L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
Barry Campus

About this course

Our VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) course is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/stylist. Located at our Colcot Road campus in Barry, this qualification is based on the Level 2 Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS), and is recognised by the UK's lead hairdressing professional association (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career in the sector.

Studying in the college’s fantastic facilities (including our vast commercial hairdressing salons), this programme is structured to provide learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required for their designated career pathway as a junior hairdresser/stylist. 

What you will study

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/stylist:

Health & safety
Client consultation
Shampooing and conditioning hair
Blow-drying and setting
Gents cutting unit

These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units including:

Plaiting and twisting hair
Reception duties
Promoting products and services to clients

Additional areas that are covered include Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy or Digital Literacy/Employability.
Students will be required to undertake a work placement as part of their full-time qualification, and will be expected to undertake 4 Saturdays at the Cardiff Campus salon on a rota basis, as well as have the opportunity to work within a busy commercial environment in order to develop their vocational skills and competence.

Additional fees include Salon Fee (£30.00). Students will be required to purchase a Hairdressing Kit (£270.00), Uniform (£60.00), Black shoes, Stationery and files.

Course fee per year

Salon Fees: £30.00

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs Grades A* - D including English Language (or equivalent). Satisfactory reference from Course Tutor. Alternatively, successful achievement of Level 1 and satisfactory reference. Satisfactory reference from School or College to indicate good behaviour, attendance and progress OR prior Learning and work experience .

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing


What our students say

l enjoy my course because it’s an actual real-life salon so there is real work experience and there are plenty of great facilities here.

Freya Rees
Former Level 2 and 3 Beauty student


Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ