Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AH20225 GLH: 445 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/1065/4 Units: 10 - 16 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 52

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's and Men's Hairdressing is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed unisex hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on the hairdressing and barbering 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 unisex hairdresser/stylist.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing/barbering and/or a successful skills test and interview.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification is unique as the only one which covers both women's and men's hairdressing, and is therefore most suitable for learners who wish to provide hairdressing services to males and females.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, and will develop knowledge, understanding and skills to prepare learners for employment as a junior unisex hairdresser/stylist. Learners will have their unisex hairdressing skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior unisex hairdresser/stylist including: health and safety; client consultation; shampoo and conditioning hair; cut womens hair; the art of dressing hair; cuts men's hair and cut facial hair. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional units, which include: reception duties; promoting products and services to clients; and perming and colouring hair - the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification).

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a graduate State Registered Hairdresser/Barber (SRH/B) with The Hairdressing Council.

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

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

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior unisex hairdresser/stylist, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking a Technical Level qualification in hairdressing or barbering Level 3, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies
- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 8 components and earn a minimum of 35 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV10345 Y/502/3979 The art of dressing hair 2 5 30
UV20386 A/600/9065 Client consultation for hair services 2 3 30
UV20483 R/600/8763 Follow health and safety practice in the salon 2 3 22
UV20485 T/600/8612 Cut women's hair 2 8 75
UV20488 H/600/8539 Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp 2 3 29
UV20504 A/600/9146 Cut men's hair 2 6 53
UV20505 T/600/9064 Cut facial hair 2 4 32
UV30337 A/502/3795 Styling men's hair 1 3 30

Optional Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 2 components and earn a minimum of 17 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20484 M/600/8611 Working in the hair industry 2 4 35
UV20486 A/600/8630 Colour and lighten hair 2 10 91
UV20489 A/600/8773 Salon reception duties 2 3 24
UV20490 J/600/8761 Display stock to promote sales in a salon 2 3 24
UV20492 T/600/8769 Promote products and services to clients in a salon 2 3 28
UV20494 T/600/8626 The art of colouring hair 2 7 60
UV20512 Y/600/8537 Perm and neutralise hair 2 7 60
UV20513 L/600/8535 Provide scalp massage services 2 4 33

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Tina Kay Hair & Beauty Training Centre +354 22 346308 Visit website Cyprus
Tina Kay Hair & Beauty Training Centre - Larnaca Visit website Cyprus
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
Hair@theAcademy 07974 750699 Visit website Devon
Skills Group UK 01752 332442 Visit website Devon
Skills To Group Limited - Exeter Academy 01392 411119 Visit website Devon
Skills To Group Limited - Newton Abbot Academy 01626 362779 Visit website Devon
Skills To Group Limited - Plymouth Academy 01752 255887 Visit website Devon
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Elite School of Beauty Therapy 01279 755077 Visit website Hertfordshire
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
West London Beauty Academy - Remix Hair and Beauty 07701032052 Visit website London - Brent
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
South Thames College - Merton Campus 020 8918 7272 Visit website London - Merton
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
Waltham Forest Adult Learning Service 020 8496 2974 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Waltham Forest College 020 8501 8120 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
London College of Beauty Therapy 020 7208 1300 Visit website London - Westminster
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
E.Quality Training 01782 620003 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
Brushstroke 01932 592 463 Visit website Surrey
Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College 01276 709050 Visit website Surrey
Hair Academy by TGI Ltd 01274 505705 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Christopher Whitehead Language College 01905 423906 Visit website Worcestershire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
AAMA Academy (Hong Kong) +852 2558 0728 Visit website Hong Kong
Hair Cafe International +91 9914433461 Visit website India
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
BLUSH ACADEMY +27 (0)11 763 7667 Visit website South Africa
NPTC Group - Newtown College 0845 408 6200 Visit website Powys