Qualification Information

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering Category: Hairdressing
VTCT Product Code: AH20504 GLH: 361 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8706/7 Units: 8 - 17 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 42

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies is a substantial vocational 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. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing and/or a sucessful skills test and interview.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification is part of a suite of hairdressing qualifications. At 361 - 397 guided learning hours (GLH), this qualification is smaller than the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing which is also included in the Performance Tables. Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become a junior hairdressers/stylist, this qualification in hairdressing requires learners to achieve less optional units, but will provide learners with all relevant skills for employment. Both the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing and VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies can be achieved through gathering evidence in a college's realistic working environment without the necessity for real paying clients. Hence, this qualification is most suitable for learners who wish to undertake a Level 2 Hairdressing qualification but who are committed to completing maths and/or English or another smaller qualification in parallel as opposed to the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing which is most suitable for learners who have achieved maths and English and wish to focus the majority of their Study Programme on hairdressing.

What does this qualification cover?

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

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/stylist including: health and safety; client consultation; shampoo and conditioning hair; the research unit - working in the hair industry; cut womens hair; colour and lighten hair and the art of dressing hair. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills base by selecting a number of optional units from a range of specialist units which includes: reception duties; create an image based on a theme; provide scalp massage services; 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) on Page 5. This qualification structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a junior hairdresser/stylist.

What could this qualification lead to?

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

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

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist, learners may choose to develop their skills further base by undertaking specialist qualifications at Level 3, including:

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

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 7 components and earn a minimum of 39 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
UV20486 A/600/8630 Colour and lighten hair 2 10 91
UV20488 H/600/8539 Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp 2 3 29
UV20494 T/600/8626 The art of colouring hair 2 7 60

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 1 components and earn a minimum of 3 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20484 M/600/8611 Working in the hair industry 2 4 35
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
UV20499 J/600/8632 Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector 2 7 60
UV20503 A/601/5366 Wig services 2 5 40
UV20512 Y/600/8537 Perm and neutralise hair 2 7 60
UV20513 L/600/8535 Provide scalp massage services 2 4 33
UV20514 T/600/8531 Style and finish African type hair 2 5 45
UV20515 R/600/8536 Relax African type hair 2 5 44

*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
The Diaspora Community Projects t/a Institute of Dermal Sciences 07881667640 Visit website England
Barnfield College 01582 569500 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Total People Ltd 01606 734000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Bexhill College 01424 214545 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Wigan and Leigh College - Leigh Campus 01942 761452 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Dover Technical College 01304 244303 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Retreat Services 07368593077 Visit website Kent
The John Wallis Church of England Academy 01233 623465 Visit website Kent
Carnforth High School 01524 732424 Visit website Lancashire
Brooksby Melton College 01664 850850 Visit website Leicestershire
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College - Wigston Campus 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
Institute of Dermal Sciences 01895 349008 Visit website London - Hillingdon
AAXA 07804092978 Visit website London - Hounslow
Bella Hair Academy 07711556908 Visit website London - Lewisham
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
The Norfolk Hair and Beauty Training Academy 07703 006592 Visit website Norfolk
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Ethos Hair Training Academy 01909 231125 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
E.Quality Training 01782 620003 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Fulonas Beauty Institute - London Road 020 8665 0699 Visit website Surrey
Barnardo's Employment and Training Skills North 0191 2963367 Visit website Tyne And Wear - North Tyneside
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
University College Birmingham 0121 604 1000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Aspire Sussex Ltd - Burgess Hill 01444 810710 Visit website West Sussex
Delta Academies Trust - Garforth Academy 0113 212 7141 Visit website West Yorkshire
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Sarum Academy 01722 323431 Visit website Wiltshire
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Guernsey College of Further Education 01481 737500 Visit website Guernsey
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Clonmel CTC +353 52 612 4011 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
South West College - Enniskillen Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
South West College - Omagh Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
South West College - Dungannon Campus 0845 603 1881 Visit website Mid-Ulster
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff