This course provides you with the advanced knowledge and skills required for a career in hairdressing. You will research all the possible career pathways in the industry and develop the practical skills needed for you to progress. The course is taught in our state-of-the-art Opus Salon, which enables you to work with real clients and gain valuable industry experience. The course covers advanced techniques in cutting, colouring and colour correction, creative styling and customer service skills, as well as an exciting range of extra-curricular activities and community projects.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English and Maths, and a completed an NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing qualification or equivalent industry experience.

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

Work Experience

You’ll take part in 60 hours’ work experience during the year in a relevant placement.


Monitor and maintain health and safety practices in the salon

Consultation support for colleagues on hair services

Cut women’s hair to create a variety of looks

Style and dress hair using a variety of techniques

Creative hairdressing design skills

Hair colour correction

Men’s hair cutting

Colour hair to create a variety of looks

These units are subject to change.


You will be assessed through a combination of portfolio evidence, practical tests, and either knowledge and understanding tasks or an online test.

Enrichment Opportunities

Extra-curricular activities and community projects will be included, for example at Totton Carnival.

Career and Progression

You can progress to university and continue to develop your skills. If you’d rather start your career, this internationally-recognised qualification will allow you to work in salons and spas, as well as on cruise ships or contracts in the Caribbean, Canada, UAE and Europe.

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