• Hairdressing

Hairdressing & Beauty

Welcome to the Hairdressing and Beauty Department

Mission Statement





Welcome to the Hair and Beauty department at The Community College Whitstable. We hope you enjoy finding out all about our department.

The Hair and Beauty department aims to bring learning to life, for all students, by staging a real life working environment for both salons.  This enables the students to make an informed decision for their future if they are wishing to enter the Hair and Beauty industry and help to make them work-ready when leaving College.

Subject Leader:

Mrs M Busby






























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.

This qualification has been developed for learners aged 14-16 with an interest in hairdressing and/or beauty therapy. It aims to support young people to:

- develop a broad understanding of the hair and beauty sector
- develop significant knowledge 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, across the range of sectors.

As well as developing knowledge and skills in researching, science, business, marketing and design, learners will develop further skills which will support them into further study, including:

- Critical thinking and being reflective on self-performance and work produced
- Use of initiative, planning and researching skills, self-management, self-motivation and the ability to work independently
- Innovation and creativity
- Application of knowledge and understanding to real life examples and businesses
- Problem solving
- Communication skills - verbal, written and visual.

Principal Learning

Principal Learning is an excellent qualification developed in partnership with employers and universities. The qualification is designed to provide young people with a good understanding of the Hair and Beauty Sector in a way that is interesting, challenging and enjoyable. Principal Learning is delivered and assessed holistically, offering a fascinating insight into six industries and provides the opportunity to combine theoretical study with the practical application of skills

The VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is based on the Level 2 Hairdressing National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's lead hairdressing professional association (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior hairdresser/stylist.
This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group and will prepare learners for employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist. Learners will work in, and have their hairdressing skills assessed in a 'real' commercial salon.

. The VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Customer Service (QCF) is a vocational qualification that focuses on the development of the requisite understanding and skills to aid career progression through the application of excellent customer service.

Our department also offers a range of private courses in Hairdressing and Beauty; we have built refresher training courses for those wanting to reignite their passion and skills and are also accredited to deliver Assessor training. For further information please contact Mrs M Busby mbusby@ccw.kent.sch.uk










  • VTCT Level 2 Certificate in Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (VRQ)
  • VTCT Level 2 Principal Learning in Hairdressing and Beauty Studies
  • VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Customer Service
  • VTCT Level 3 Certificate in assessing Vocational Achievement