VTCT in Hair
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

There are 7 mandatory units consisting of theory and practical work these will cover anatomy and physiology

  • style and finish hair
  • set and dress hair
  • cut hair using basic techniques
  • colour and lighten hair
  • advise and consult with clients
  • shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • develop and maintain your effectiveness at work


Examination arrangements

Includes 5 external exam papers. 4 -6 internal observations and a portfolio of evidence.



This course enables the student to become a State Registered Graduate Hairdresser with The Hair Council. As a Junior stylist/hairdresser learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:-

  • Commercial hairdressing salon
  • Independent / self-employed / mobile / home based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training, television, film, theatre and media
  • Armed services
  • Cruise liners
  • Hospital / Care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing an advanced apprenticeship or Level 3

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Women’s hairdressing

VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing



BTEC Level 3 Health and Social Care

The BTEC Health and Social Care course is designed to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding that underpin the National Occupational Standards in Health and Social Care. The course will prepare learners for employment in the sectors or for higher education.

We offer two  qualifications at The Arnewood School:

> Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Certificate in Health and Social Care (equivalent to an AS over 1 year).

> Edexcel BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care (equivalent to one A Level over 2 years).

Year 12 

Two mandatory units:

> Human Lifespan Development

> Meeting Individual Care and Support Needs

Year 13

One mandatory unit Working in Health & Social Care

Two optional units out of:

> Psychological Perspectives

> Sociological Perspectives

> Physiological Disorders & their Care

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above which should include English.

Examination arrangements and weightings

For both courses there is 50% external assessment in the form of examinations along with 50% internal assessment in the form of coursework. The unit grades are awarded: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Recommended support materials and revision guides

The course follows the Edexcel syllabus for which the department provides the appropriate books and other resources in our classroom.


What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

BTEC Health and Social Care provides an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue careers in any area of the health professions including nursing, midwifery, occupational health, social care work with the elderly and people with physical and mental disabilities and working with young children in the preschool and nursery sector as well as teaching.

BTEC Health & Social Care – Transition