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Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing Services

This course is perfect if you are looking to be introduced to the hair sector. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain initial knowledge and basic experience that exposes you to what a career in hair might entail.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
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Course Information for Students

This VTCT Level 2 qualification will introduce you to some of the basic techniques needed in the hairdressing industry. The course is designed to give students a taste of what it would be like to train as a hairdresser on Level 2 or Level 3 Diploma courses. It is designed to build your confidence in working with customers and developing a good rapport and first impression with clients. This is especially useful for those with anxiety or a lack of confidence in their technical skills.

This course is designed for students who need to study English and Maths GCSEs. Progressing to higher grades in these subjects should be the primary focus for students on this study programme.

As part of your studies, you will be required to complete a period of work experience to develop skills and behaviours that support your progression.

Your timetable may include one late evening per week and you are expected to build up a client base in order to undertake your assessments.

You need to be keen to develop your knowledge of the hair industry. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Entry requirements are:

  • The majority of GCSEs at grade 2 / 3
  • English and Maths GCSEs at grade 2 / 3


  • Progression from a Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Hairdressing

You will have an interview and will be invited to attend a taster session. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview and taster. If you are successful, you will be allocated a conditional place to study.

There are a range of mandatory units to complete, including:

  • Create an image based on a theme in the hair sector
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Client consultations
  • Working in the hair industry
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Shampoo and condition the scalp

Optional units include:

  • Introduction to the hair and beauty sector
  • Plaiting and twisting hair

You will also develop your skills in maths and English which will be assessed through the summer exam series.

Further study in Year Two will include: 

  • Cutting women’s hair
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Perming and neutralising hair
  • Displaying stock to promote in salons

Please note: one late-night session per week may be on your timetable.

You will be working with clients. Often they are people with whom you will not be familiar or you may be asked to find your own clients on whom to develop your techniques. You will also act as a client as part of a reciprocal agreement with your peers. 

This course will be delivered on-site at the Roundhouse. It is highly practical and so a basic level of fitness is required as you may spend long periods on your feet between breaks.

You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, online testing and assignment work. Theory lessons will require you to take notes in order to revise terminology and learn processes. You need to have a friendly and outgoing personality, you need to act professionally, and you should be reliable, punctual and productive.

There is a kit and uniform to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

The kit will contain the basic essential equipment required to complete the units. Financial assistance will be available for eligible candidates.

The uniform must be worn every day and consists of black trousers or leggings and a black polo shirt. Closed-toe black shoes or trainers can be worn but these must be plain black (including the laces and logos).

You will be formatively assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, exams and assignments.

As the course is highly practical, you should expect to have a number of summative observations to ensure your competency in each technique and exams to assess your theoretical knowledge.

On successful completion of this programme and with a higher grade in English or Maths, you should look to progress to the Level 2 Diploma in order to master the essential skills to become a junior hairdresser.


This course is the first step towards a career in the hair sector but further study is recommended.

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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This course could lead to one of these careers...

Hairdressers and Barbers


Hairdressers and Barbers

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Course Information Last Updated On: May 9, 2024 1:31 pm