Hair and beauty services

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Beauty Services is a course that has been specifically designed to develop students’ practical skills in both the Hair and Beauty industries. Underpinning this qualification students will develop a sound knowledge of health and safety practice in a salon environment. The purpose of this qualification is to develop students’ skills to a high level of occupational ability to enable then to perform their own services and to assist others.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but a genuine enthusiasm and commitment in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. You must be prepared to work in a team and independently on all tasks and assignment set. You will be working with real clients, therefore excellent attendance, punctuality and a commitment to the health and safety of others is essential. Ideally students will have achieved a minimum Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics at GCSE. You may be given an assignment with practical elements to gain entry onto the course.

Course Overview

On This Course You WIll Study

Learning will take place in our onsite salon, through consultation with real clients and through work placement in a commercial setting. Students will learn skills to complete all mandatory units that include: 

  • Health & safety;
  • Shampoo and conditioning hair; 
  • The art of dressing hair; 
  • Makeup application; 
  • Manicure and pedicure treatments; 
  • Salon reception duties; 
  • The art of colouring hair; 
  • Creation of an image based on a theme.

In parallel, students 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, team working, and research skills will also be developed.

Work placement is a compulsory element of the course and will take place within a commercial setting each Friday for a full day throughout the duration of the course. Students are not permitted to wear nail extensions or jewellery due to the practical aspects of the course.Students are permitted to wear black clothing and black flat shoes.

This course comprises 50% coursework and 50% assessment.

In Year 13, you will study either Beauty Specialist Techniques or Women's Hairdressing.

Careers & Progression

After the first year, students will choose to specialise in either the Beauty Specialist Techniques or Women's Hairdressing.

Point of contact:

Anita Brown


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