VRQ Level 2 Diploma in
Beauty Therapy Equivalent to SCQF Level 5

This course will build on your current abilities and strengths, and encourage you to work more independently as a beauty therapist.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who have been successful in the VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (Beauty Route), or those who are already working in the industry but want to accredit their skills and knowledge.

The course will strengthen existing skills and provide progression opportunities for those who want to move on to the Level 3 Diploma or pursue employment in a supervisory or technical role.

What you will experience

You will learn about client care and communication, promoting products and reception duties. Practical skills in a range of areas will ensure you can effectively provide facial skin care, manicure and pedicure, nail enhancements, make-up, eyelash and brow, and skin tanning treatments.

You will also develop an understanding of dermatitis prevention and learn what it’s like to work in the industry, whilst completing Core Skills in Working with Others (INT 1) and Communication (INT 1/2).

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Key facts

Mode of study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

Applicants should have successfully completed the VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (Beauty Route) or an equivalent course and have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience.

Good communication skills, a willingness to learn new practical skills and working with the general public are essential qualities for this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook(s) and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course at North East Scotland College: 


On successful completion of this course, you could consider roles such as:

  • Beauty Consultant
  • Beauty Therapist
  • Salon Receptionist
  • Small Business Owner
  • Trainee Beauty Therapist

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330
Email: enquiry@nescol.ac.uk

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.