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Hairdressing Diploma 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

Are you passionate about styling hair and creating looks that people love? Could you see yourself working professionally in a salon, and perhaps even running your own business one day? If you’d like to start a career in the hair industry, then this Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing is the perfect place to begin. You’ll learn everything you need to know about working in a salon and cutting hair, including how to consult correctly with clients, how to effectively shampoo and condition the hair and scalp, and how to cut women’s hair. You’ll study units such as colouring and lightening hair, and perming and neutralising. As part of the diploma, you’ll also look at promoting products and services to clients in the salon, and will get the chance to explore the art of hairdressing. This is a highly practical qualification, and along with a choice of optional units, it will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in this exciting industry.

Entry requirements

If you’d like to enrol on this Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, you’ll need to have relevant GCSE grades and a strong desire to work in the hair and beauty industries. You should also have good listening and communication skills, a natural artistic flair, and a positive attitude to working – both independently and as part of a team. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSEs in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


As this course is both practical and theory-based, you’ll complete continual assessment over the course of the year including written tests, assignments and practical observations.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

With this Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing, you’ll be well on your way to a successful career in this sector. With the qualification, experience and skills you’ve built up, you’ll be able to advance onto a Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing or Hairdressing Studies, as well as other related beauty subjects, right here with us at The Manchester College. You’ll then be able to develop your expertise further and continue onto one of a number of different roles in the hair and beauty industry, working as a stylist in a salon, a mobile hairdresser, a trainer or educator, or even the owner of your own salon. Whichever path you take is up to you!

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.