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10:30am - 4:30pm
33 Weeks
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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. Fancy getting in on the action?

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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.

All students interested in this course should contact the course tutor prior to enrolment:

Course Tutor: Abigail Higham


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.



Course fees are per year. There may also be additional costs associated with the course (please see the course overview).

Student Finance
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on specific criteria. The main student finance package for full-time students includes a tuition fee loan and maintenance loan for living costs. Part-time students can access a tuition fee loan to pay for your course.

Generally, you will only get student finance if you’re doing your first degree-level qualification. This is true even if your previous course was self-funded.

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Access to Learning Fund
The Access to Learning Fund is a non-repayable discretionary fund that gives students facing hardship extra financial support to access and remain in higher education. This can is accessed via the college. Contact Student Services for more information: / 01539 814700