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Hairdressing Level 2 NVQ at South Downs College

Course description

This is a one year program involving all aspects of hairdressing which includes practical skills and theory relating to the underpinning knowledge required.

Course content

This course will cover all Ladies practical hairdressing skills such as cutting, perming, colouring, consultation, diagnosis and blow drying/setting skills required for Salon employment.

Hairdressing theory, related science, health and safety, retailing & customer service and client consultation will also be covered. In addition you will spend time working in the College Hairdressing salon.

As part of the course you will be expected to undertake skills development which may include studies in English and Maths.

In addition this course is also used to infill apprenticeships one day per week.

Entry requirements

An NVQ/Diploma at Level 1 in Hairdressing  (an assessment of skill ability may be required with this qualification) or school hairdressing equivalent.


The qualification includes practical and oral assessment as well as some project work. Practical assessment will be carried out on paying clients in the training Salon as work experience is an essential requirement for this course.

Homework is set as a revision task for on-line testing.

Attempts at assessment are made when you feel you have a good chance of successfully proving your competence.

Assessments are recorded in your assessment book.

Throughout the course you will need to keep records of the work you complete, so that these may be used to form the basis of your portfolio.

Future opportunities

Work in the hairdressing industry, or for those students who wish, there is an option to progress to a Level 3 qualification in Hairdressing.

The Level 3 course is a one year course and involves the study of more complex and wide-ranging hairdressing skills.

Further information

This course is designed to provide as wide a range of hairdressing experiences as possible. Facial piercings are not acceptable in the Salon and must be removed before entering a practical class. Uniform is to be worn at all times to all theory and practical classes.

In order to offer the widest possible opportunities to motivated students, additional time outside of normal course hours may be required.

The information on this sheet will be explained more fully at Open Evenings, Interviews, tutorials and lessons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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