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Women's Hairdressing Intermediate (Level 2)

Hair & Beauty Students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Women's Hairdressing Intermediate (Level 2)

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

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 OR equivalent
  • Level 1 Hairdressing
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of observations, written assignments and online multiple-choice exams questions. Within each unit you will complete written tasks, which work towards your assignments. There are a set number of practical assessments to meet a range of criteria relating to each unit.

Course content

What will I study?

This course covers the following units:

  • Dressing Hair
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Health and Safety
  • Working in the hair industry
  • Cutting women’s hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp

These are mandatory units.

You then have a choice of 3 other option units to make a full qualification.

This could be units such as:

  • Style and finish African type hair
  • Provide scalp massage services
  • Display stock to promote sales in a salon.

All lessons take place at the main Kingsway campus in Dunstable in our new and modern salons.

How will I learn?

Lessons are a mixture of practical and theory. You will learn through group tasks, quizzes and working collaboratively with others. To start you will learn on a manikin head until you have gained enough skills to work on external clients to gain practical assessments.


We aim to get you as much industry related experience as possible. The best experience is to find employment within a salon during your time at college. This could be by covering a busy Christmas period or on a regular basis.

Next steps

Course progression:

Level 3 hairdressing, VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing, apprenticeships.

Career progression:

Freelancer after gaining experience, Hair and Beauty retail,

What are the expected employment sectors for this course?

Career opportunities as a junior hairdresser/stylist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial hair salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media
  • Armed services
  • HM prison service
  • Cruise liners

Additional information

Equipment and other costs

You will need to purchase a kit, which costs £213. This will be used in all of your practical sessions, and is yours to keep at the end of the course so will make -up the start of your professional kit for industry.

You will also be required to purchase a tunic (£27.20) and to wear suitable black trousers (£18.50) and black shoes for each lesson. You will be provided with an order form to purchase this. You will need to be able to move freely so order up rather than down in size. We advise you to purchase a book or use our online library.


No, there is no work placement attached, but we will give opportunities throughout the course to put yourself into a real-world scenario.

Available Courses
Cbc Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 35 weeks
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.