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The hairdressing department prides itself on introducing great stylist to the hairdressing world that have good communication and are professionals. All students work in the college salon 'Hair by Us' 4 days a week. This has only been open to the public for 2 years and already has a good reputation. To improve their skills the students also visit Woodstock residential home one day a week to pamper the ladies that live there. All students attend work experience at local salons to increase their chances of employment once they have achieved their goals. As a department we believe students should get as much training as possible in different environments so we take the students to Wella Studios and Salon International once a year to learn new ideas and innovations in the industry.


Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Course: VRQ

Qualification: VRQ Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Hairdressing

Examination Board: City & Guilds

Specification Code:

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week: 5

Aims of the course:

This qualification is for students that are just starting out in hairdressing or have some knowledge and basic skills in the industry - probably from a role where you work under supervision. You might be a young learner (14-16).

Entry Requirements: None

Course Structure:

Students of all abilities flourish when they can apply their own knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to a subject. This City & Guilds qualification makes learning fun and starts them off in the world of work, giving students the opportunity to apply their research, skills and knowledge to work-related case studies.

If you take a Diploma or Certificate, you'll cover the details of the hairdressing industry:

  • 201 - Working in the industry
  • 202 - Health & safety
  • 203 - Client consultation
  • 204 - Shampooing & conditioning the hair
  • 205 - Promoting products and services
  • 209 - Dressing the hair
  • 212 - Create an Image
  • 214 - The art of colour
  • 215 - Scalp massage
  • 105 - Plaiting & twisting

Assessment & Examinations:

You learn with your tutor through practical sessions, group discussions or assignments. You'll have access to a realistic hairdressing environment where you'll practice and demonstrate your skills.

You'll be assessed by your tutor using assignments, practical hairdressing tasks and online tests.

A City & Guilds qualification is proof that you have the right skill to do your job well - which is why so many employers look for people who have one. You can be confident your qualification is well respected within your industry.

City & Guilds qualifications are engaging and rewarding, and can lead to a whole range of fulfilling careers - including many of the UK's happiest professions.

Term by term content:

  Year 10 Year 11
Term 1
  • Unit 202 Theory
  • 204 - Practical
  • 215 Theory
  • All units practical
Term 2
  • Unit 204 Theory
  • 204/212 - Practical
  • 105 Theory
  • All units practical
Term 3
  • Unit 212/209 Practical
  • Practical assessments all units
Term 4
  • Unit 201 Theory
  • 204/209 practical
  • Practical assessments all units
Term 5
  • Unit 214 theory
  • 204/209/212 Practical
  • Practical assessments all units
Term 6
  • Unit 212 theory
  • 204/209/212 practical

Opportunities for further study:

Progress to NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

Website links for resources:

Suggested revision guides/books:

Name: The City & Guilds Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Retail Price: £25.00
ISBN Number: 9780851932071
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