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TLT Academy - GCSE Equivalent - VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) has been designed in line with recent policy developments, including the Review of Vocational Education – The Wolf Report (March 2011) and meets the Department for Education’s (DFE’s) characteristics for high-quality and rigorous qualifications.

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) has been accredited by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and is part of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF)

This qualification uses a grading model of Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction* (P/M/D/D*) which will improve student motivation and provide challenge, distinguish between levels of student achievement and ensure sufficient rigour in assessments.

Synoptic assessment is at the heart of this qualification. Learners are required on an ongoing basis to effectively apply and integrate appropriate knowledge, understanding and skills from across the breadth of the vocational area to key tasks that form the assessments of units. This will increase the level of challenge for students and ensure cohesiveness across the qualification.

This qualification has been designed to use the context of hairdressing and beauty therapy as a vehicle to support young people to develop broad and comprehensive understanding of the sector but more importantly of core academic knowledge and study skills that will support progression within hair and beauty therapy or more broadly. Examples include exploring sectors, carrying out research projects, science, business enterprise and marketing and promotions. This qualification has been developed collaboratively with schools, colleges, employers and other associations to ensure it has the appropriate content and is fit for purpose for learners pre- and post-16.

The use of hair and beauty as a subject to develop core knowledge and general study skills is an attractive concept seeking to keep learners engaged and enthused. The structure of this qualification, along with its rigorous assessment approach, will enable learner progression to a broad range of study areas, to an apprenticeship or the workplace.

Qualification aims

The VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ) aims to support young people to:

  • Develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of the hair and beauty sector
  • Develop a significant knowledge core which spans the entire vocational sector and related industries
  • Develop academic and study skills that will support progression within the hair and beauty sector and more broadly.

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.

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. This fantastic course encourages the learner to explore the many facets of our industry and the treatment services and products we see and use on a daily basis either in a professional salon or at home.

This course is designed for individuals with a keen interest in this billion pound industry, from Cosmetic House counter representatives such as Chanel, Lancôme, Clarins, YSL to a Therapists working locally, abroad, in the City, a Spa, a Cruise, an Airline, Hotel, Salon Owner, Scientist, Research Fellow, Theatre, Film, Media, Photography, Drama, as a Pre-University interest or just for personal knowledge, understanding and use.

On successful completion of this course the learners will achieve a GCSE A-C pass; this will be accredited to their mainstream schools league table and achievement statistics at a time when a school funding is heavily reliant on output and achievement.

This course will fully engage the learner not only through the research and project work but with a variety of practical skills such as Facial Skin Care, Makeup, Application of Product in line with current fashion trends and media sensationalism, understanding client preference and suitability of the service.

This qualification has been developed for learners aged 14-16, although it may also be suitable for some post-16 learners.

Learners who successfully complete this qualification will be prepared to continue their studies at Level 3.

There is no formal entry requirement to access this qualification and no prior knowledge, skills or understanding are required, however, an interest in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy is desirable.

Progression opportunities

Learners who successfully achieve this qualification could progress to vocationally-related qualifications, including (this list is not exhaustive):

  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Fashion and Photographic Makeup (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)
  • VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Media Makeup (QCF)
  • VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Nail Technology (QCF)

Learners could also progress to GCE A Levels, in:

  • Applied business
  • Business studies
  • Drama and theatre studies
  • General studies
  • Media
  • Physical education
  • Travel and tourism

Learners could also progress to an apprenticeship in:

  • Hairdressing
  • Hairdressing (combined hair types)
  • African-Type Hairdressing
  • Beauty Therapy General
  • Beauty Therapy Makeup
  • Nail Services

The qualification may also be useful to those seeking to progress to qualifications in the following sectors/industries:

  • Complementary and alternative therapies
  • Spa therapy
  • Fashion and photography
  • Retail – cosmetic and fashion
  • Theatre and media
  • Travel and tourism
  • Sport and active leisure.

Learners may also seek employment within the Hair and Beauty sector or a related industry.

For further information please contact us on 020 8462 3662 or

Learners required to purchase uniform and kit

Government funding is available for individuals who meet the criteria.

For more information please contact us on 020 8462 3662 or email us.

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