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Skin Cancer Awareness for Non-healthcare Professionals

Course Code: CAW

Level: 2
Subject area: Complementary Therapies
Awarding body: VTCT
Qualification: Award
Course type: FREE (Eligibility Applies), Short course
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two days
When you'll study: Mondays, 9.30am - 5.00pm

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About the course

The VTCT Level 2 Award in Skin Cancer Awareness for Non-healthcare Professionals has been designed to enable beauty therapists, complementary therapists, nail technicians, sports massage therapists, fitness instructors, hairdressers and barbers to recognise the signs and symptoms of skin cancer. You will be able to alert clients to changes in their skin and signpost them to public information and their Doctor. 

Professionals in hair, beauty and wellbeing industries work closely with clients and in many cases have sight of areas of skin, which may not be easily visible to the client. 

Public awareness of skin cancer has never been higher, and yet skin cancer remains the fastest growing cancer in the UK, especially amongst young people. The chances of a positive outcome can be dramatically increased with early diagnosis.

What you'll learn

You will study the following subject areas:

  • the signs and symptoms of skin cancer
  • the possible causes of skin cancer and how it may be prevented
  • your role as a non-healthcare professional in raising awareness of skin cancer and alerting clients to changes on their skin.
Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


There are no exams. You will be assessed through a portfolio of evidence.

What's next?

This qualification will not provide any direct progression route to employment or to any other qualification. However, it is a qualification that will complement the knowledge and skills gained in any beauty, spa, nails, complementary therapy, sports massage, fitness, hairdressing or barbering qualification, at any level.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2020/21 (August 2020 – July 2021). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2021/22.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete and return an application form.