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Vocational & T Level

Hairdressing VRQ Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Media Make-up
Start Date
September 2024
Study Mode
1 year
Level 2

The aim of this qualification is to build on your knowledge and practice, develop your practical skills and prepare you for further study and employment. The course runs across 3 days per week and may also include 1 evening per week.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSE subjects at grade 3 and Maths or English at a grade 4 or above, or have a Level 1 qualification in Hairdressing or Beauty Therapy/Media Make-up.

What will I study?

The programme content includes:

  • Working in the Hair Industry
  • Following Health and Safety Practices in the Salon
  • Client Consultation for Hair Services
  • Shampooing and Conditioning the Hair and Scalp
  • Cutting Women's Hair
  • The Art of Dressing Hair
  • Colouring and Lightening Hair
  • Perming and Neutralising Hair
  • Promoting Products and Services to Clients in the Salon
  • Salon Reception Duties
  • Creating an Image on a Theme within the Hair and Beauty Sector

Additional activities:

  • Home study/revision
  • Online learning
  • Competition work
  • Work experience/work placement
  • Employability skills
  • Visits to hair shows and relevant exhibitions
  • English and Maths (if you haven't achieved a grade 4 or above)

Additional costs

All students are expected to purchase a practical kit and uniform, details of which will be provided during your advice and guidance discussion and induction.

Method of delivery

This course is predominantly a practical-based course. This means that the majority of your training will be delivered in a salon/workshop environment. You’ll be expected to complete theoretical knowledge through homework activities and directed learning, although some theory work will also be embedded into practical sessions. You will be required to complete tests and assignments as part of your study. You may be required to partake in online learning activities throughout the course, which are often led by employers and industry specialists.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment consists of practical observations on paying clients, questioning, written questions, assignments, projects and written tests online. You will be required to provide some of your own models. Assessment will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level, Apprenticeship or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Hairdressing Diploma VRQ Level 3 for one year, or you could follow an apprenticeship route and study the Advanced & Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship Level 3.

Jack, Hairdressing student brushing a client's hair

“I chose to study Hairdressing Diploma Level 2 because it teaches great skills such as multi-tasking and helps to improve my speech. I chose York College because they provide great support for deaf students and my previous school has good links with the College. I get on really well with everyone and always feel really welcome.”

Hairdressing VRQ Level 2
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