Throughout this course you will acquire knowledge of all relevant services together with health, safety and legislation requirements necessary for a junior hairdresser/hairstylist. You 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, you will develop your communication and customer service skills, your awareness of environmental sustainability and you commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.


Meet our students Liza-Jane Lamb

Liza-Jane Lamb

“I have immensely enjoyed my time at the College, and thanks to the dedication of the tutors, I will be forging a new career in hairdressing armed with all the skills and attributes needed to be successful in my chosen profession. ”

Meet our students Nichola Connorton

Nichola Connorton

“The course has helped me develop my skills so much and my knowledge on the subject has been expanded. I can’t wait to use my skills within a salon.”

  • Description

    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

  • Entry Requirements

    Students will need to have five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably including Maths and English. Alternatively, students will be accepted onto the course if they have an equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level1.

    All students must have achieved, or show the ability to achieve, Maths and English to grade 3 or equivalent. Where a student has not yet fulfilled this requirement, a functional skills qualification is a mandatory part of this course.

  • Qualification

    VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing

  • Progression

    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 you for employment, you may choose to develop your 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

  • Assessment

    Continuous assessment of practical skills will prepare students for graded assessments which are set throughout the year. A graded end-of-year practical synoptic exam and written exams are required to pass the qualification.

  • Home Study

    Four to six hours a week is recommended to support the qualification. This will included revision for exams.

  • Work Placement

    It is mandatory that you will complete 30 hours work experience alongside this course. Ideally, working part-time in the industry would benefit skills and knowledge. Hairdressing, cutting colouring, level 2

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    It is advisable that students purchase their own text book. A uniform is mandatory. Information for this will be given at interview. It is essential that students have scissors, razor and a basic hairdressing kit.

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HAIRL2 212201 September 2021 Fee Information

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14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.