Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AH20504 GLH: 361 - 397 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8706/7 Units: 8 - 17 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 42

Additional Information

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
Diva Training Academy +357 99 423207 Visit website Cyprus
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
Total People Ltd 01606 734000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Warrington & Vale Royal College - Hartford 01606 74444 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire West and Chester
Bodmin College 01208 79220 Visit website Cornwall
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Newton Abbot College 01626 883192 Visit website Devon
Durham Community Business College 0191 373 0336 Visit website Durham
Hair and Beauty Industry Training LTD 01388 720272 Visit website Durham
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
Newall Green High School - Sixth Form Centre 0161 413 8839 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
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 - 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
Bitterne Park School 023 8032 5200 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
Hereford Hair Academy 01432 271113 Visit website Herefordshire
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
East Kent College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Dover 01304 244303 Visit website Kent
East Kent College - Folkestone 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
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
South Leicestershire College 0116 264 3555 Visit website Leicestershire
The Beverley Robinson School of Nails and Beauty 01664 567575 Visit website Leicestershire
New College Leicester 0116 231 8500 Visit website Leicestershire - Leicester
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
HOB Academy - Camden 02074 857272 option 3 Visit website London - Camden
HOB Salons Apprentice Academy 020 3551 9009 Visit website London - Camden
City and Islington College 020 7700 9200 Visit website London - Haringey
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
Institute of Dermal Sciences 01895 349008 Visit website London - Hillingdon
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
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
Fazakerley High School 0151 524 4530 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
North Liverpool Academy 0151 260 4044 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
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
Diss High School 01379 642424 Visit website Norfolk
Springwood High School 01553 773393 Visit website Norfolk
The Norfolk Hair and Beauty Training Academy 07703 006592 Visit website Norfolk
The Salon @ 89 Academy 01933 680444 Visit website Northamptonshire
North Nottinghamshire College 01909 504504 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Kevin Shore Vocational Unit 01909 770698 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Burton and South Derbyshire College 01283 494774 Visit website Staffordshire
Buxton and Leek College - Leek Campus 0800 074 0099 Visit website Staffordshire
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
E.Quality Training 01782 620003 Visit website Staffordshire - Stoke-on-Trent
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Boldon School 0191 536 2176 Visit website Tyne and Wear - South Tyneside
University College Birmingham 0121 604 1000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Ormiston Forge Academy 01384 566598 Visit website West Midlands - Sandwell
Sandwell College of Further and Higher Education 0121 556 6000 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
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Delta Academies Trust - Garforth Academy 0113 212 7141 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Dimensions Training Solutions 01132451070 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Outwood Academy Hemsworth 01977 624220 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
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
De' Billiards Academy +91 9872825660 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
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Clonmel Youth Training Enterprises Ltd +353 52 612 4011 Visit website Ireland
Elite Hair & Beauty Academy +353 86 859 3699 Visit website Ireland
Salon Diva Academy of Hairdressing +353 1 459 0525 Visit website Ireland
Solo Hair Design +353 21 455 4908 Visit website Ireland
Style Academy +353 1 89 012 3123 Visit website Ireland
Tralee Community Training Centre +353 66 712 5415 Visit website Ireland
Marbella Beauty Academy +34 693 507 267 Visit website Spain
Coleg Y Cymoedd - Ystrad Mynach 01443 816888 Visit website Cardiff
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
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