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Qualification Overview 

The main purpose of the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Beauty Skills (VRQ) is to enable learners to develop hair and beauty skills, techniques and knowledge, which will prepare learners to progress to the next level of vocational learning. All the units in this qualification directly prepare learners for further study in the hair and beauty sector.


Learners will also have the opportunity to select from a range of technical optional units including: basic face painting, basic nail art, eyebrow shaping, basic skincare, basic photographic make-up, basic manicure, basic pedicure, blow-drying and finishing hair, basic winding techniques, shampooing and treating the hair, basic plaiting and twisting hair, colour using semi-permanent colour (note: semi-permanent colour unit must be delivered using a training head/block only), basic clipper cutting techniques for men's hair or basic cutting techniques for women's hair.


Also included in the optional section of this qualification are units that support learners practical work such as; working in the hair and beauty industries, health and safety, client and customer skills, promoting and selling products and services, promoting themselves, preparing for a job interview and create a retail display area.

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Hair & Beauty Tutor
Lisa Gannon

Entry Requirements

Learners must be aged 14 or over at the time of certification for this qualification. Learners must have previously achieved a hair or beauty qualification at level 1 or had a successful interview with centre.

Units Covered in This Qualification

  • Create an image based on a theme


Achievement of this qualifications confirms the learner has gained the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Progress into further learning at a higher level

  • NVQ Level 2 and 3

  • Alternatively, this qualification may lead directly into supervised employment in the hair and beauty industry. It can also provide a good platform for the opportunity of working as a modern apprentice.