Hairdressing Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB002
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

This is a Level 2 Hairdressing programme that will develop your hairdressing skills enabling you to be job ready for the hairdressing industry. Learners will gain professional skills in the areas of cutting, colouring and styling hair.

You will benefit from working in our commercial Hair & Beauty Salon, Academy, located on campus.  Working alongside level 3 learners, mirroring a real high street salon environment.  You will work with the industry leading brands of Wella, Kerastraight, Olaplex and be guided by our tutors who have a wealth of industry experience, skills and knowledge.You will be introduced to a wide range of skills that you will acquire over the year, in particular colouring and lightening hair, styling, setting and finishing hair and learn a variety of cutting techniques.

You will also have the opportunity of a 30 day work placement within a commercial salon, giving you great experience and provide a boost to your CV.

In addition you will take part in enrichment trips in particular attending HJ Live North Show in Manchester, where you will view new techiques and gain tips from the best hairdressers in the industry by watching their seminars and shows.  Plus you can get up to speed with all the lastest hairdressing and styling products.

What will I study?

The study programme will cover mandatory and optional units which will give you professional skills ready for the world of work in this industry. Mandatory units include:

Advising & consulting with clients 
Shampooing & conditioning plus hair and scalp treatments
Styling, finishing and setting hair 
Hair colouring techniques including lightening.
A variety of hair cutting techniques.

Entry Requirements

For students leaving school you will need two GCSEs at grade C / 4  or above, a suitable reference from your tutor, evidence of good attendance and punctuality and a commitment to succeed.

For mature learners (19+) you will need to display commitment to learn and achieve.

To success  full attendance is required at all times.


How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments on models in realistic working environments with industrial timings. Theory assessments can be online or paper based.

What can I do next?

You will be able to progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing if you are successful with your studies.

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Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.