Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing

Start date(s):
11 Sep 2017
1 year
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
19+ - Free or £764


This course will ensure you are prepared for working in a customer based, fast paced environment. You will develop your hairdressing skills in our on-site salon, and get hands-on experience of working with real clients.
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You will undertake the appropriate forms of theoretical and practical study to develop the skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. This will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external placement.


This course is suited to those who have some previous experience in the hairdressing and barbering industry, and want to progress to Junior Stylist.
Mandatory units include:
  • Ensure your actions reduce health and safety risks
  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Provide a positive impression
  • Style and finish hair
  • Set and dress hair.

Optional units include:
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Plait and twist hair
  • Fulfil salon reception duties
  • Perming.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


1pm - 6.45pm
*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assessed through oral questioning, assignments, written tests, and observation of your practical performance.

Maths and English

If you are 16-18 years old you will need to continue studying maths and English if you have not met the below criteria. If you are over 19, you are not required to do further Maths or English, maths and English skills will be embedded into the main qualification and throughout external placements so that all learners continue to work towards them.

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university. If you have not achieved a new grade 9-4 or do not hold an A* to C in GCSE maths or English, your study programme at college will include teaching that will support you to progress your skills in these subjects. If you achieved a grade 3 or hold a D in either maths or English, you will re-sit your GCSE qualification with us. If your grade was lower than a 3, or your qualification is below a D, you will study Functional Skills to enhance your maths and English skills. Even if you have already achieved a grade 4 or above, or hold a A* to C, we will continue to develop your skills and help you progress further.

Hairdressers are required to have basic maths and English skills to work in the industry. English is used to ensure manufacturer's instructions for products and risk assessments are fully understood – this is vital for following Health and Safety regulations. It is important to learn and understand new terminology when completing in-depth treatment consultation forms with paying clients. In this customer focused industry, communication skills are essential for providing excellent customer service. Maths will be used in most reception duties, including: working out appointment times, calculating monetary takings, and working out discounts. Percentages will also be used when preparing products for treatments.

Industry links:

This course will prepare you for working within the beauty industry by providing opportunities to attend workshops and seminars by industry professionals. It is taught by industry experts, and offers learners the opportunity to enter regional and national hairdressing and barbering competitions. Visit AHT and Wella for more information and details on professional products.

You could progress to Level 3 Hairdressing full or part-time at New College Durham.

Alternatively, you could seek employment or self-employment as a stylist.

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Additional Costs

You will need to purchase the following:
  • Female uniform £48.00
  • Male uniform £32
  • Hairdressing kit
  • Locker £5 (refundable)
  • Stationary

There will be trips and visits which may also come at a fee.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to a one-to-one interview with one of our team members to discuss your suitability to the course.

Entry Criteria

You will be required to have previous experience working in a hairdressing environment. If you do not possess a Level 1 or 2 qualification in hairdressing, you will take a mandatory skills test.