Hairdressing Course (NVQ Level 2)

VTCT Product Code: HB2N2 GLH: 561 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 601/5886/4 Units: 8 – 14 Registration End Date:

31st Dec 2023

Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 64

We offer the highest quality & standards of hairdressing training. The level 2 NVQ Hairdressing course runs 1-day a week classes over 8-months to allow learners to manage the course around their current work life. Learners benefit from a private institutionalised learning style without high tuition fees.

Working in our commercial hairdressing and treatment salon, students gain hands-on experience creating an enriched learning experience that ensures they enter the workplace informed with up-to-date knowledge. All practical work and theory are taught in Watford, Hertfordshire in a real working salon environment. This allows the students to learn under real-world circumstances as well as benefit from regular visits from key industry producers and professionals.

We have been delivering professional beauty courses for more than 15 years with a 100% pass rate. All our NVQ Diploma courses offered for Hair and Beauty are accredited by the internationally recognised governing body VTCT.

Blow Drying Hair

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is aimed at learners of all abilities who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/stylist.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.

What does this qualification cover?

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

– Advise and consult with clients

– Set and dress hair

– Styles and finish hair

– Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work

– Cut hair using basic techniques

– Colour and lighten hair

– Shampoo, condition, and treat the hair and scalp

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding, and skills to advise and consult with clients and then provide a complete hairdressing service, including shampooing and conditioning, colouring, cutting and setting and dressing, and styling and finishing hair. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, awareness of environmental sustainability, and commercial skills, all of which employers value highly. Problem-solving and research skills will also be developed.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners must achieve nine credits from optional units that include (this list is not exhaustive): remove hair extensions, relax hair, perm and neutralise hair, plait and twist hair, and temporarily attach hair to enhance a style.

Who is this qualification the most suitable for?

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma is most suitable for learners seeking to work in and develop their skills in a commercial setting. Centres can only deliver it with access to a ‘real’ hairdressing salon and a realistic working environment.

Career Opportunities

Learners who achieve this qualification can become a State Registered Graduate Hairdresser (SRGH) with The Hair Council. As a junior hairdresser/stylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

– commercial hairdressing salon
– independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
– product manufacturing and training television, film, theatre and media
– armed services
– HM prison service
– cruise liners
– hospitals/care homes

Further Learning Opportunities

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing an advanced apprenticeship or Level 3 qualification in hairdressing. These include:

– VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing
– VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies
– VTCT NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

What qualifications do I need to do hairdressing?

There are no set requirements to become a hairdresser. Anyone above the age of 16 who is good with people, creative minded with a flair for communication and has an obsession with hair can be very successful.

How long will it take to become qualified?

Like many artistic fields, this is an ever evolving career and one can learn something new ever so often. This hairdressing course will award an NVQ Level 2 in 8-months upon successful completion of all requirements.

Is Hairdressing a good career? How much can I make?

Hairdressers are always in demand, even in tough economic times. According to several global surveys, it is actually one of the most fulfilling and satisfying careers in the world and you are pretty much guaranteed a steady job for life!

Hairdressers in United Kingdom earn £12.82 per hour on an average and can make upto £40,000 a year based on working 4 days a week.

Is hairdressing hard?

It’s not – but it is hard work! The training is actually very extensive and needs intelligence and skill to become good and competent. Everyone requires personalised guidance from an experienced teacher and therefore not really a skill you can pick up on-line or through remote learning.

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