Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma
Level 2

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About this course

The first year of this course is a great introduction to the hair and beauty sector. In the second year, you will specialise in hairdressing with a combination of practical and theory based topics to give you a range of skills required for working in the industry.

The course can be completed over 1 or 2 years depending on your grades which will be discussed at your interview.

Full-time students aged 16-18 will follow a study programme at City College which includes:

  • The main subject qualification
  • Work experience which is effective, relevant, and includes careers fairs, site visits, guest speakers and introduces you to the expectations of the real demands of work
  • English and maths, where students have not yet achieved a GCSE grade 9-4/A*-C in these subjects by age 16
  • Additional activities, such as tutorials and work-related learning, to help further develop the personal skills relevant to your progression goals

These four elements should combine to provide stretch and challenge to prepare you for progression to employment or further study.

What you will learn

Year 1

  • Shampoo and condition the hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Plaiting and twisting hair
  • Create a hair and beauty image
  • Salon reception duties
  • Working with others in the hair and beauty sector
  • The art of dressing hair
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Health and safety in the salon

Year 2

  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Cut women’s hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Cut men’s hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty industry
  • Health and safety in the salon

At the end of the first year of study you will gain a level 1 Foundation Diploma qualification. In order to progress to the second year you will need to pass the first year of study.


Training at City College will give you a huge advantage as you will learn in our purpose built hair and beauty salon, Kudos. You will learn with industry standard equipment working under supervision with real, paying clients to give you a wealth of experience.


Hairdressing Level 2 Assessment

Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade 4/C or above (including English and maths, science is also preferred)


  • Level 1 Diploma in Hair or Beauty (including level 1 functional skills)

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade 2/E or above OR
  • Entry level certificate

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto this course.

Dates, times & fees
Start Date Course Times Duration Campus Fees
01/09/20 1 or 2 years Main campus
What next?
  • Level 3 Hairdressing
  • Level 3 Make-Up
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Barbering
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

  • Guest speakers
  • Entry to industry competitions
  • Industry week activities
  • Work experience

Course costs

We strive to source the best value kits for all our hairdressing courses (approx. £172). The kit itself contains everything you will need to embark on a career in hairdressing.

Consumables of £30 will have to be paid at first session of the course.

Due to health and safety regulations you will also be required to purchase and wear in all practical sessions a full uniform which consists of the following: tunic, trousers and closed toed shoes. Please note that these are purchased through the college suppliers to ensure a high standard of presentation in our Kudos Hair and Beauty Salons.