Beauty Therapy

VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

Course Outline

The VTCT Level 1 Diploma in Beauty Therapy is a qualification that has been specifically designed to introduce you to practical beauty therapy skills. This qualification has been designed to develop the knowledge skills to prepare you for further study. You will have your beauty therapy skills assessed in a realistic working environment.


The purpose of this qualification is develop your skills in beauty therapy and will provide you with the foundation for further learning. It will also enable you to perform your own basic services and to assist others in the salon.

This qualification will prepare you to gather evidence in a realistic working environment without the need for fee paying clients. This qualification offers a wide range of mandatory and optional units designed to introduce learners to beauty therapy treatments in preparation for further study at level 2.

This qualification will enable you to improving the appearance of the hands and feet with basic manicure and pedicure techniques, you will also learn how to provide relaxing massage treatments, cleansing, toning and moisturising treatments, and you will learn how to give advice on skin care, and basic day make-up application.

To further enhance your skills you will also cover artistic and creative elements on your course such as nail art, themed face painting and photographic make-up.

To underpin this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety and you will also develop an underpinning knowledge and understanding of the skills required to support you in the beauty therapy industry such as salon reception duties, retail displays and working with others.

Be prepared for your Beautician or Beauty Specialist career

Career Opportunities

The qualification could be pursued in a variety of contexts as a junior beautician/beauty specialist, including:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Presenting a professional image in a salon
  • The art of photographic make-up

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Course Modules

Mandatory – From this group you’ll need to cover a minimum of 13 components and earn a minimum of 40 credits.

Unit Title
Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
Presenting a professional image in a salon
The art of photographic make-up
Providing basic manicure treatment
Providing basic pedicure treatment
Follow health and safety in the salon
Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
Create a hair and beauty image
Salon reception duties
Nail art application
Skin care
Basic make-up application
Themed face painting