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In Short

Students studying on this course will work as a hairdresser in the College salon, which is open to the public and be expected to work in a selected salon in the area for a variety of work experience. Participation in local and regional competitions is highly recommended, and a visit to the Salon International exhibition will be expected.

Entry Requirements

Selection is by interview. You must have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at Grade 3 (D) or above to include English and Maths, Science would be an advantage. All applicants will be required to continue to work towards obtaining English and maths at Grade 4 as well as being committed to improving your own skills and willing to work as part of a team.


Course Content

You will study the following:

  • Follow Health and Safety practice in the salon
  • Working in the hair industry
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampoo & condition the hair and scalp
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Perm and neutralise hair
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Provide scalp massage services
  • Plaiting and twisting hair


How will I be assessed?

You will cover the theoretical and practical work necessary for each unit; this will be tested through online testing with the awarding body and practical assessment. Assessment is continuous throughout the year and will take place within a realistic working environment and assignments.



On completion of this course you could gain employment in a salon at junior stylist level or progress to an Advanced Apprenticeship programme. Progression to the Level 3 course is recommended to advance your skills and widen your career opportunities.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You should set aside approximately £350 for equipment including text books. There will be an additional cost for correct footwear and uniform.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee.  If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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