Level 2 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing

Who is it for?

This is a work-based qualification suitable for any person who is starting out in the hairdressing industry.


See units listed below. Students will be allocated a dedicated assessor who will visit them in the workplace to carry out assessments, set targets, provide support and monitor their progress.

What units must be achieved?

To achieve a full Level 2 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing, students must achieve a minimum of 54 credits: 48 credits from the mandatory units and a further 6 credits from the optional  units.

Mandatory units

Unit: G20 Make sure own actions reduce risks to health and safety 5 credits

Unit: G17 Give clients a positive impression of self and organization 5 credits

Unit: G7 Advise and consult with clients 3 credits

Unit: GH8 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 4 credits

Unit: GH9 Change hair colour 11 credits

Unit: GH10 Style and finish hair 6 credits

Unit: GH11 Set and dress hair 6 credits

Unit: H12 Cut hair using basic techniques 8 credits

Optional units
The assessor will carry out a skillscan with the student in their workplace to identify the best optional units for them to complete. The final decision will be agreed between the student, their employer and their assessor.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this qualification.  If it’s being completed as part of an apprenticeship then entry requirements do apply


The course takes between 12 and 18 months, depending on:

  • the student’s prior experience, knowledge and qualifications
  • how long and often the student’s employer can release them for training
  • the amount of time the student can dedicate to the course work
  • the outcome of the student’s initial assessments
  • whether the course is being undertaken as part of an apprenticeship


Apprenticeship funding is available for this course. Students’ eligibility for funding will be assessed on application. If students aren’t eligible for funding, the cost of the course is £1800 inclusive of VAT


On completion of this course students will be able to carry out basic hairdressing services and can progress onto the NVQ Level 3 Diploma in hairdressing

How to apply

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