University College Birmingham Beauty Therapy

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University College Birmingham Beauty Therapy

Beauty Therapy Level 2 & 3 Diploma

Course length
1 year full-time per level


Our practical courses will equip you with the skills you need to thrive in the glamorous beauty therapy industry. Training takes place in a practical working environment in our superb training/commercial salons.

Level 2 will provide you with the skills to work with confidence in a beauty salon. You will learn about essential techniques such as facial skincare, manicure/pedicure and waxing.

Level 3 will advance your skills and knowledge and allow you to work at a higher level with increased opportunities for promotion. You will be able to work anywhere in the world such as on cruise ships, luxury spas and resorts.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You are excited by the booming beauty therapy industry
  • You love the idea of making people look great and feel their best
  • You follow fashion and the latest trends
  • You might be interested in moving on to a degree course – and specialising as a make-up artist or looking at salon/spa management

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and securing the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16 you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


  • Ratio is very important mixing hair dye etc.
  • Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment and products and managing the stock
  • Percentages are key in working out customer discounts
  • Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of hair and beauty products and services
  • Good quality Speaking and Listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions in hair/beauty products and treatments
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business

The Spa facilities

Our state-of-the-art salons feature the latest equipment and are open to the general public. All treatments are carried out by our students – providing you with the necessary skills in order to gain future employment.