The full suite of market-leading qualifications that we develop covers Hairdressing & Barbering, Beauty Therapy, Complementary Therapy, Sport, Active Health & Fitness, Hospitality & Catering, Business & Retail, and Learning & Development.

What types of Qualifications does VTCT offer?

Technical Qualifications

Technical Qualifications at Level 2 (Technical Certificates) have been developed for the purpose of leading learners to sustainable and worthwhile employment in their chosen service sector. They can also be a progression to Level 3 Technical Level Qualifications which lead directly to employment opportunities.


VTCT offers Professional Apprenticeship Standards for Hairdressing and Barbering and Beauty Therapy, Nail Technician and Beauty Counter Consultancy. These replace the SASE system and have been created as a result of the Trailblazer process where employers, professional associations and awarding organisations have come together to create a fit for purpose Apprenticeship.

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Vocationally Related Qualifications (VRQs)

VRQs offer different levels which focus on the development of the underlying principals and practical skills required in varying industries. They are designed to deliver a high level of occupational capability and progression into employment. The flexible structures ensure they will appeal to individuals in full time or part time education, as well as continuous professional development.

National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

NVQs are qualifications that are usually completed in the workplace. One of the benefits of a NVQ is that they test your ability to actually do the job, which makes them suitable to take whilst in work. A key part of your course will include proving that you can do certain work-related tasks. During the course you will be assessed through your portfolio, where you build evidence of the work you have done, and by observation, where an assessor watches you work and checks that you can perform the necessary tasks.

Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)
SVQ is the Scottish equivalent of NVQ’s

Functional Skills
Functional Skills are qualifications in English, maths and ICT that support you to develop the practical skills you need for life, education and the workplace.

Is my qualification recognised outside of the UK?
VTCT is the leading specialist awarding organisation in the UK for qualifications in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy with over 55 years’ experience of awarding qualifications both within the UK and Internationally. Two years ago VTCT acquired ITEC Awarding Organisation and ITEC branded qualifications are now awarded by VTCT. VTCT is officially recognised by Ofqual – Recognition Number: RN5198. Ofqual are the UK Office reporting directly to the UK Parliament for qualifications and regulation.
Each VTCT qualification bears a QAN number, which provides assurance of validity and authenticity and that it is on the RQF – Regulated Qualifications Framework. The UK regulatory framework articulates with the EQF – European Qualifications Framework for recognition of qualifications by international employers, governments and professional associations.

For more information, please visit https://www.vtct.org.uk/