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Level 2 Diploma in Women's Hairdressing at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The aim of this course is to provide a programme of training leading to a nationally recognised qualification within the hairdressing industry. This qualification would enhance and compliment techniques required by individuals seeking employment in this profession.

The programme involves a study of technical units and related units at a specialist level including styling, blow drying , setting techniques, colouring and cutting (perming is optional). There are also additional units including health and safety, advise and consult with clients, and shampoo and condition hair scalp.

Full-time study is two days spent in college for adults aged over 19 or three days spent in college for 16-18 year olds for one year. Your English and maths skills will also be enhanced during your programme. 16-18 year olds will also be required to attend a work placement as part of the full time study programme. Previous accreditation may reduce the amount of learning required within this programme.

You will learn by working in one of the training salons to develop your skills and then in our commercial salon on clients.

Entry requirements

A pre-requisite is Level 1 Hairdressing or a good standard of education and appropriate GCSEs. The course is open to anyone that poses a high level of interest in hairdressing. Good communication skills and working as part of a team are a requirement for this course. Entry to the course is by interview enabling us to discuss your individual training and development needs.


You are continually assessed throughout the course by building your portfolio of work, which contains evidence of your competence in each of the technical and related skills. On the VRQ programme you will have the opportunity to work towards a Pass, Merit or Distinction for each unit you cover.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

You gain the C&G /VRQ Level 2 Hairdressing qualification. You could then progress onto Level 3 Hairdressing or an Apprenticeship.

Further information

You will need to purchase an overall and your personal hairdressing equipment. The costs of these items will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. You may be able to claim financial support towards the costs of essential course materials – please see

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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