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Hairdressing (Cutting and Styling Services) Technical Certificate level 2 at Leicester College

Course description

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme. This level 2 technical certificate for cutting and styling services is suitable for learners that are 16-18 years. The qualification aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to progress on to the level 2 technical certificate in colouring services. You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience to start this qualification. You are likely to choose this qualification if you want to cover all of the technical skills and knowledge needed to work as a junior stylist providing cutting and styling services. In today’s market, cutting and styling services are of paramount importance. This is evidenced in the increase of blow dry bars and the specialised roles within the hairdressing salon providing cutting and styling services.

Course content

Learners interested in the level 2 technical certificate in cutting and styling services will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks. Topics may include principles of practice of hairdressing, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, style, set and finish hair, cut hair using basic techniques and plait and twist hair. You may also take functional skills or GCSE qualifications in English and maths. You will also need to undertake a minimum of 36 hours work experience in a hairdressing salon, during the course.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above is required.


To gain this qualification you must successfully achieve the following assessments:One externally set, externally moderated assignment. The typical assignment brief could require candidates to provide a variety of hairdressing services to a number of clients within a commercially viable time. This will require learners to use consultation techniques to identify client requirements and build a professional rapport.One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions. The exam is designed to assess your depth and breadth of understanding across content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, using a range of question types. Candidates who fail the exam at the first sitting will have one opportunity to re-sit. Optional unit assessments as required. The assignment requires candidates to identify and use effective skills, knowledge and understanding from across the unit content area. Extended response questions are included, giving you the opportunity to demonstrate higher level understanding and integration through discussion, analysis and evaluation, and ensuring the assessment can differentiate between ‘just able’ and higher achieving candidates.

Financial information

Material fee £120.00. Female Uniform: £58.00Male uniform: £39.00Kits costs: £253.00All costs subject to change

Future opportunities

This level 2 technical certificate for cutting and styling services aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek progression on to the level 2 technical certificate in colouring and finishing or employment as a junior stylist providing cutting and styling services within the hairdressing industry. Following successful completion of this qualification you will be qualified to work in a number of employment destinations such as: hairdressing salons, hotels or cruise ships. You could continue your training on a level 2 hairdressing apprenticeship.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

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: 28 September 2018
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