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Hairdressing Diploma (School Leavers) Level 2 at Croydon College

Course description

Our excellent resources, and inspirational and outstanding teachers, make The Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College the place to continue your journey within the hair and beauty industry. 

This course will develop your hairdressing skills while enabling you to make an informed decision about your future progression route. This programme will consist of theory and practical sessions, developing your skills in shampooing and treatments, cutting, colouring, blow-drying and relaxing. You will also enhance your customer service skills by working with the public in our reception area whilst being supervised by our fabulous receptionist.

You will benefit hugely from this course as we are the only college within south London that is in partnership with celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford. This makes this course one of the most sought after in hairdressing due to the training and advantages you will gain from the highest standards of delivery in the Lee Stafford way! You will gain qualities and skills that will give you the best possible opportunity to progress and to secure a career in the hair and beauty industry.

Please note that due to the highly professional nature of the hair and beauty industry, you will be required to wear a uniform whilst you are in the salon, details of which will be given to you at enrolment. We would also like you to invest in your future career by purchasing a kit consisting of all of the necessary salon equipment which will aid your successful completion of this course.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course content

You will be trained in the Lee Stafford Hair and Beauty Academy at Croydon College and you will benefit from having the opportunity to attend one of the many events that Lee Stafford himself will run at the college. You will also be given the most wonderful training within the professional Redken range alongside Keracare and Mazani which is delivered as part of your knowledge and understanding of the diverse products that we use at Croydon College.

You will have the opportunity to take part in many internal and external events and competitions which will give you the skills and competitiveness to ensure you are a step ahead when you’re seeking employment within what is a competitive industry. You may be nominated for student of the year which is a very high achievement to have on your CV for future employers. We compete in World skills and Association of Hairdressers and Therapists which are national competitions, where we have successfully reached the UK finals in both.

You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience via a work placement one day per week. This experience will enable you to appreciate the industry and gain invaluable knowledge.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office. 

Entry requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D-G, one being English or maths, or a Level 1 related qualification.

English and maths assessed at Entry Level 3 or above.


Practical assessments will take place during your salon sessions and all of these are carried out on real clients and will be assessed by one of our highly trained professional members of staff.  Creative assignments and projects will be used to showcase your underpinning knowledge of each technical skill learnt, and these will be used as evidence for your portfolio, alongside online exams.

Future opportunities

Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to our Level 3 Hairdressing Diploma.

Alternatively, you can progress directly into employment in the hair and beauty industry via one of our many apprenticeship programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 March 2016
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      • a 2-minute walk from East Croydon rail station;
      • a 10-minute walk from West Croydon rail station and bus terminus;
      • accessible via over 25 bus routes and 3 tram routes
      • accessible by bicycle via the many cycle routes which also lead into Croydon centre.
      • 19 minutes from Gatwick Airport