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Hairdressing – Level 2 Diploma (VRQ)

This course is designed for both 16-19 year olds and mature students who are interested in Hairdressing. This is a one year course.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of three GCSEs at grade C including English and Science. You will also need to have a minimum of grade D in GCSE Mathematics.

Course Content

– Working in Hairdressing

– Maintain Health & Safety in the Salon

– Client Consultation for Hairdressing Service

– Shampoo & Condition Hair and Scalp

– Promote Products and Services to Clients in a Salon

– Cut Women’s Hair

– Colour and Lighten Hair

– Provide Perming Services

– The Art of Dressing Hair

– Create an image based on a theme within the Hair and Beauty Sector

– Salon Reception Services

– Skills development

You will learn all Ladies practical Hairdressing skills required for a Salon environment, such as cutting, perming, colouring consultation and diagnosis and blow-drying/ setting skills. Hairdressing theory, related science, Health and Safety, retailing & customer services and client consultation will also be covered.

How will I be taught?

The course involves a considerable amount of practical work. During the workshop sessions there will be a demonstration of skills, which you will then practice on each other and then progress to working on paying clients. There are also separate theory and assignment writing classes, to develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of Hairdressing.

How will I be assessed?

Practical assessments will be performed on paying clients to ensure competence. Oral questioning will take place at the time of the practical assessment. All practical assessments will be graded based on performance to either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You are required to keep a record of achievement log book as evidence of Hairdressing skills performed, this will form the basis of your portfolio.  Mandatory exams – there are online tests for some units of the course and other units are covered by assignments.

Will I need any extra equipment?

You will need a compulsory uniform which is to be worn at all times to both theory and practical classes (the style is determined by the College). For theory classes you will need paper, pens and an A4 ring binder.

Salon hairdressing tools/ equpiment can be purchased on course commencement.

What qualifications will I get?

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing (VRQ).

An appropriate English or Maths qualification

What will it allow me to do in the future?

Providing you have successfully completed the course you will be able to apply to progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing. Those students who do not wish to go on to Level 3 can obtain employment within the Hairdressing Industry.

Course Information

All students will be expected to comply with the hairdressing code of dress. Facial piercings are not acceptable in the Salon or in theory classes. Child care is available in the South Downs College Nursery. Places are limited so ensure that you make arrangements as soon as possible.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification. Details will be given at interview.

If you would like further advice or guidance please contact Reception on freephone 0800 056 0511.

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