VRQ Level 2 Diploma in
Hairdressing Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

This course will build on your current abilities and strengths, encouraging you to work more independently as a hairdresser.


Why take this course?

This course is aimed at those who have been successful in VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair & Beauty Sector (Hair Route) and/or have been working in the industry for around 2 years and are looking to accredit their skills and knowledge.

The course will develop your understanding, and provide progression opportunities for those who want to progress to the Level 3 Diploma, or those who wish to pursue a supervisory or technical employment role.

What you will experience

You will develop practical skills in consultation, shampooing, conditioning and scalp massage. Basic styling, cutting, colouring, lightening and perming techniques are the main focus on the course, with opportunities to develop your creative skills.

Promoting and selling a variety of products and services, alongside reception duties and the importance of health and safety, will also be covered. These skills will prepare you for work experience and progression to further study or employment.

Hairdressing student styling hair

Key facts

Entry requirements

Applicants should have achieved the VRQ Level 1 Diploma in an Introduction to the Hair and Beauty Sector (Hair Route) qualification or a similar award.  Applicants should also have a minimum of three National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade qualifications, or appropriate life/work experience.

Good communication skills, a willingness to learn new practical skills and confidence in working with the public are essential qualities. Essential skills will be developed throughout the course. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase the designated kit, textbook, learning resource and uniform.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College:


This course may lead to careers in hairdressing including:

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Junior Stylist
  • Ladies Hairdresser
  • Men’s Hairdresser
  • Salon Receptionist

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website: www.nescol.ac.uk, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.