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Course Code
25102 23
Course Title
Level 2
1 Year(s)
Entry Requirements

Completion of level 1 hairdressing. 4 x GCSE's grade A*-D / 9-3 including maths and English.

Start Date
September 2023
16-18 £0.00
Funded £0.00
Non-Funded £0.00

Will the course give me what I want?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing is a qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on the hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading professional body (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior hairdresser/stylist.

Course content

This course covers the following units: Dressing Hair, Client consultation for hair services, Health and Safety, Working in the hair industry, Cutting women's hair, Colour and lighten hair, Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp. These are mandatory units. You then have a choice of 3 other option units to make a full qualification. This could be units such as Style and finish African type hair, provide scalp massage services and Display stock to promote sales in a salon.


All lessons take place at the main Kingsway campus in Dunstable in our new and modern salons.

How will I learn?

Lessons are a mixture of practical and theory. You will learn through group tasks, quizzes and working collaboratively with others. To start you will learn on a manikin head until you have gained enough skills to work on external clients to gain practical assessments.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of observations, written assignments and online multiple-choice exams questions. Within each unit you will complete written tasks, which work towards your assignments. There are a set number of practical assessments to meet a range of criteria relating to each unit.

Equipment and other costs

You will need to purchase a kit, which costs £213 This will be used in all of your practical sessions, and is yours to keep at the end of the course so will make -up the start of your professional kit for industry. You will also be required to purchase a tunic (£27.20) and to wear suitable black trousers (18.50) and black shoes for each lesson. You will be provided with an order form to purchase this. You will need to be able to move freely so order up rather than down in size. We advise you to purchase a book or use our online library.

What additional work outside of college will I need to do?

We aim to get you as much industry related experience as possible. The best experience is to find employment within a salon during your time at college. This could be by covering a busy Christmas period or on a regular basis.

Do I need to find a work placement? Do I need a DBS?

No, there is no work placement attached, but we will give opportunities throughout the course to put yourself into a real-world scenario.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed onto?

Level 3 hairdressing, freelance after gaining experience, Hair and Beauty retail, apprenticeships and more.

  • VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

What are the expected employment sectors for this course?

Career opportunities as a junior hairdresser/stylist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial hair salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media
  • Armed services
  • HM prison service
  • Cruise liners