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Hairdressing Diploma Level 2 VRQ at West Lancashire College

Course description

This course covers all aspects of hair care and prepares students for a career in hair salons. This course is available for school leavers who have completed their statutory school education or a recognised Level 1 Hairdressing Certificate. Learners must have 3 Grade C at GCSE including English

be good at working with their hands

  • be creative and artistic
  • have good communication skills
  • be able to work quickly and neatly
  • enjoy working with people
  • be interested in fashion and grooming.

Course content

Much of the coursework is practical, working in the college salons training to become competent in male/female hairdressing. Theory is covered in order to assist and support the practical work. Flexible learning techniques are used to deliver theory, which include learning packages, group work, projects/assignments, demonstrations and videos.

All students will study the following:

  • Working in the hairdressing industry
  • Consultation/diagnosis
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Health, safety & hygiene
  • Cutting hair
  • Style dress and finish hair
  • Colour
  • Perming hair
  • Functional skills/GCSE's
  • Retail promotions
  • Displays
  • Create an image

Additional courses will also be included within the main course content.

Optional enrichment courses and trips will be available to full time students at an additional cost. Details will be available from the course coordinator.

All students must purchase relevant kit from the Hairdressing department prior to the start of the course. Costs will be discussed at enrolment and during the college induction. Students will be required to carry out treatments on the general public who book in as clients at our reception area. All students must display a positive attitude, be prepared to work as part of a team and have excellent attendance.

All Level 2 students must attend work placements in a salon during the year.

All students must wear the college uniform, which is:

  • Long smart black trousers (purchased by student).
  • College tunic (purchased from the departments chosen supplier).
  • Low heeled full black smart shoes (purchased by student).
  • Students will be required to remove all visible jewellery including facial piercing during all practical sessions (due to awarding body requirements) and have short nails with no nail polish.

Mobile phones must not be accessed in classrooms and salons unless permission has been sought from the course coordinator.

If the above is not adhered to you will be asked to leave the salons.

A certain level of manual dexterity will be required for this course.


Learners will undertake a period of work experience appropriate to your course as part of the programme of study.

Maths and English will be part of your programme of study and you will study qualifications in Maths and English, appropriate to your level of ability, alongside your chosen course.

Entry requirements

New learners should have 3 GCSE Grade C or above including English.

Students must be able to work effectively with others and be willing to carry out and receive all treatments. All students must display a positive attitude, be prepared to work as part of a team and have excellent attendance.


Assessment is by practical observation, oral questioning, case studies,assignments plus photographic evidence. An internal/external verifier will assess all portfolio evidence and practical skills.

Future opportunities

This is a nationally recognised qualification. Students who successfully complete Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing may progress to the Level 3 in Hairdressing or Barbering.

This course will enhance employment prospects and provides scope for employment in Hairdressing Salons, Hair/Beauty Consultancies or as a Sales Person.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lancashire College directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2016
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