Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

VTCT Level 2 (A*-C equivalent)

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy remains an extremely popular vocational area which enthuses young people. VTCT has launched a new qualification specifically for school. The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) is now a qualification that has been accepted for inclusion in the 2016 and 2017 Key Stage 4 Performance Table giving it GCSE equivalence.

The aim of this qualification is to use the fascinating Hair and Beauty Sector as a vehicle to develop a range of skills and knowledge. The school has a salon which is where the students participate in the hands-on aspects of the course, which broadens their knowledge of various skills such as hair and scalp diagnosis, massaging techniques and much more. We also have access to a classroom with PCs for the written work.  The students learn to use various pieces of equipment, which enables them to experiment on each other and produce innovative hair styles.

Learning in the Hair Salon:


Peer work: Styling Techniques


Units studied:

This qualification is designed to use the context of hairdressing and beauty therapy to support young people to develop a broad understanding of this workplace sector. Activity examples include exploring sectors, carrying out research projects, business enterprise and marketing and promotions.

Alongside developing these academic skills students will develop practical skills in the salon and learn about the Science of Hairdressing. This will include knowledge of skin and hair anatomy, as well as the characteristics of, and factors affecting different hair and skin types. Learners will create a formula for a cosmetic hair and beauty product in order to produce enhancing effects on the skin and hair. They will also explore the effects of skin and hair products.

Externally Set Assignment

Assessment is by means of a range of written activities assessed by staff. There is also an external assessment (exam) at end of unit. 

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