VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing | Furness College
VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Course Content

How long is the course?

Full-time over one year. Usually, this course consists of one open salon evening per week, offering all Level 2 services on the programme.

How will I learn?

Embarking on a full-time hairdressing study programme, you will learn by working in a real salon environment, at your own pace. Before practical work begins you will study the underpinning knowledge required and your tutors may demonstrate the skills necessary. 

You will work on your practical skills, knowledge and understanding by performing various Level 2 hairdressing services. There is also a requirement that you will undertake targeted online study, directly related to your course and employability skills. Additionally, all study programmes will also include a compulsory provision of either functional skills or a GCSE in a relevant qualification or Maths and English for those under 19 years of age. Those over 19 years of age are warmly invited to attend the functional skills/GCSE provision on offer also as part of their course, if desired.

All full time qualifications at Furness College also require an amount of independent study. At least 5% of the course content will be available for access on our Virtual Learning Environment. You will be required to access this information to enhance your research, study and employability skills. These are all an essential part of your professional hairdressing qualification and underpins part of the knowledge needed to be successful throughout your course.

What subjects will I study?

This qualification contains all of the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/stylist whilst at College and will include the following:

Mandatory Units:

  • Cross-unit health and safety
  • Client consultation
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair
  • Cutting
  • Blow-drying and setting  
  • Colouring

Optional units studied may include:

  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Perming
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Reception duties
  • Cut men’s hair

This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway.

Every full-time course will include a real experience of work.

Maths and English form part of this course and will be assessed at the relevant levels.

How will I be assessed?

For practical elements, you will be observed formatively and sumatively by your assessor. Your work must be collected in an online portfolio of evidence and referenced to awarding body requirements. All the practical work is assessed in the salon on fee paying clients and you will be required to build your own ‘model’ client base. You will also be assessed by oral questioning techniques and online exams to prove your subject knowledge. You will improve your study skills by learning to set short term targets for yourself and your tutor will help to formally assess your progress by providing additional feedback during 6 weekly reviews and tutorial sessions, throughout the year.

Are there any additional costs?

This is a professional qualification and as such there is a very strict salon dress code to follow. Students must wear a uniform of a tunic and trousers, which costs around £45, including delivery. A cardigan is optional at an additional cost. Students must purchase their uniform themselves and if they qualify for financial help, they may receive some money from the college to go towards the cost. Students will receive an order form in the post with their offer letter. Examples of appropriate footwear can be shown to you at interview. 

There is also a hairdressing kit to purchase that will be compulsory to bring to all lessons (costs in the region of £115). This kit contains specific equipment that must be brought to every session. It is ordered via the College and full instructions on how to obtain, will be given at interview or will be sent to you when you are offered of a place on the course. 

We would also advise recommended apps for digital media and hand held devices, approximately £3. There are free E Books available to assist you with your study at College.

Manchester Live’ Hair and Barbering Show, usually takes place around March time, offering trade stands, celebrity stylist demonstrations and the latest in salon technologies are on offer to try. Aimed at salon professionals, the costs are around £20.

Entry Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing/Hair and Beauty, Barbering or relevant Industrial experience. Acceptable applicants also may have completed an advanced schools programme of study or a traineeship in hairdressing. An initial diagnostic online testing platform will be used to determine suitability for the course in all cases, regardless of academic entry starting point. You will also be required to attend an informal interview prior to acceptance on this course.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us: T: 01229 825017 E: info@furness.ac.uk www.furness.ac.uk


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Student Profile
Leah Watson

“There is a very positive and enthusiastic environment at Furness College and my tutors are always happy to help and share their expertise.” Leah Watson successfully completed Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship and secured a full-time role as a hairdresser at Salon SA on Walney.

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