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Level 2 in Cutting & Styling at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This qualification is aimed at you if you are looking to work as a junior hairstylist in a salon or to go on to do the Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hair colouring. This qualification is suitable for anyone over the age of 16.

You will spend an evening each week in our salons, to build up your commercial experience.

The course content covers these compulsory areas: The principles and practices in hairdressing & barbering salons
• Cutting hair using basic techniques
• Style, set & dress hair
• Shampoo, condition & treat the hair & scalp
• Plaiting & twisting the hair
• Working on clients in a salon
• 1 late night commercial session per week
• Work experience in an external salon
• Keeping a learner journal / portfolio of your progress

Entry requirements

You will need 2 GCSEs at grade 3 (D ) or above, or successful completion of a full Level 1 hairdressing qualification.

A well-groomed and professional appearance is essential as you will be working with the public and need to present a professional image
Great importance is also placed on reliability,  requiring regular attendance and punctuality
You will be advised of any materials you will need to purchase for your course when you attend the Welcome Event/Progression interview  .

You will be invited to attend taster days in July, these are a compulsory part of your application. In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.


The Technical Certificate is a City & Guilds qualification and is assessed by means of a final written exam & a trade test / synoptic assignment which take the form of a 6 hour practical session working on clients to create a pre-determined range of cuts & styles. This method of end testing is designed to test your ability to recall learning and apply it to a varied range of client scenarios and is closely linked to industry expectations and working practices, including working to commercially viable timings.

As with all our programmes, this course includes tutorial sessions and individual reviews, giving you individual time with your personal tutor. You may also be required to study and achieve further qualifications in English and Maths to assist in your personal development.

Work placement and employer engagement is a compulsory part of the qualification.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This qualification could lead to a job as a:

•  Junior stylist or progression onto the L2 Technical Certificate in Colouring and Styling or apprenticeship programmes.

In addition to time spent in College you are expected to complete assignments and other work in your private study time either at home or in College. Work experience is an important aspect of your skills development and will require evening and weekend work in hair and make-up. You will be required to attend an evening session - the class will usually end by 7.30pm.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

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: 05 September 2019
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