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Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing (Adult Course)


This course is suitable for students aged 19 and over.

This practical qualification is a great stepping stone to launching your career in the industry.

You will develop your skills across a range of techniques such as cutting, colouring, perming, and hair styling.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

The course takes place at St Helens College, Town Centre Campus, Water Street, St Helens, WA10 1PP.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following units:

  • The art of dressing hair
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Health and safety practice in the salon
  • Cutting women's hair
  • Colouring and lightening hair
  • Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Working in the hair industry

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of practical assessments, and external set written examinations.

There will be graded assessments set internally to complete each unit and an external synoptic assessment, which will be set and examined by the warding body.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should be able to demonstrate your passion and enthusiasm for working in the industry and previous experience within a hairdressing salon is desirable but not essential.

What are the course fees?

Course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For further details, please visit our financial support pages.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Students who complete this course are eligible to become a graduate State Registered Hairdresser (SRH) with The Hairdressing Council.

There are a range of career opportunities as a Junior Hairdresser/Stylist, within areas such as:

  • Commercial hair salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings

Students will also have the opportunity to develop their skills further by undertaking more advanced qualifications, including:

  • Level 2 Certificate in Barbering
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

Alternatively, you may wish to explore other career opportunities within the industry such as beauty therapy, makeup artistry and nail technology.

I'm interested in this course, what should I do next?

If you would like to submit an application to study this course, simply fill in our online form here.

However, if you still have questions in relation to this course and wish to receive further information, please submit your enquiry here.

Programmes funded by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority's Adult Education Budget are available to study here. Please visit Student Services for further information about the financial support available to you.

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“Being able to practise my skills on paying clients has given me the confidence to secure an apprenticeship working in a local salon.”

Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies

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Why study Hairdressing and Barbering with us?

Real Experience

Practise your skills and knowledge by cutting, colouring and styling paying customers' hair.

Extensive Courses

We have a diverse range of courses with excellent progression opportunities.

Experienced Tutors

Tutors have industry experience and a passion for the subjects they teach.

Industry Competitions

Stand out from the crowd with prestigious competitions such as WorldSkills and AHT.

Creative Environment

Develop your creativity and skills in our modern, commercial hairdressing salon, The Lounge.

Latest Brands

You will work with the latest salon brands such as L’Oréal and OSMO.