Hair & Beauty Therapy

Why should you choose this course?

Hairdressing and beauty therapy has been and remains an extremely popular vocational area that many young people are enthused by and aspire too. The aim of this qualification is to use the hair and beauty sector as a vehicle to develop learners more broadly, so they are sufficiently prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in any context.

What will you study as part of this course?

This qualification includes two core units that can be applied to any sector or vocational area. In this qualification, learners will use hairdressing and beauty therapy and related industries (i.e. retail, leisure, fashion, marketing, media, business) to develop themselves and, in particular, the skills and attributes prized by employers, further education colleges and higher education institutions. The units that make up this qualification include:

The mandatory units within this qualification ensure that all learners will develop the knowledge and understanding of the hair and beauty sector that underpins all other units in this qualification:

  • Understanding the hair and beauty sector (mandatory) - exam unit
  • Hair and beauty research project (mandatory)

The optional units provide an opportunity for centres to tailor a programme for learners to best suit their specialist interests, as well as the employment context of the local area, and the availability of, and access to resources:

  • Hair and beauty science
  • Responding to a hair and beauty design brief

How is the course assessed?

This qualification uses a grading model of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (P/M/D/D*)


What qualifications could you achieve?

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

What further career options and pathways are available to you after this course?

Learners who successfully achieve this qualification could progress to vocationally related qualifications, such as:

• VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Photographic Make-Up (QCF)

• VTCT Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques (QCF)

• VTCT Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)

• VTCT Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Barbering (QCF)

Learners may also seek employment within the hair and beauty sector or a related industry.