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Level 2 Certificate in Women’s Hairdressing

This course is perfect if you are interested in stepping into a career in hairdressing. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain basic knowledge and practical experience prior to studying more advanced techniques on a Level 3 programme.

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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?: N
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Course Information for Students

This VTCT Level 2 qualification will provide you with the basic techniques needed to be successful in the hairdressing industry and the skills and knowledge required for a sustainable career.  It builds your confidence in the standard techniques before you progress to a Level 3 course to master the more advanced skills.

This course is designed for students who need to study English and Maths GCSEs.

As part of your studies, you will be required to complete 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 highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Entry requirements are:

  • The majority of GCSEs at grade 3
  • Both English and Maths GCSEs at grade 3


  • Sector-related industry experience

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:

  • Cut hair using a range of techniques
  • 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 may include:

  • The art of colouring hair
  • Perm and neutralise hair

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

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

*Determined by marks achieved in the previous summer exam

You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, online testing and assignment work. 

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.

Theory lessons will require you to take notes in order to revise terminology and learn processes.

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. 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 essentials required to carry out a range of techniques. 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 on achieving at least one high grade in English or Maths – you will be able to progress to a more advanced Hair course or alternatively move into Beauty Therapy.


This course is an excellent platform for a career in the hair sector.

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

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Course Information Last Updated On: October 17, 2023 2:55 pm