Qualification: Level 2 Diploma

Course starts: September 2020

Age groups

19+, Adult

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This course will enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental skills – including colouring, cutting and treatments – that are essential for a nationally recognised qualification in hairdressing. You’ll be taught in our state-of-the-art Opus Salon, with specialist equipment and reception area, enabling you to gain valuable experience with real clients. As part of the course, students are able to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities and community projects, including Totton Carnival.

Entry requirements

Three GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) and above, including maths and English, or a Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing. Learners who do not have grade 4 or above in English and maths study them alongside their course.

These entry requirements are flexible and can be discussed.

What will I learn?

You’ll gain expertise in techniques such as colouring, cutting, perming and dressing hair, gaining the qualifications you need to carry out hairdressing services. By the end of the course, you’ll understand more about the hairdressing industry and be ready for work:

  • Learn the techniques for colouring and perming hair
  • Develop your cutting and dressing hair skills
  • Enhance your dexterity
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of hair styling and treatments


  • Working in the hair and beauty industry
  • Follow health and safety
  • Client care and communication
  • Shampoo and condition
  • Cut women’s hair
  • Cut men’s hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Create an image based on a theme


You’ll be assessed through a combination of written, oral, practical and online assessments.

Enrichment opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and community projects are included, for example Totton Carnival.

Career and progression

You can progress to a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing, which is highly desirable within the hair industry.

Additional costs

A kit and a uniform will need to be purchased. Ask for details.