Level Two VRQ Diploma in Women's and Men's Hair

This course covers all the basic areas of hairdressing and offers a City & Guilds qualification.

This course is available as part of a full-time study programme for 16 to 18 year olds, and as a part-time course for adults aged 19 and over.  Please ask learner services for details.

What will I study?

  • Working in the hair industry
  • Following health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
  • Promoting products and services to clients in a salon
  • Cutting women's hair
  • Colouring and lightening hair
  • Perming and neutralising hair
  • The art of dressing hair

Additional units include:

  • Creating an image based on a theme within the hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy sector
  • Displaying stock to promote sales in a salon
  • Scalp massage
  • Salon reception duties
  • Plaiting and twisting hair

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is through observation of practical skills carried out on paying customers in the salon environment. Learners also participate in written and oral questioning or online multiple-choice tests.

Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs grade D/3 and above
  • Or level one diploma
  • Or introductory diploma
  • Or NVQ level one
  • Or equivalent

Where appropriate, any relevant previous experience or qualifications can be accredited towards the qualification.

What next?

This qualification could help you gain employment in salons as a stylist or continue onto an NVQ level two part-time course.

Additional information

Additional mandatory qualifications for 16 to 18-year-old learners:

  • Level Two Award in Cutting Men's Hair
  • Functional skills
  • Personal and social development

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

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