Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AH20225 GLH: 445 - 656 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/1065/4 Units: 10 - 16 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 52

Additional Information

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
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Lord Grey School 01908 626110 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Stanground Academy 01733 821430 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Warrington & Vale Royal College 01925 494494 Visit website Cheshire - Warrington
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Hair@theAcademy 07974 750699 Visit website Devon
Newton Abbot College 01626 883192 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
Sir John Colfox Academy 01308 422291 Visit website Dorset
Yeovil College - North Dorset Technical College 01747 856010 Visit website Dorset
Durham Community Business College 0191 373 0336 Visit website Durham
Hair and Beauty Industry Training LTD 01388 720272 Visit website Durham
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Sussex Downs College - Lewes Campus 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Bitterne Park School 023 8032 5200 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
Hereford Hair Academy 01432 271113 Visit website Herefordshire
Elite School of Beauty Therapy 01279 755077 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Community College Whitstable 01227 272362 Visit website Kent
The Holmesdale School 01634 240416 Visit website Kent
The John Wallis Church of England Academy 01233 623465 Visit website Kent
The Towers School and 6th Form Centre 01233 653531 Visit website Kent
Carnforth High School 01524 732424 Visit website Lancashire
The Beverley Robinson School of Nails and Beauty 01664 567575 Visit website Leicestershire
New College Leicester 0116 231 8500 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
University Academy Holbeach 01406 423042 Visit website Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy Ltd 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Ghost Academy 020 8590 4938 Visit website London - Barking and Dagenham
Licence to Cut Training Academy 07852 170085 Visit website London - Ealing
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
South Thames College - Merton Campus 020 8918 7272 Visit website London - Merton
Aim Skills Development 020 8552 5684 Visit website London - Newham
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
byHEART Learning Ltd 0151 708 7645 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
North Liverpool Academy 0151 260 4044 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Es Paradis College of Nails, Beauty Therapy & Hairdressing 07709 417132 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Diss High School 01379 642424 Visit website Norfolk
Springwood High School 01553 773393 Visit website Norfolk
The Salon @ 89 Academy 01933 680444 Visit website Northamptonshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
West Suffolk College 01284 701301 Visit website Suffolk
Tomlinscote School and Sixth Form College 01276 709050 Visit website Surrey
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
Ormiston Forge Academy 01384 566598 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Solihull College - Face Hairdressing 0121 705 6900 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Central Sussex College 01293 442200 Visit website West Sussex
Hair Academy by TGI Ltd 01274 505705 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Dimensions Training Solutions 01132451070 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Attitude Hair and Beauty Academy +91 1822 500222 Visit website India
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
Sidri International Academy for Beauty and Health Sciences +91 8860333825 Visit website India
Sidri International Academy for Skin, Hair and Nutrition +91 7838963383 Visit website India
Academy School of Barbering +353 1 459 0525 Visit website Ireland
Big Apple Academy +353 86 3618851 Visit website Ireland
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Salon Diva Academy of Hairdressing +353 1 459 0525 Visit website Ireland
Style Academy +353 1 89 012 3123 Visit website Ireland
Tralee Community Training Centre +353 66 712 5415 Visit website Ireland
Beauty Emporium Academy +356 2713 2414 Visit website Malta
H2O International Hair and Beauty Academy +34 96 646 1158 Visit website Spain
Tommy's Education Centre 01492 870166 Visit website Conwy
Coleg Cambria - Deeside Campus 0300 303 0007 Visit website Flintshire
Utopia Academy 01834 860000 Visit website Pembrokeshire
NPTC Group - Newtown 0845 408 6200 Visit website Powys