Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing – Level 2

Study Area: 16-18 & 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

Course Overview

A perfect step-up from the Level 1 Hairdressing VRQ or the Introductory to Hairdressing & Barbering course.


The course is taught 2 days a week over a 36 week period (for 19+), 16-18s will attend at least 16 hours per week plus maths and English if not already achieved a GCSE grade C/4 or above


This course is designed for those who wish to learn the art of hairdressing and discover how to recreate styles seen on the catwalk and on your favourite celebrities. You will create an image based on a theme of your choice.

During the course you will learn, practice and perform on paying clients, a variety of treatments. All learners will be encouraged to use their own initiative and work more independently, whilst building their confidence and communication skills.

All learners will work to industry standards. And you will have the opportunity to engage in one week’s work experience in industry.

Students aged 16 – 18 will complete Functional Skills dependent on your GCSE grades and take part in work related activity.

Units covered:

  • Shampoo & Condition Hair – apply all types of shampoo and conditioning products, suing various massage techniques
  • Style & Finish – working on different hair lengths you will use various tools and blow drying techniques to straighten and smooth the hair, create volume and curl
  • Change Hair Colour – you will learn to apply a re-growth and full head application of permanent colour and application of woven highlights
  • Set & Dress Hair – use various types of setting and dressing techniques to create rolled effects, smooth effects and curled effects
  • Cut Hair Using Basic Techniques – one length, layered and graduated cuts, including scissor over comb

Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants must possess Level 1 Hairdressing or 4 GCSEs at grade D/grade 3 or above to include Maths and English.

All will be invited to attend an admissions event which will assess dexterity, literacy and numeracy and you will be expected to demonstrate enthusiasm, commitment and good communication skills.


On completion, you will be able to progress on to either the Level 3 VRQ in Hairdressing or the Advanced Apprenticeship to further develop your skills to become a first class Hairdresser.

Assessment Methods

The course is based on development and assessment of practical skills and current industry knowledge based on an APL skills test and interview.

Applicants must be prepared to work one day per week in industry and one separate block week during the course.

Course Fees

This course is free for students age 16 – 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team on 01422 399367 for more information.

Diploma in Women’s Hairdressing – Level 2

Study Area: 16-18 & 19+
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
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