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Hairdressing (Level 2)

This intermediate study programme will focus on the development of the underlying principles and practical skills required in the hairdressing industry, and will prepare you for progression onto higher level study. You will learn how to consult with clients and promote products and services, along with developing a variety of hairdressing techniques.


I’ve always had a passion for hairdressing. While I was at school I started working as a Junior in a salon, which I am still doing now alongside College. It works both ways because I teach them new up-to-date ways of doing things that I have learnt in lessons, and they teach me their different techniques.

My favourite parts of the programme, alongside getting to know and working with the clients, are the cutting, colouring and foils. The facilities here at BROOKS are great. We go over to the main site for one of our theory lessons, but are mostly based here at the salon.

There are lots of opportunities at College; on the Level 3 programme you get the opportunity to work here at the salon while you learn. I want to do that and then work in another salon for three to four years before going freelance and hopefully having my own salon one day.

I’d definitely recommend the College to others. It gets you ready for the workplace and the tutors are always here to help if you get stuck. They are all Hairdressers themselves, so they know what you are going through and are very helpful.

Emily - Hairdressing Level 2

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 year 
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 ideally including English & maths OR 
  • Hairdressing at Level 1 

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in hairdressing 
  • Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience  will be considered

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Working in hairdressing
    • Maintaining health and safety in the salon
    • Client consultation services
    • Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
    • Cutting women's hair
    • Styling and dressing women's hair
    • Colouring hair
    • Perming and neutralising hair
    • Promoting products and services to clients
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills

Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed by your tutors in the College's salons. It must be stressed that full commitment is essential for success, and you will be required to pass written end of unit assessment papers set by the awarding body, as well as unit assignments.


Hairdressing City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress to further study in a relevant subject. Alternatively you can choose to take an Apprenticeship in hairdressing, or seek employment as a junior stylist in a range of professional establishments.

Additional information

We regard good appearance, conduct and attitude as an essential and ongoing part of the course, and you will be required to wear the designated uniform and adhere to professional codes of appearance and conduct at all time. During the course you may be required to participate as a model for services by your peers. 

You will be required to purchase a uniform for £25 and personal equipment for £220, plus pay for trips/visits at a cost of £25.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ108

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