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CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

CIBTAC The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) was established in 1977 as the education arm of The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC). We are a not-for-profit organisation, continually reinvesting our income for the benefit of our accredited Centres and their Learners.



The CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services provides knowledge and practical competence in beauty services, The CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services has been accredited by OFQUAL

  • manual facial

  • waxing

  • manicure

  • pedicure

  • make-up services

  • plus other optional skills to be selected.

Entry requirements

Learners should either be working in or aspiring to join the Beauty Industry if possible. They should ideally have, a good general education, including GCSE Mathematics and English, A* - C. This may also include achievement of Functional Skills or Essential Skills in Mathematics and English


Initial assessment and induction

Approved Centres will need to undertake an initial assessment of each Learner prior to the start of their programme to make sure that the Level and type of qualification is appropriate. This identifies any specific needs that the Learner may have and the support and guidance they will require when working towards the achievement of their qualification.

CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in beauty Therapy Syllabus

There are 7 key areas within the programme of learning within which the syllabus is contextualised specifically for the beauty industry, which are

 1. health and safety

2. client care and communication

3. salon reception duties

4. provide facial skincare

 5. provide waxing

6. provide manicure and pedicure

7. apply make-up


Practical Elements

  • follow health, safety and security practices within the salon/working environment

  • follow emergency procedures

  • communicate effectively with Clients

  • provide client care

  • carry out salon reception duties

  • prepare and provide facial skincare treatments

  • prepare and provide waxing treatments

  • prepare and provide manicure treatments

  • prepare and provide pedicure treatments

  • prepare and provide make-up

  • prepare and provide at least one of the following treatments from the optional units section: thermal auricular therapy treatments, gel polish or eyelash and eyebrow treatments.








Knowledge Elements

  • understand the requirements for monitoring health and safety within the salon

  • understand the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary system, skeletal system, muscular system, cardiovascular system and lymphatic system

  • understand the requirements for providing facial skincare, waxing treatments, manicure treatments, pedicure treatments, make-up and additional knowledge requirements for the selected optional units: understand the requirements for providing thermal auricular therapy, providing eyelash and eyebrow treatments or gel polish services



  • spas and salons within the industry

  • progression to the Level 3 Diploma in Beauty Therapy

  • Level 3 Award in Massage

  • Level 3 Certificate in Body Therapy

  • Level 3 Certificate in Facial Electrical Treatments 

  • complementary therapy practices at Level 3 offered by CIBTAC and other awarding organisations regulated by Ofqual


Structure of CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy service

The CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services is made up from 7 mandatory units and at least one optional unit.

The Core (mandatory) units are as follows


The optional units are as follows


  • The strategy for delivery of the units that make up the CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services based upon a combination of theory and practical sessions

  • The delivery of the programme may vary according to the Centre and may be delivered in any format that supports the Total Qualification Time (TQT) of 370 - 400 hours dependent on the choice of optional unit. This may include training workshops or seminars, e-learning, distance learning or self-study. The CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services has a total minimum number of 310 guided learning hours (GLH). These hours must take place during simultaneous contact between Tutor and Learner.

  • To develop commercial competence you must carry out treatments in Realistic Working Environments (RWE) involving paying Client

Assessment Strategy

CIBTAC qualifications are assessed externally by practical examinations and Multiple Choice Theory papers. The assessment methodology consists of 2 parts

  • Part 1 will consist of a Multiple Choice Theory examination paper. The features of the MCQ test are, the formats of MCQs will be determined by the domain of learning (Knowledge, Understanding, and Application) on which the Learner is to be assessed

  • the MCQ paper will consist of 75 questions covering the mandatory and chosen optional units

  • Learners will be required to gain a minimum of 60% in each unit to pass}

Part 2, the practical is a synoptic assessment carried out by a CIBTAC Examiner. The features of the practical examination are

  • the mandatory units of this qualification have a practical exam time of 2 hours 45 minutes

  • if choosing the optional unit of thermal auricular, the exam duration will be a running total time 3 hours 20 minutes

  •  if choosing the optional unit of eyelash and eyebrow treatments, the exam duration will be a running total time 3 hours 10 minutes

  • if choosing the optional unit of gel polish, the exam duration will be a running total time 3 hours and 15 minutes

  • within the practical observation the Examiner will observe the consultation, Client care, health and safety and appearance and marks will be awarded for all these areas

{ the pass mark for the practical is 60% for each unit}


Grading Scheme

Externally assessed units will be graded, the grades given will encompass both written and practical examinations and will be awarded as shown below. The overall grade for the qualification will be determined by the grades achieved for all units carrying an external assessment

Grade thresholds may be subject to change



Qualification time constraints

CIBTAC offers a lifetime registration fee. Learners are allocated a Unique CIBTAC ID and this will appear on all certificates

Guided learning hours

  • Learners have 3 years to complete a full qualification, subject to it being offered by an approved Centre; however it is normally anticipated that the CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services will be completed within one academic year. Learners may complete the qualification more quickly subject to the assessments being made available by the approved Centre

  • Learners are permitted to sit 2 re-sits in unsuccessful units in the 2 years following the initial exam. If they are still unsuccessful after that, the Learner must re-register for these units and complete the course of study again, before sitting the complete examination. This applies to both practical and theory aspects. A unit certificate will be provided for all successfully completed units

  • A Qualification Certificate and Unit Certificate for the CIBTAC Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Therapy Services will be awarded to Learners who have successfully completed the 7 core (mandatory) units and 1 optional unit(s) from the qualification structure.

Course duration : 6 - 8 months 

Course price - £2000

How to contact us - / 0121 448 5886 

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