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Hairdressing – Adult Level 2

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About the course

This one-year course prepares you for a career in the hairdressing industry. You will build your knowledge of the underlying principles and practical skills, and also study the everyday aspects of running a hairdressing business. Your skills will be developed through working in a real-life salon environment at The Retreat, with practical assessments on members of the public. You will also be expected to complete written assignments and online exams. The course allows you to show off your creativity and flair and includes colouring, cutting, shampooing, and conditioning, consultation, styling, and dressing hair. You will also study aspects of health and safety, reception, and customer service. All students also take part in hair competitions. You will need to purchase a uniform and a kit – these are required for all practical sessions and assessments.

Topics and units

– Working in the hair industry
– Health and safety
– Client consultation
– Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
– Promote products and services
– Cut women’s hair
– Colour and lighten hair
– Perm and neutralise hair
– The art of dressing hair
– Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
– Reception duties

Work placement opportunities:
Regis, KLF, Sweetcheeks, Rizzo’s

Careers and progression

Progressing to: Level 3 hairdressing, or jobs as junior stylist, receptionist, or self-employment.
Aspirational careers: Senior roles at hair and beauty wholesalers, or top hair brands such as Wella, L’Oreal, and Matrix. Salon owners, spa managers, salon manager and education.

Entry requirements

GCSEs grades 3 or above including English or maths

Additional information

Students will have opportunties to attend enrichment including trips, visits and talks from guest speakers. Students will be expected to work in the commerical salons and reception during salon days

All students will need to arrange and attend work experience – related to hairdressing.

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Part time


1 year

Start date



Haybridge Road


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Upcoming events

Open event
19 June 2024
5.00pm — 7.30pm
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Taster Event – Step into Health and Social Care for Care Leavers
24 June 2024
10.00am — 12.00pm
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Taster Event – HND Healthcare Professions’ Support
25 June 2024
6.00pm — 8.00pm
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