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Technical Certificate in Hairdressing (Level 2)

Key course information

Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing aims to provide you with a range of essential practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing industry. The skills include carrying out services such as shampooing, conditioning, styling, dressing and setting hair, cutting and colouring.

What will I learn?

This qualification covers a very wide range of practical skills and knowledge required for working in the hairdressing industries. Students will learn about the principles of hairdressing and barbering services, how to shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, style set and dress hair, cut hair using basic techniques and colour and lighten hair.

Entry Requirements

To enrol you must have 4 GCSEs at grade D (3) or above, including English and maths (or equivalent) or Beauty Therapy Level 1.

Your application will need to be supported by a reference, good record of attendance and an interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

To gain this qualification, you must successfully achieve one externally set, externally moderated practical assignment and one externally set, externally marked theory exam. A minimum of three hours a week home study is required and 30 hours of work experience.

You will be assessed working on clients in the Aspire Academy of Hair & Beauty salons throughout the duration of the course.

Additional Costs and Information

A kit and uniform will be required for students, which will be discussed in more detail at interview.
In cases of financial hardship funds may be available to help with the cost of this.
The department also arranges educational activities and competitions as part of the course which may incur an additional cost.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies

Career Opportunities

  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Salon Manager

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Therapist
  • Make-up Artist

58% of people working in hairdressing and barbering are self-employed

61% of people working in beauty are aged 16 – 34

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