Hairdressing student cutting hair in a salon

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

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The Level 2 Hairdressing course is designed for students who are new to the industry and have little or no experience of hairdressing and barbering. The qualification provides the necessary skills and knowledge that will allow you to enter employment in the hairdressing sector. It is a practical qualification, so you will get a thorough grounding in all the skill areas by a qualified tutor. 

Training takes place in our on-site salon, Salon HQ which will give your the opportunity to gain valuable work experience whilst you learn.

You will be assessed throughout the course to check on your progress in a variety of ways. This includes observations, oral questions and online tests.



  • Style and finish hair
  • Style, set and dress hair
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp


  • Cut men’s hair using basic techniques

Who is the course for?

  • People aged 16 – 18
  • People aged up to 24 who declare a disability and have an EHC Plan
  • 19+

Entry requirements

  • For students with fewer than five GCSEs grades A*-C, or an equivalent qualification at Level 1.
  • Working towards or have achieved Level 1 in English
  • Already gained qualifications in Level 1 Hairdressing
  • Personal commitment and the ability to work as part of a team


When does the course run?

September 2020

Study Programme

If you are aged 16 – 18 or up to 24, declare a disability and have an EHC Plan this course will form part of your study programme.

The programme also includes:

  • English & Maths
  • Citizenship & Employability
  • Work Experience or Placement
  • Enrichment
  • 1-to-1 Personal Tutor Sessions

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Course Fees

Courses are free for all students aged 16 – 18 (or up to 24 if you declare a disability and have an Education, Health & Care Plan).

For people aged 19+ the course fee is £3345. You may be eligible for fee remission. See Money Matters for details.