Qualification: 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.

Alongside theory classes you will learn practical skills in our commercial hair salon, Kudos, where you will work with real paying customers.

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 A*-C/9-4 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

  • Create a hair and beauty image using colour
  • Follow health and safety in a salon
  • Customer service skills
  • Promote hair and beauty products
  • Design a retail display area in the salon
  • Skin, hand and nail care
  • Blow-dry hair
  • Winding skills
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Plaiting hair
  • Colour hair using temporary hair colour

Year 2

  • Create an image based on a theme
  • Working in the hair industry
  • Health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client and customer skills
  • Create and maintain a retail display area
  • Prepare for job interviews
  • Promote and sell products and services
  • Blow-dry and finish hair
  • Winding techniques
  • Shampoo and treat hair
  • Colour hair using semi-permanent colour
  • Clipper cutting techniques for men’s hair
  • Cutting techniques for women’s hair

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.


100% coursework / practical

Entry requirements

Direct Entry to year 2

  • 4 GCSEs grade A*–D/9–3 (including English and maths, science is also preferred) OR
  • Level 1 Diploma in Hair or Beauty (including level 1 functional skills)

Entry to year 1

  • GCSEs grade D/3 or below 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
03/09/18 1 or 2 years Main
What next?
  • Technical Diploma in Hair, Barbering or Beauty
  • Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Entry level employment in Hairdressing or Barbering
Additional information

Trips, visits & activities

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