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VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Intensive Hairdressing at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This one year full time course offers you a nationally recognised qualification in hairdressing. The course is designed to prepare you thoroughly for work in a very fashion conscious and creative industry.

•  A well groomed and smart appearance is essential as you will be working with the public and need to present a professional image
•  Great importance is also placed on reliability requiring regular attendance and punctuality
•  You will need to purchase a hairdressing kit and salon uniform which must be obtained before the start of the programme.  Details of these will be given to you at a Welcome Event.
•  You will have a strong passion for the hairdressing industry

The programme is practical and theory based and structured so that you cover all aspects of hairdressing. The VRQ Level 2 comprises 11 units of study, which specify the minimum levels of performance required to work as a qualified hairdresser.

Below are examples of some of the units that may be included:
• Health and Safety
• Shampooing and Conditioning
• Working with others
• Consultation
• Colouring
• Perming
• Cutting
• Styling
• Creating a theme based image
• Creating retail displays
• Promoting products and services
Units will vary according to awarding body criteria.

As with all our programmes, this course includes tutorial sessions and individual reviews, giving you individual time with your personal tutor.
You may also be required to study and achieve further qualifications in English and Maths to assist in your personal development.
You will also be required to carry out compulsory work experience as part of your study programme.
You will be required to compete in the Annual College competition.

Entry requirements

You will have 2 GCSEs at grade D or above or have successfully completed a Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing qualification at school or via another provider with evidence of commitment and good attendance and skills check during the taster days.  You will need the motivation to succeed and show personal qualities required for working in the hairdressing industry.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The programme is delivered with a mix of learning styles but mainly focusing on demonstration of particular topics with opportunities to practise. You will attend college four days per week.

You will be working on members of the public in The Park where the college's well equipped salons are based. These salons provide a realistic commercial setting in which you can gain experience in dealing with clients. The associated theory is covered alongside the relevant practical topics. In addition to the experience gained in the college salons, you will spend some time working in industry in the form of work placement. This is arranged in conjunction with your tutor. You may be required to provide your own clients.

A number of visits are arranged during the programme to keep you fully informed of developments and fashion trends in the industry. Arrangements are also made for specialists in a particular field to attend college to present their work. Involvement in competition work is part of the programme and is actively encouraged. You are required to enter the annual college hairstyling and make-up competition held in the Spring term. You will need to continue to develop your studies outside your college timetable.

Professional product training is provided to enable you to experience retailing and customer care first hand. Practical assessments take place on fee paying clients in The Park where the college's new hair salons are based. You will have the opportunity to use an extensive range of high quality hair products and excellent new specialist equipment. You will be expected to demonstrate your competence in all units to the standard required in industry.
Assessments will take place throughout the programme by a variety of methods including:
• Practical assessment
• Oral assessment
• Written assessment
• Online tests
• Completion of portfolio - containing records of your assessment evidence from work you have completed
• Observation

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This nationally recognised qualification will form the basis of being able to operate as a professional hairdresser in line with European standards. There are excellent career opportunities for well trained, qualified hairdressers to work in a wide range of places including salons, salons in department stores, health farms, large companies as sales representatives or technicians, hospitals and ocean liners.

Should you decide to continue your studies you could progress to the VRQ Level 3 Hairdressing or take additional qualifications in beauty, manicure or cosmetic make-up to widen your employment prospects.

Hairdressing can provide a fascinating and rewarding career if you are practical and creative and enjoy working with people. It is essentially a fashion industry where creativity and artistry combine with technical skill to provide a service for people. It is a demanding occupation which requires good health, stamina, a capacity for hard work, a pleasant personality and the ability to get on with people. The programme aims to provide professional qualifications and equip you with the personal skills necessary to pursue a successful career in hairdressing.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Saturday 4 March 2017 9.30am-12.30pm
Thursday 4 May 2017 5pm-8pm
Saturday 24 June 2017 9.30am-12.30pm

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 September 2017
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