Frequently Asked Questions

Course FAQ

How long are the courses?

Classroom based

Level 2 Cosmetic Make Up will run for the duration of 8 weeks, 1 day a week.

Level 2 Nail Technology will run for the duration of 8 weeks, 1 day a week.

Level 2 Beauty Services will run for the duration of 12 weeks, 1 day a week.

Blended Learning

Our blended courses last approximately the same length as our Classroom based sessions and are taught using our bespoke eLearning platform, weekly Zoom calls from your tutor plus support group with your fellow students and YouTube demonstrations by our qualified team, all accompanied with a free kit to get you started!
Once you have conducted all your theory elements and practiced the treatments you have been shown, you’ll attend your closest academy to complete your exams and assessments.


What are the times of the course?

All Level 2 courses run from 10am – 3pm and normally 1 day a week.


How much do the courses cost, or is this a funded course?

The courses are free for customers employed or self-employed and earning less than £16,009.50 annual gross (before tax) salary, or earn less than £18,135.00 annual gross(before tax) salary. Or on benefits for the Salford and Wigan Course.
Crewe and Blackpool course low wage of £17,004.00.


What does the Nail course cover?

The Level 2 Nail Technology course covers Gel nails, Gel extensions with nail art, manicure, Health and Safety and client care to prepare you for the future to progress in the future into a salon or self-employed.


What does the Cosmetic Make Up cover?

The Level 2 Cosmetic Make Up course covers how to apply and instruct a day look, evening look, and special occasions look. Waxing and tinting of the eyebrows and tinting of the eye lashes.


What does the Beauty Services Cover?

The Level 2 Beauty Services course covers Provide facial skin care, apply make-up day look, evening look, special occasions look. You will learn how to complete a manicure, pedicure treatments, then nail polish with nail art, health and safety and client care.


What is the Infection Control qualification?

These regulated qualifications, developed with public health experts, build upon the UK Government’s generic public health guidelines, offering bespoke content specific to treatments within each relevant sector.  Each qualification ensures learners are equipped with the most current and essential knowledge required to perform treatments and services safely and effectively on clients within their industry.
All students who undertake any qualifications within the Beauty Sector are required to complete the Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention.


Will I receive a kit for the course?

A kit will be provided for online learning only, for nails you will need to invest in a UV lamp.


Do we need to buy anything for the course?

All products are supplied in class for your learning, if you would like to practice at home, speak to the tutor on the first day of learning and they will direct you to the best products to buy.


Where are the training centres?

Salford – 36 Kansas Avenue, Media City, Salford M50 2GL

Blackpool – 162 Church Street, Blackpool, FY1 3PS

Crewe – Magnolia Hair and Beauty, Crewe, CW1 2EL

Wigan – Cutting Edge Salon, Poolstock Road, WN5 3DU


Do you do any other courses?

We have a dedicated team that delivers Care related qualifications such as Autism, Children’s Mental Health, End of Life Car, Counselling and much more. We deliver both classroom based and online with routes onto Apprenticeships and Level 3.

Funding FAQ

I want to learn but can’t afford childcare-Can you help?

VITA can assist you with applying for a bursary (you won’t repay this if you qualify). This is assessed on an individual basis, speak to your Enrolment Officer for more information.


When will I have to start making payments on my loan?

Repayments start the April after you complete or withdraw from your course.

You pay back your loan (plus interest) when you finish your course and earn more than £25,725 a year. Your repayments will stop if your income drops below £25,725 a year.

Your annual repayment amount will be 9% of any income you earn over £25,725.


Will I have to go through credit checks for my loan?

As these are Government funded learning loans, no credit checks are made. Credit history, employment or household income are not factors and do not impact your application in anyway. Benefits are also not affected as you do less than 16 hours a week.


If I do not have either a passport or a birth certificate, will a driving licence be accepted as proof of identity?

Unfortunately, a valid passport or a certified birth certificate are the only forms of identification that Student Finance England will accept. If you do not have either, you will need to apply for a certified copy of your birth certificate from the registrar of where you were born.


Where do I send my signed Loan Declaration form when completed?

Student Finance England

PO Box 210

Darlington DL1 9HJ


Is there a number I can contact Student Finance England on to track the progress of my loan application?

Telephone: 0300 100 0607 OR 0300 100 0619

Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 4pm


Student Finance England have asked me to confirm my National Insurance number, how do I do this?

Either photocopy your National Insurance card or state your National Insurance number to SFE in a letter. Make sure you include your Customer Reference number, and sign to confirm your National Insurance number. Send to Student Finance England, PO Box 210, Darlington, DL1 9HJ