Difference between Fast Track and Regular Courses?

by Laura

I am currently looking into Beauty Therapy courses and have been looking at the NVQ Level 2 Beauty Therapy course you offer to then be later followed by the Level 3 NVQ. I noticed that there are two options when studying these and was hoping for some clarification.

The Fast Track option for the Level 2 course is 5 weeks long, with one day a week practical work while studying the theory at home. The other option is 16 weeks but is still only one day a week attendance. Presumably that means with the longer option there are 5 weeks of practical work (to match the fast track option) and then 11 weeks of theory. Is this correct?

The course offered sounds great and I wanted to find out more about how in-depth each element is covered because it sounds like quite a lot to learn in 5 weeks. I was also curious to know how much practical work is actually covered in the space of a day and how much theory there would be to study at home should I choose the fast track option.

Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing back from you.

Kind Regards,


Hi Laura,

With both the 5 week and the 16 week courses you are able to achieve the same certificate and will be awarded a VTCT NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy.

Our classes run on a weekly basis this is to allow our students the flexibility to continue with paid work and other commitments whilst studying for our beauty qualifications. The 5 week course can be much more intense than the longer course; there is a heavy requirement for the theory elements to be studied at home.

The 16 week course is not necessarily easier, yet you will find that you are less pressured in terms of deadline dates. For each unit of the course will be covered over 2 – 3 weeks. Time is allocated within class to cover theory, showcase practical demonstrations and practice techniques on your peers and model clients.

The level 2 course covers: Waxing, Manicures and Pedicures, Health and Safety, Make up application, Eyelash and brow tinting, Eyelash application and Facial skincare.

Within the course you are expected to hand in assignments and complete exam questions for each of these units. You are also required to conduct practical assessments on models and clients to showcase that you are fully competent with the treatments.

The 16 week course accommodates 4-5 days for assessment time. With the 5 week course you are required to complete exams and assessments after class hours. We also hold extra assessment dates in order that you can schedule your assessment for a later date should you feel you need more practice or time.

Fast track courses are beneficial for those students, who have already had previous experience within the beauty industry. Either you may have achieved a qualification abroad or you may already be offering beauty services within a salon or from home. The 5 week fast track option allows you to achieve your qualification sooner than you would within any other college or if you were to enroll onto any other course.

However, the 5 week course may be very intense and difficult for those students who are not already familiar with the beauty industry.

When choosing which course to enroll on you can assess the following: how much time you have until you need or want your qualification. You also need to weigh up how fast you are able to pick up on things. You can judge whether you will be able to complete the 5 week fast track according to how much time you will have during the evenings and other days of the week; this will give you an indication as to whether you will feel able to complete homework assignments in a short space of time.

I hope this information has been helpful.

Should you have further inquiries you can email us at info@beaulaz.com or call our head office phone number: 020 8561 5044.

Harwinder Johal
Beaulaz Admin Team

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