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Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing

Key course information

Hair and Beauty


1 year

Full Time

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Course Overview

Are you ready to kickstart your career in hairdressing? This Level 2 course will give you a solid foundation in essential hairdressing skills and knowledge. You’ll learn and work in the Aspire Academy of Hair and Beauty, the College’s own salon located at our Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury campuses. The salons feature professional products and industry-standard equipment; you’ll experience a realistic and immersive working environment while being fully supported by our experienced lecturers. In our salons you will work with members of the general public who are paying clients, giving you an incredible insight into the real world of work – both on reception and in the salon itself.

What will I learn?

While on this course, you’ll learn a wide range of practical topics that you’ll use throughout your career in hairdressing. This includes:

• Principles of hairdressing and barbering services
• Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
• Style, set and dress hair
• Cut hair using basic techniques
• Colour and lighten hair

The hairdressing department works with local employers to enrich your experience on the course. You will participate in structured work experience or work placements within their businesses, as well as exciting and unique lectures on specialist topics given by industry experts.

Entry Requirements

• 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) or above, including English and maths, or Level 1 Hair and Beauty.
• A good reference.
• A good record of attendance.
• An interview.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

To achieve this qualification, you must successfully complete the following assessments:
• One externally set, externally moderated practical assignment
• One externally set, externally marked theory exam

A minimum of three hours per week of home study is required and 30 hours of work experience.

You will be assessed while working on clients in the Aspire salons throughout the duration of the course.

The final qualification is a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing.

Additional Costs and Information

You will need a uniform and kit for this course – this will be discussed at your interview. In cases of financial hardship, funds may be available to help with the cost of this.

We also arrange 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

After completing this qualification, you could enter the world of work as a junior hairdresser.Alternatively, you could progress onto a Level 3 Technical Diploma in Hairdressing, or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing. This will allow you to enhance the skills and knowledge you have gained at Level 2, progress into senior job roles and choose from a wider range of careers.

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