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Hairdressing Diploma Level 2 at Boston College

Course description

This qualification is nationally recognised and prepares you for employment in the hairdressing industry as a junior stylist. 

The course is based at both Boston College and Boston College Spalding which have fully equipped hairdressing salons that are open to the public. 

Course content

The course is broken down into a number of units which cover a full range of practical hairdressing skills and essential knowledge including - 

- Style and finish hair 
- Set and dress hair 
- Cut hair using basic techniques 
- Colour and lighten hair 
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 
- Develop and maintain effectiveness at work 
- Advise and consult with client 
- Perm and neutralise hair 
- Cut mens hair using basic techniques 

Plus Personal development skills such as: 
- Customer care 
- Communication 
- Professionalism 
- Portfolio building and referencing 
- Individual and group work 

All learners will also be expected to take part in 1-2 full weeks of work experience 

In addition to your course, you will also study either Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths, dependent on your current GCSE grade.

Entry requirements

You should hold a good school or previous college report with a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) preferably in Maths, English and a Science. Along with a completed a Level 1 Hairdressing qualification, although this is not essential. 

Progression to Level 2 is dependant on minimum of 90% attendance, Successful completion of a Hairdressing Level 1 qualification if appropriate, satisfactory report from all tutors, acceptable behaviour and attitude, ability to progress, ability to meet deadlines and successful selection at interview. 

You will be required to attend an interview and possibly a trade test, and complete an assignment.


The course is based on an assessment structure therefore you will be continually assessed throughout the course.  Assessment will cover practical applications, written assignments, oral questioning and online tests which will generate a portfolio of evidence.

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase a basic hairdressing equipment kit (£200 approx) which will include everything needed for practical lessons. 

A materials fee of £40 needs to be paid at induction. 

Tunic overalls are compulsory, you will be provided with an order form during induction (£20 approx) 

Barbering head (£30 approx) 

A suitable text book must be purchased to assist with the theoretical aspects of the course (£25.00 approx). 

You will need lever arch A4 folders, dividers, plastic wallets and general stationery. 

There are a number of educational visits arranged which you are encouraged to attend at a minimal cost, usually around £25.00 each trip. 

A number of short courses are also arranged for you on this course and often a small fee is charged (these are optional extras). 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course should enable you to apply for the following - General employment in a Hairdressing salons, mobile hairdresser, salon owner. 

You will also be able to apply for a place on the Level 3 Hairdressing course, full time or apprenticeship. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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