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Level 2 Diploma Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy Combined at University College Birmingham

Course description

This course is designed for students who are keen to work in hairdressing and beauty therapy but are not sure which area they would like to specialise in. The course is a great way to get an insight into these career paths.

You will take a Level 2 Diploma covering hairdressing and beauty therapy skills and be trained in a practical working environment in our superb training/commercial salons.

Alongside training in the University's salons ou will also gain additional experience on placements. Opportunities are available in hotels and spas, nail salons, hair and beauty salons, pamper events, small family-run businesses and large commercial salons.

Course content

Course modules will include:

  • Hair and Scalp Analysis
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair
  • Cutting
  • Styling
  • Colouring
  • Manicure
  • Pedicure
  • Facial Treatments
  • Eye Treatments
  • Waxing
  • Health and Safety
  • Salon Reception Duties
  • Make-up

Entry requirements

You will need 4 GCSE's at Grade D/grade 3 or above.

All applicants are required to attend an interview and have a good school report or a reference.


You will be assessed on a continuous basis within a realistic working environment and be required to complete written papers.

Financial information

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 16-18 you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Educational Visits

You may be required to pay for any educational visits or trips.

Uniform and Equipment

This course requires the purchase of uniform and equipment. You will be given information on the cost and how to order prior to the start of your course. Order forms will be included in your enrolment pack (usually available in May/June). Some students may be eligible for financial assistance through the Learner Support Fund (see details below).

Learner Support Fund

The Learner Support Fund is available to assist students with course related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. The fund is available to students who have a total household income of less than £30,810 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). A non-refundable deposit of £50 is required.

Discretionary Bursary

The Discretionary Bursary is for learners who have a household income of less than £20,817 per year (figure correct as at September 2016). Bursary payments will be made every Friday subject to 100% attendance. Learners who are in receipt of out of work benefits, work more than 24 hours per week or are over the threshold are not eligible.

Mandatory Bursary

The Mandatory Bursary Scheme is paid to students aged 16-18 who fall into one of the following categories:

  • Looked after child
  • Care Leaver
  • Receiving Income Support in their own name
  • Receiving Employment Support Allowance and Disability Living Allowance or PIP

Eligible students will be entitled to a guaranteed bursary with weekly payments paid every Friday subject to attendance.

Application forms for the Learner Support Fund and Bursary will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

Network West Midlands 16-18 Photocard

If you are under 18 years old and in full-time education you may be entitled to child rate fares and season tickets for travel on the bus, train and metro. All you need is a valid 16-18 Photocard which is available from Network West Midlands. It costs £10 and is valid for one academic year. You will be able to apply once you are enrolled. Further information is available from Student Services.

Travel Assistance

If you are travellling from outside the Network West Midlands area you may be able to claim a 50% reimbursement of your travel costs. Please contact the Student Budget Counsellor to discuss th additional support that may be available to you.

Free Meals

Some Further Education students will be able to receive a free meal at lunchtime whilst they are in college . You must be between 16-18 with parents or guardians in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Guarantee element of Pension Credit

You will need to apply for the Discretionary Bursary Scheme and provide evidence of one of the above benefits. An application form will be included in your enrolment pack and forms are also available from Student Services.

If you are eligible you will receive a daily allowance which can be used to purchase a selection of items within the Summer Row cafeteria and Richmond House cafeteria. Please note that as we are aiming to promote healthy eating there are restrictions on some items such as fizzy drinks, chocolate, crisps, cakes and flapjacks.

Childcare Funding

Students aged under 19 on the start date of the course can apply for childcare support through the Care to Learn Scheme. For further information and how to apply go to and search 'Care to Learn' or call the helpline on 0800 121 8989.

Future opportunities


On completion of Level 2 you can progress on to a Level 3 qualification in Hairdressing, Beauty Therapy or Theatrical Special Effects, Hair & Media Make-up. Once you have a Level 3 qualification you can then progress on to a higher education foundation degree course here at UCB or elsewhere.

Career Opportunities

There are a broad range of roles open to you once you have successfully completed the course, including the option of travelling the world and working overseas. Previous students are employed in a variety of areas including beauty salons, hairdressing salons, hair clinics, photographic studios, holiday resorts, cruise ships, spa resorts.

Further information

Please see our website for more details and information on our next available Open Days.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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