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Hairdressing: Level 2 VRQ Diploma

Course information

Course Summary

This course will help you to develop a range of practical hairdressing skills that are required in a hairdressing salon. You will learn fundamental hairdressing techniques such as cutting, colouring, styling and shampooing.

Course Code:N4358
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 2
Award:Hairdressing: Level 2 City & Guilds VRQ Diploma
Awarded by:City & Guilds
Course Length

One year

Course Detail

Nescot’s Hair & Beauty Academy has been through some exciting recent changes. We have completely refurbished the training salons and theory room and are now delighted to have a state of the art, commercial salon in partnership with Toni & Guy on site. All of our team are excellent teachers as well as senior-level hairdressers and beauty therapists with outstanding industry experience.

You will gain a basic insight into the world of colour, learning about the colour star and how to formulate the L’Oréal product range to get the results the client is looking for. You will learn how to carry out a full consultation in order to identify a client’s requirements and you will be able to make recommendations for products and future services.

You will work on real clients within commercial time frames. You will be expected to show the communication skills and behaviour that would be expected in the salon (employability skills).

Units you will complete:

  • Consultation
  • Health and safety
  • Shampooing
  • Promoting products
  • Cutting women’s and men’s hair
  • Colouring and lightening hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Working in the industry

Timetable and assessment

  • You will be continually assessed on your practical and written work.
  • Theory lessons where you will prepare for your exams.
  • Practical lessons where observations will be carried out.
  • A work placement to gain industry knowledge
  • Weekly tutorial support to continue to develop your employability skills
  • English and maths lessons if you have not achieved a 4 at GCSE, which are a compulsory element in achieving your diploma.

Work Experience is a part of this course, the hours and dates will be determined by the course tutor. Work experience can be up to a maximum of two weeks on an external placement, you are encouraged to source your own placement with support from the WEX Team and your course tutor. Where external placements are not possible you will be expected to take part in simulated work experience organised by the college.

Course Fees

Fees for 2022/23: £3,100

Please note:

  • Fees are for 2022/23 and relate to home and EU students
  • Students aged 16 to 18, or those aged 16 to 24 who have a valid EHCP, and are studying Further Education courses are not normally charged for course fees
  • For more information about financial support, please click here.
Entry Requirements

New Students

Four GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English at grade 3 and successful completion of pre-interview written task. We require a good reference from your school alongside your application. You will also be interviewed in the spring term by a member of the Hairdressing Team.

Progressing Students

Successful completion of the Level 1 programme in Hair with the majority of grades at Merit or above plus English, together with a satisfactory reference from your tutor for attitude, behaviour, attendance and punctuality.

Your Next Steps

Successful students at Level 2 can progress to work as a junior stylist in a salon, or to VRQ Level 3 in Hairdressing.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2022. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

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All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 02/11/2021