Ladies and Men’s Hairdressing City and Guilds Level 2 VRQ

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code Hair2
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 2
Course type Full Time


You will cover all of the technical and non-technical units to achieve a Level 2 qualification. Examples: cutting, colouring, styling, permanent waving, and consultation.

You will complete assessments and assignments to enhance your knowledge for all units. You will work within the school’s salon Education Cuts, working on clients and undertaking work experience in one of Canterbury’s salons.


The aims of this qualification are to encourage students to:

  • Stimulate and develop enjoyment of hairdressing
  • Develop and demonstrate skills, including practical and research skills
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other
  • Appreciate how the subject develops and how combining training in-house and work experience can increase employability
  • Recognise the value of training and forging links with industry


Students will cover the following areas within this qualification:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Consultation
  • Product knowledge
  • Cutting ladies hair
  • Styling ladies hair
  • Perming ladies hair
  • Colouring ladies hair
  • Reception duties
  • Work experience one day per week in a local salon which is monitored for progression

How will it be delivered?

Practical assessments are carried out in the hairdressing salon on clients, friends or family. The criteria are set out by City and Guilds. Written assessments are in the form of assignments also set out by City and Guilds.

Entry requirements

Students must have a passion for hairdressing. Due to the written component of the course, students are recommended to have a reasonable Level 3/4 standard of written English.

Your next steps...


This can lead on to a job in the industry. Examples of the range of jobs include:

  • Managerial
  • Cruise liners
  • Technicians
  • Theatre work
  • Drama company
  • Film work
  • Freelance
  • Photographic
  • Senior stylist
  • Television work



This can lead on to a barbering course and the opportunity to progress to Level 3. This can also lead to further study in beauty and holistic treatments.