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Hairdressing - City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma at West Thames College

Course description

This course covers all aspects of European ladies’ hairdressing, learning practical skills in our professional salons enhanced by theoretical knowledge. You will learn how to shampoo and condition the hair and scalp, style hair using drying and setting techniques, cut, perm, neutralise and change hair colour using basic techniques and you will have L’Oreal training days in colouring and perming. You can take part in competitions and visit trade fairs. We recommend you have salon experience whilst studying.

Course content

The teaching classes include:

  • Practical workshops and theory
  • Portfolio assignments
  • Special features - trips, exhibitions, competitions (internal and external)
  • Work placement/experience
  • Assessment feedback on your programme.

You will study:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Cut women's hair
  • Cut men's hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Perm and neutralise hair
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector.

You will also attend functional skills classes in English and Maths if you have not achieved grade C at GCSE.

You may have opportunities to participate in L'Oreal training days and achieve certificates in colouring, visit the Salon Trade Fair, and take part in intercollege competitions. We encourage work experience.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of NVQ Level 1 or Foundation Hairdressing with functional skills in English and maths. You must have had some work experience that involved dealing with the public, plus good written and oral communication skills. Acceptance for the course is by interview, which will be arranged on receipt of your application.

If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email


Assessment is continuous throughout the course. You will develop a portfolio of evidence which includes documentation of competence from observations; oral questioning, assignments and written tests. There are four areas of assessment:

  • Practical: you carry out the skill
  • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
  • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a written test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
  • Online tests.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18.

Future opportunities

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing (with more work experience), part-time hairdressing or beauty therapy courses and/or work as a junior stylist.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 August 2017
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