 1 or 2 English, maths & ICT)
    • Employment Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Typical Job Titles

    Level 2: Junior beauty therapist/ Junior make-up artist / Beauty consultant.
    Level 3: Beauty therapist/ Make-up artist / Beauty massage therapist.

  • Duration

    Typically 18 months

  • Level


  • Delivery

    A minimum of 30 hours of on the job training at work place per week including a day/ block release to study theory at our Uxbridge/Hayes/ Harrow campus.

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Course Content

Key Responsibilities

As a Beauty Therapy Apprentice, they will assist senior therapists and learn a range of skills and techniques, such as how to improve facial skin conditions, wax body hair, shape and colour brows, perform hand and foot treatments, and apply make-up.

On the Advanced Apprenticeship, you’ll work as a beauty therapist, learning techniques like spray tan, body massage as well as more complicated electronic treatments to remove unwanted hair or improve skin condition.


If you complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship, you may be able to progress onto Level 3. Apprentices that complete Level 3 may be able to go onto a Level 4 Higher Apprenticeship.

Course Outline

During the apprenticeship programme, an apprentice will require to spend minimum 30 hours of on-the-job training.

The core modules include:

Level 2 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ)
  • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety
  • Promote additional products or services to clients
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Provide facial skincare treatment
  • Enhance the appearance of eyebrows and lashes
  • Carry out waxing services
  • Provide manicure services
  • Provide pedicure services
  • Provide make-up services
  • Fulfill salon reception duties.
  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities
  • Provide electrical epilation treatments
  • Provide body massage treatments
  • Provide body electrical treatments
  • Provide facial electrical treatments
  • Provide self-tanning treatments
  • Provide stone therapy treatments.
Common Modules for all Apprenticeships

Employment Rights and Responsibilities

  • Rights and responsibilities of workers (including equal opportunities legislation)
  • Organisation, disciplines and representative structures of the industries concerned
  • Impact on the sector of public law and policies.

Functional Skills

  • Application of Number – Level 1 or 2
  • Information Communication Technology – Level 1 or 2
  • Communication – Level 1 or 2
  • Working with others – Level 1 or 2
  • Improving own learning and performance – Level 1 or 2.