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Qualification type City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate
Duration 1 year
Study times

You will be expected to be in college for a minimum of 3 days per week, from 9:15 to 4:00. Your timetable will be confirmed at induction.

Entry requirements

Entry by interview. Applicants will have completed Level 1 in Hairdressing or Barbering, but we will also consider students who have achieved grade 4 and above in English and Maths, and minimum of one other subject at grade 4 and above. Applicants that are 19+ do not require previous qualifications but will need an interview to assess suitability. 


The Academy of Hair and Beauty, West Suffolk College Sixth Form campus, Bury St Edmunds 

Work placements Yes

Is it for me?

If you have already completed your Level 1 qualification in hairdressing or are looking for an opportunity that will inspire your artistry, flair and creative skills, this could be the next step for you. This is the first of two years training to be a fully qualified hairdresser. This course sits alongside our Level 2 Hairdressing in Colouring and Perming and completing both will fully qualify you as a hairdresser or allow you to progress onto the Level 3 qualification. 


This course covers all the skills learners require to become a professional colourist in the hairdressing industry. There are both theory and practical elements studied in a commercial salon, allowing you to gain experience in a real working environment. 


You will get the opportunity to take part in local and national competitions, to visit trade shows, and experience training from industry leaders. Our Hairdressing department is recognised by both World Skills UK and the Fellowship of British Hairdressing as a Centre for Excellence, highlighting the world class expertise we deliver to our students. Join us to become a high-performing hairdresser and develop ambition, resilience, teamwork and curiosity to exceed in your career. 

What you'll learn

  • Principles and practices of hairdressing services 

  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 

  • Cutting hair using basic techniques 

  • Styling and finishing techniques  

  • Plaiting and twisting the hair 

  • Working safely in the salon 

Equipment required for the course

Upon enrolment for this course, learners will receive order forms that list all the equipment, tools and uniform requirements of the course. The uniform will consist of black tailored trousers, smart leggings, a tunic top, plain black cardigan and flat black closed toe shoes.  


An equipment list will include all electrical equipment, combs, brushes, hair pieces and scissors needed, including a kit bag. Learners will be required to purchase tuition/mannequin heads that will be used to learn all the practical skills for hairdressing and have access to the recommended textbook that supports the knowledge delivered for this course.  

At the start of the academic year, you may also need to consider an additional cost for membership to The Fellowship for British Hairdressing, trips and activities throughout the year. 


Approx cost kit: £400 

Approx cost uniform: £25 

Work experience placements

Learners are required to find a work placement in a salon for at least one day per week, which will build relationships in the industry and could lead to employment in the future. 


This course is practically assessed on a unit-by-unit basis working on live models, with oral assessment used to support practical and written evidence. The second term has a synoptic practical assessment, with live models, this covers practical skills and behaviours of a hairdresser. There will also be an end of course exam this covers theory. You will be graded Pass/Merit/Distinction/Distinction*. 

Further study

  • Hairdressing - Colouring Perming and Styling Services Technical Certificate Level 2 

  • Hairdressing Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3 

  • Media Make-up and Hair Artistry Advanced Technical Diploma Level 3 

  • Apprenticeship

Example careers

  • Hairdresser
  • Senior Stylist
  • Freelance Stylist
  • Salon Owner
  • Colour Technician
  • Colour Specialist

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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