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Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Beauty Skills (VRQ)

This course is designed to introduce you to a wide range of skills that will specifically prepare you for the role of a hairdressing and beauty therapy apprentice within the hair and beauty sector.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • Create an image based on a theme
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Basic plaiting and twisting hair
  • Colour hair using semi-permanent colour
  • Basic clipper cutting techniques for men's hair
  • Basic cutting techniques for women's hair
  • Blow dry and finish hair
  • Basic winding techniques
  • Shampoo and treat hair
  • Client and customer skills
  • Create and maintain a retail display area in the salon
  • Promote yourself and prepare for a job interview
  • Promote and sell products and services to clients

Through the mandatory unit, 'Create an image based on a theme', you will learn how to create a mood board detailing all of your ideas for the full look before creating it on a client including hair, make-up and nails, based on your chosen theme. By doing this, you will gain the skills needed to communicate your ideas and will be able to understand why creating a mood board is an important part of developing your overall look.

In addition to these units, you will also have the opportunity to select from the following options:

  • Face painting
  • Basic nail art
  • Eyebrow shaping
  • Basic skincare
  • Basic photographic make-up
  • Basic manicure and pedicure

These optional units will also provide an insight into the hair and beauty industry, relevant hair and beauty products, health and safety, client and customer skills, promoting and selling products and services, promoting yourself, designing retail display areas and preparing for a job interview.

How is it assessed?

An assessment will take place at the end of the course which will combine what you have learned from different parts of the course. Practice assessments will take place throughout the year.

You are also required to build a portfolio of evidence to support what has been carried out over the period of your course.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You will need a level 1 hairdressing qualification and a grade 2 or above (equivalent to grade E) in English and maths.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. As part of your study programme, you will work towards achieving your qualifications in English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

If you are aged 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information on financial support that may be available, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

This qualification will prepare you for an apprenticeship in hairdressing or beauty therapy as a hairdressing or beauty therapy apprentice.

This qualification will prepare you to progress to the next level of study at level 2. Specifically you will be able to undertake:

  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)
  • Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering (QCF)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing (QCF)
  • Level 2 Diploma in Barbering (QCF)

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform (tunic), which will be worn with black trousers or a skirt and a full black shoe. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for a bursary to cover these costs.

Ref: Julie Harker



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Why study Beauty, Nails, Makeup and Spa Therapies with us?

Enrichment Activities

Enhance your skills with enrichment activities such as ear piercing and casualty makeup.

Extensive Courses

We have a diverse range of courses with excellent progression opportunities.

Experienced Tutors

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach. 

Industry Competitions

Stand out from the crowd with prestigious competitions such as WorldSkills and AHT.

Creative Environment

Develop your creativity and skills in our modern, commercial beauty salon and spa, The Lounge. 

Latest Brands

You will work with the latest salon brands such as Dermalogica, MAC and Star Nail.