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Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing)
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2 years

Working in a salon you will learn job specific skills, earn a wage and attend College once a week to gain your qualification. Working in a service industry, you will meet new people and build up regular clients providing services such as colouring, cutting and styling hair.

What will I learn?

Examples of mandatory Level 2 units include:

  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques

You will also learn professionalism and values, behaviours and communication, safe working practices and consultation.

There is also a wide range of optional units across Level 2 such as perming hair, hair relaxing treatments and hair extension services.

How will I be taught?

You will visit College one day per week for theory and practical delivery and the rest of your hours (which generally includes a Saturday) will be spent in the workplace. You will be taught by tutors who have close links to the industry and the skills to support your training. There will be practical demonstrations, workshops and classroom activities with an opportunity to work on clients. You will explore the underpinning knowledge of how the hair grows and reacts to chemical services. Practical sessions will start in workshops where you will be taught the necessary skills for working on clients in our commercial salon.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams
  • Online multiple choice tests
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Written assignments
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Class activities/discussions

As part of the standard, you will also be expected to complete an end point assessment.

What can I do next?

The Level 2 apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress onto further qualifications in the hairdressing industry. You could also progress onto a Barbering apprenticeship.

Is there anything else I need to know?

The hairdressing industry is competitive and relies on repeat customers. To be successful you will need the following: appropriate personal presentation, good social and organisational skills, an amicable nature, good sense of humour, willingness to work flexible hours/days and good communication skills. 

You will need to wear your salon uniform when attending college.

Entry Requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. You will need to have good people, dexterity and communication skills as well as a desire to work professionally with the general public.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

Any questions? Just ask!

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