Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: HB2D1 GLH: Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 603/0198/3 Units: 11 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 2

Additional Information

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who require a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/hairstylist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 1 qualification or equivalent in hairdressing.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/hairstylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

Advise and consult with clients
Blow-dry and style hair
Colour and lighten hair
Cut ladies hair
Health, safety and hygiene
Set and dress hair
Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Style hair with electrical equipment

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. Learners will acquire knowledge of all relevant testing together with health, safety and legislation requirements necessary for a junior hairdresser/hairstylist. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of basic cutting, colouring and lightening services. Alongside these are units to develop skills in setting, dressing, blow-drying and styling hair with electrical equipment. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification is one of two VTCT Technical Certificate qualifications in ladies hairdressing. In addition to this qualification is the Level 2 Extended Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing; both qualify learners to become junior hairdressers/stylists.

At 412 total qualification time (TQT), the Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel.

The Extended Diploma at 544 TQT is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on hairdressing, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council. As a junior hairdresser/hairstylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

commercial salons
independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
armed services
HM prison service
cruise liners
hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one or more of the following areas:

senior stylist
salon management
hair colour correction
specialist hair and scalp services
advanced hair styling

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical certificate category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the hairdressing sector. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:

NameWebsite address
The Hairdressing Councilhaircouncil.org.uk
National Hairdressers' Federationnhf.info

Qualification Structure

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HB2D1.EX1 External Examination 1 HB2D1 2
HB2D1.EX2 External Examination 2 HB2D1 2
HB2D1.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HB2D1 2

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

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO34M Y/615/0807 Health, safety and hygiene 2 30
UHB169M A/615/0802 Advise and consult with clients 2 35
UHB170M F/615/0803 Blow-dry and style hair 2 30
UHB171M J/615/0804 Colour and lighten hair 2 90
UHB172M L/615/0805 Cut ladies hair 2 85
UHB174M Y/615/0810 Set and dress hair 2 35
UHB175M D/615/0811 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 2 25
UHB176M K/615/0813 Style hair with electrical equipment 2 30

*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

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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
Bexhill College 01424 214545 Visit website East Sussex
Andover College (A Campus of Sparsholt College) 01264 360024 Visit website Hampshire
Fareham College 01329 815200 Visit website Hampshire
Southampton City College 023 8057 7221 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Southampton School of Hairdressing and Barbering 023 8059 5060 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
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
Mid-Kent College - Maidstone Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent
Mid-Kent College - Medway Campus 01634 383447 Visit website Kent - Medway
Accrington and Rossendale College 01254 389933 Visit website Lancashire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
byHEART Learning Ltd 0151 708 7645 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
Vision West Notts College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
KeyChanges - Unlocking Women's Potential 0114 245 9508 Visit website South Yorkshire - Sheffield
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0800 111 6311 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 6311 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 6311 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Northbrook Metropolitan College 01903 273054 Visit website West Sussex
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
New College Swindon 01793 611470 Visit website Wiltshire - Swindon