Skip to main content

Level 2 Technical Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing is a technical qualification aimed at learners looking to move on to higher level qualifications to develop more advanced techniques.

Apply Now

Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: Offsite
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y

Apply now at:
QR Code

Course Information for Students

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Ladies Hairdressing is a technical certificate qualification aimed at learners looking to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed junior hairdresser/hairstylist.

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.

This course is designed for students who do not need to study English and Maths GCSEs.

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 or higher
  • Both English and Maths GCSEs at grade 4


  • 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.

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/hairstylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

– Advise and consult with clients
– Blow-dry and style hair
– Colour and lighten hair
– Cut ladies hair
– Health, safety and hygiene
– Set and dress hair
– Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
– Style hair with electrical equipment

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. Learners will acquire knowledge of all relevant testing together with health, safety and legislation requirements necessary for a junior hairdresser/hairstylist. 

They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients and provide a range of basic cutting, colouring and lightening services. Alongside these are units to develop skills in setting, dressing, blow-drying and styling hair with electrical equipment.

In parallel, learners 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 and research skills will also be developed.

You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, phase tests and assignment work. You will undertake regular assessment to prepare for the three externally set exams.

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. There will be three externally set exams, one of which is a synoptic exam which tests your knowledge from a range of mandatory units.

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. You need to pass every unit and pass the theory and synoptic exams in order to achieve.

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to progress to the more advanced T Level or move into Beauty Therapy or Barbering.


This course is an excellent platform for a career as a junior hairdresser/hairstylist in the hair sector.

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

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

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

Hairdressers and Barbers


Hairdressers and Barbers

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

More Careers Information at:
QR Code

DCG Success Stories

Discover how our students have achieved success. Their hard work and dedication to learning has enabled them to succeed in rewarding careers or progress onto higher education.

role model

We encourage progress and aspirational outcomes by guiding people onto learning pathways that lead to positive destinations. Our students have gone on to achieve great things since leaving the College. We would like to share some of their inspiring success stories with you.

View Role Models

online application form

Get Started...

Use our online application form to apply for this course.

Apply Now

Course Information Last Updated On: July 16, 2024 9:56 am