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Hair and Beauty – VTCT

Exam Board: VTCT
Specification Number:  C02A1/C02C1

What will be studied

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 prepared and equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to pursue a career in any context.

Unit UC06 Create an image based on a theme 

Unit UBT2 Basic face painting

Unit UBT5 Basic nail art

Unit UBT12 Basic manicure

Unit UHB8 Shampoo and treat hair

Unit UHB10 Plaiting and twisting hair

Unit UC03 Working in the hair and beauty sector

Learning Methods

Learners will complete the theory coursework portfolio for each unit. 

Learners will complete Formative and Summative practical assessment for each unit.

Expectations of Students

VTCT Level 2 Award in hair and beauty skills. Minimum requirement 2 units:

Learners are required to complete the mandatory unit UC06 Create an image and one optional unit.

VTCT Level 2 Certificate in hair and beauty skills. Minimum requirement 5 units:

Learners are required to complete the mandatory unit UC06 Create an image and 4 optional units.

How is the course assessed

Your knowledge and understanding in these units will be collected in a portfolio of evidence.

Guidance for this will come from your assessor. Your assessor may also ask questions to confirm your knowledge and understanding.

Your assessor will also observe your practical performance. Your grade will be determined by achievement of assessment criteria and achievement of additional performance standards.    

The VTCT Level 2 Award/Certificate in hair and beauty skills. You will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit. A Pass is worth 1 point, a Merit 2 points and a  Distinction 3 points. 

The hair and beauty teacher at Links Academy is a qualified Assessor for both hairdressing and beauty therapy and will assess all the learners for their theory portfolio evidence and the observation of your practical performance. 

An External IQA will quality assure the assessment process twice yearly and the EQA will quality assure the Centre annually to check the Assessor decisions and Centre quality assurance procedures.

What websites are recommended

What equipment is needed

Peers, Staff, family and friend models

Head blocks to practice hairdressing, face painting and makeup applications

Hand mannequin to practice basic manicure and basic nail art applications

Products, tools and equipment.

Level 2 text books for hairdressing and for beauty therapy

Career Paths/Next Steps

VTCT level 2 Diploma in hair and beauty skills (VRQ)

VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in hairdressing, barbering or Beauty therapy. Further Education college.

Level 2 Apprenticeship in: Beauty therapy – General. Makeup. Nail services.

VTCT Level 3 NVQ or apprenticeships