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Hair and Beauty

Hairdressing Level 2 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will commence in September 2024 and will run for one year.

Entry requirements

  • Three GCSEs at grade 3 or above plus English at grade 4 or above OR Level 1 Hairdressing (NVQ).

You will achieve

You will achieve Level 2 Hairdressing

Course overview

We’re pretty sure that you know exactly what a hairdresser is. Also known as hairstylists, they specialise in cutting, colouring and styling people’s hair in a way that complements their features such as skin complexion and face shape in order to enhance their overall appearance.

There is so much more to being a hairdresser than just cutting or styling hair. The basic hairdresser job description includes responsibilities beyond hair treatments such as maintaining the cleanliness of the salon and equipment, looking after the inventory of hair products, collecting payments and ensuring that the clients receive exemplary customer service in an orderly and timely manner.

Most hairdressers possess a vast range of skills, but some might choose to specialise in particular treatments and styling techniques. Choosing a specific area of expertise could help you stand out from other hairstylists and put you in higher demand as a consequence. Some of the treatments that aren’t usually considered to be standard include the following:

Specific colouring techniques e.g. balayage
Artificial hair extensions and weaves
Chemical relaxing / keratin straightening
Traditional or modern perms
Hair extension styling
Occasion styling e.g. weddings
Scalp treatment
Hot oil treatment
Detox treatment
Hair glossing

Become part of the glamorous Hair and Beauty industry by getting hands-on on one of our hairdressing courses. This qualification is suitable for you if you want to increase your skills and knowledge to become a great hairdresser.

Course content

Become part of the glamorous hair and beauty industry by getting hands-on experience. 

This qualification is ideal if you want to increase your skills and knowledge to become a great Hairdresser. It will give you skills in a variety of hairdressing techniques plus areas including health and safety, salon reception duties and how to promote additional products or services to clients.

Course themes:

  • Cutting techniques
  • Colouring techniques
  • Shampooing and conditioning (hair and scalp)
  • Styling and finishing using a variety of techniques 
  • Plaiting and twisting hair 

  • Online assessments are required to be completed for each unit throughout the course
  • You will have practical assessments to complete for each unit
  • You will require some paying clients to complete practical assessments, which must be sourced by yourself

  • You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit. All kits are compulsory to attend and achieve the qualification. Further information will be provided at interview
  • Stationery including files, dividers, pens and USB stick

You will progress to Hairdressing Level 3

See what careers are available in the Hair and Beauty sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and Maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and Maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and Maths we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level Maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme.

If you need any further information, please contact our friendly Information Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Hairdressing Level 2 Full-time

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