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Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing at East Sussex College

Course description

During this one-year course you will learn a range of cutting, colouring and styling skills that will help you to start a career in this exciting and expanding industry.

Course content

Over the duration of the course you will learn a variety of theory based and practical hairdressing skills in our fully-equipped, commercial salon. You will gain a valuable learn experience as you advise and consult with paying clients about their hair. You will present yourself in a professional manner as you build confidence and skills in washing, shampooing, cutting, colouring, styling and drying hair.

You will cover a range of topics including:

  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety
  • Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Change hair colour
  • Style and finish hair
  • Set and dress hair
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Perming
  • Plaiting

By the end of the course you will have built up a portfolio of your own styles, colours and cuts, which you will be able to take into further study or start your career in the industry.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of: 4 GCSE's A*-C and grade 4-9 Including English, Maths and science subject or Equivalent Qualification


Your practical skills will be assessed through observation and feedback while you work on paying clients in the salon. Theory knowledge will be assessed through a variety of assessments such as written assignments, presentations and exams.

Financial information

You will be required to wear a uniform and purchase your own kit for the year which will cost approximately £260. You will also have the opportunity to visit professional shows, training days and conferences which may incur additional costs.

Future opportunities

Once you have successfully completed this course you will have started to build a portfolio of your work and be able to move onto our Level 3 Hairdressing course. You may also consider studying our Level 2 Barbering course to develop your skills in cutting men’s hair, or you enhance your skills in Make-up artistry with our Level 2 course.

There will be a number of possible career opportunities available to you including working as a Stylist or Hairdresser in a salon, or working in television or theatre as a hairstylist, or even as a Wig maker or Trichologist.

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: 06 December 2018
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