Level 2 Diploma


The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is aimed at all ages, learners who wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/stylist. This qualification also forms part of the intermediate hairdressing apprenticeship framework which is delivered in the workplace.
This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the barbering sector. Because of this, the knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.


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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 which includes, 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, 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.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to achieve nine credits from optional units which 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.

International Students
We accept overseas students visiting on tourist visas and can provide housing options. If you are from a country that is part of the European Union then you likely will be able to travel to the UK without obtaining a separate visa. If you are from outside of the EU then you will need to apply for a tourist travel visa from the UK government, which you can do here:

Career pathways
Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to 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

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