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Hairdressing Level 2 Extended Diploma at Newton Abbot College

Course description

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/hairstylist.

Course content

Learning will take place in our onsite salon, through consultation with real clients and through a two-week block work placement in a commercial setting.  

Students will learn skills to complete all mandatory units that include:

  • Advise and consult with clients; 
  • Blow-dry and style hair; 
  • Colour and lighten hair; 
  • Cut ladies hair; 
  • Health, safety and hygiene; 
  • Set and dress hair; 
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp; 
  • Style hair with electrical equipment. 

Throughout this qualification, students will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology. Students will acquire knowledge of all relevant testing together with health, safety and legislation requirements necessary for a junior hairdresser/stylist. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients. Students will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed. 

In addition to completing mandatory units, students are required to complete four optional units. 

  • Salon reception duties; 
  • Plait and twist hair; 
  • Promote products and services using social media; 
  • Principles of building a commercial salon column.

Entry requirements

Ideally students will have achieved a minimum Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics at GCSE. However, if these grades are not achieved, course entry will be discussed on an individual basis. 

A genuine enthusiasm and commitment to hairdressing and barbering is essential. Students must be prepared to work both in a team and individually on all tasks and assignments set. Students will be working with real clients, therefore excellent attendance, punctuality and a commitment to the health and safety of others is essential.


Assessment will be based on 50% portfolio evidence, 30% external examination and 20% client based consultation and practical assessment of all mandatory skills.

Future opportunities

The level 2 qualification lends itself to the following areas of employment:

  • Commercial salons;
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings;
  • Television, film, theatre and media;
  • Cruise liners;
  • Hospitals/care homes.

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for employment, they may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September