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Start / End Time
10:00am - 4:15pm
33 Weeks
Milnthorpe Road Campus

Barbering, Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

Thanks in some part to the growth in celebrity culture and the rise of social influencers, the UK Hair & Beauty industry is now worth an astounding £6.2 billion.

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Course Overview

This is a vocational based qualification; you will study both the practical and theory side of women's hairdressing. It will provide you with a wide range of skills and knowledge, you will be able to work competently progressing straight into the hairdressing industry.

Your practical skills will be supported by underpinning knowledge; this will be conducted by written and oral tests and research workshops. You will be provided with the opportunity to build portfolios of evidence for progression in your future career and on to a higher level of qualification.

You will also be encouraged and required to develop your interpersonal skills and work as part of a team, you will be involved in hairdressing competitions.

On this NVQ Level 2 qualification you will learn and develop a wide range of different skills within each of the following units:

- Advise and consult with clients
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
- Style and finish hair
- Set and dress hair
- Cut hair using basic techniques
- Colour and lighten hair
- Plait and twist hair
- Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
- Fulfil salon reception duties

Assessments are carried out over the course of the study programme and will include:
- Written tests for each unit
- Observations of practical assessments
- Building up your own personal portfolio
- Oral questions

Entry Requirements

If you are creative, like working with people, and would like to develop your skills, then this could be your pathway to success. Never has there been so many exciting possibilities at the cutting edge of the fashion, style and grooming industry.

You will need to be able to commit to the course and be able to work with others as part of a team and communicate with both clients and colleagues within a practical salon environment.

It is recommended you have a minimum of one day's work experience a week in a salon.

After Your Course

The qualification and the experience you gain on the course will provide you with the competence and the confidence to find employment in the hair and beauty industry. Employment may be found in salons either locally, or further afield. You may also continue with your studies and progress on to the Level 3 NVQ Diploma or an NVQ level 3 apprenticeship.

With wider experience you could progress onto being a senior stylist or salon manager. By taking suitable further qualifications, you could move into training or assessing. Other options include wig making, training in make-up techniques and working in the theatre, film and television industries.



The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses and per course for part-time courses.

There may be other costs associated with this course, e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.

Courses fees

The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2024/25 academic year.

Entry Level, Level 1 & Level 2 Courses

You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a government-funded qualification if any of the below apply to you:

  • Receive an eligible means-tested benefit, e.g. JSA, ESA or Universal Credit
  • Have an annual salary of less than £25,000
  • Are aged 16-18 on 31/08/24 and are not studying at another school/college
  • Do not already have a level 1, 2 or 3 qualification
  • Have a household income under £35,000 and are in financial hardship

See the Student Money pages for more information.