Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on the Level 2 Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK’s lead hairdressing professional association (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior hairdresser/stylist. 

This qualification requires our learners to work in our commercial salon whereby assessments will be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times. Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is most suitable for learners seeking to work in, and develop their skills in a commercial setting. 

Course Name: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Course code: AH20147
Entry requirements: Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing and/or a successful skills test and interview.

What this qualification could lead to: Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Graduate Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council, and may also undertake Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing studies. This qualification provides progression opportunities to the following VTCT qualifications:

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

Cost: The course fee for the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing is £2200. Contact the Academy for further information about our instalment plan.

Admin fee: £125

Uniform: All students are required to purchase a uniform £35

Funding: May be fully funded if you are eligible for public funding.

Need advice about student finance? If you are unsure about what you are entitled to, our Student Advisers are here to help. The Academy can provide you with clear, and confidential advice about what you may be entitled to.

career opportunities

  • Commercial salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent, self-employed, mobile and home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media

Mandatory Units

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/stylist including: health and safety; client consultation; shampooing and conditioning hair; cutting; blow-drying and setting; colouring and giving customers a positive impression of yourself. These units are all mandatory.




Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation.


Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety.


Shampoo, condition, and treat the hair and scalp.


Change hair colour.


Advise and consult your client.


Style and finish hair.


Set and dress hair.


Cut hair using basic techniques.

Optional specialist Units

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills by selecting an optional specialist unit. The Academy prefers to cover the highlighted topic as this more desirable in a commercial salon.




Cut hair using basic techniques.


Develop and maintain effectiveness at work.


Promote additional services or products to customers.


Plait and twist hair.


Perm and neutralise hair.


Attach hair to enhance a style.

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