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Hairdressing Level 2 NVQ at Eastleigh College

Course description

This is an approved qualification for working as a junior hairdresser. It provides a sound platform for further learning or training. The qualification will provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as a junior stylist.

Level 2 Hairdressing is a highly practical one year programme, underpinned with the theoretical knowledge required for you to work safely in the salon and understand the basics of hairdressing skills.

Course content

You will learn how to

  • advise and consult with clients
  • shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • change hair colour
  • cut hair using basic techniques
  • style and finish hair
  • set and dress hair
  • salon health and safety
  • provide customers with a positive experience
  • promote additional services and products.

You will mainly learn through practical demonstrations, completing tasks on your head block and working in the Colleges salons.

There will be a dedicated theory session to ensure you gain all the knowledge outcomes required. Tutorial sessions are designed to track your progress.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in trips to trade shows and short industry-based courses.

Entry requirements

  • You will require a minimum of 4 GCSE grades at A*-D including English, Maths and Science, or successful achievement of Level 1 Hairdressing.
  • You will need to complete a successful interview in College demonstrating interest and commitment to study and any numeracy or literacy tests required such as BKSB.
  • Good attendance and attainment reports from school or college are required.
  • A neat and tidy appearance with a sympathetic nature and desire to help clients is essential.


You will be supervised by technical staff and assessed on your competence. Together with your assessor, you will build a portfolio that will be a mix of theoretical evidence, exam results and practical observations. It must show achievement of all learning outcomes, assessment criteria and range as set out by the awarding body.

Assessments are through observations, witness statements, audio-visual media, written questions, oral questions, assignments and case studies.

Attendance in the College per week is 16 hours for your vocational programme. It is expected that you will complete some of the theoretical evidence required at home.

On completion of Level 2, you will be interviewed and trade tested to check suitability of progression to Level 3.

Your attendance and behaviour will also be a deciding factor towards your progression options.

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For the first lesson you will require paper, pens/pencils and an A4 ring binder for theory notes. Access to a camera required to produce evidence for assignments.

You are required to wear a uniform for practical sessions; this is a tunic with black trousers and flat shoes. The College will provide you with details about where you can purchase this.

A basic kit of tools is also required to allow you to practice at home and in College.

Additionally, fees may be charged for trips or industry qualifications offered during Industry Week.

Future opportunities

Those students wishing to study more advanced colour work, cutting and restyling can apply for progression onto Level 3 Hairdressing or other related programmes such as Level 2 Beauty Therapy or Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up.

Further information

The College has a range of Hairdressing Salons allowing students to develop their skills and expertise in Inducstry standards facilities, these operate as training  and commercial salons, allowing the development of skills and expereinces to ensure progression into emplyment or further training.

Access to email and a PC at home is advisable.

Once you are qualified you can become a state registered hairdresser.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eastleigh College directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2016

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