Hair and Beauty

Subject Leader

Debbie Plaskitt


About Our Subject

At CWLC and Sixth form we are lucky to have our own hairdressing salon Aspirations this gives learners the opportunity to experience a real working environment. At KS4 we offer Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.

A-Level we offer VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing.

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)

Hairdressing and beauty therapy has been and remains an extremely popular vocational area that many young people are enthused by and aspire too. The qualification aims to use the hair and beauty sector to develop learners more broadly, so they are sufficiently prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career of any context. The qualification will also provide a sound basis for progression onto further hairdressing and beauty therapy qualifications, apprenticeships or into the workplace.

The course is made up of two mandatory units and two optional units:

Unit 1: Understanding the hair and beauty sector.

Unit 2: Hair and beauty research project.

Unit 5: Hair and beauty science.

Unit 6: Responding to a hair and beauty design brief.

You will have 5 hours over 2 weeks where you will cover various aspects of the different units. Although there are practical elements to the course there is a strong academic focus.


A VTCT Level 2 Certificate is equivalent to 1 GCSE qualification.

The units are assessed through assignments, projects, exams and practical work.

Alongside the GCSE qualification you will also be working towards VRQ Level 2 Extended Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Skills. This is a practical qualification in which you will learn a wide range of treatments and services.

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

This qualification is an advanced (Level 3) technical qualification, which has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and trade bodies to set the standard and content

Course content:

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a senior hairdresser/stylist. Students must achieve all mandatory units which include:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Hairdressing consultation
  • Hair cutting services
  • Hair colouring services
  • Setting and dressing services
  • Blow- drying and finishing services

Plus 1 optional unit

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and colouring services, and set, dress and finish the hair. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

Assessment and Grading:

To be awarded this qualification, learners must successfully achieve the following assessments:

  • Externally set and internally marked graded practical assessments
  • Externally set and marked examinations
  • Externally set and internally marked graded synoptic assessment
  • Portfolio of evidence

The overall qualification is graded Fail/Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction*