Level 2 Diploma

Type of study
Examination board
City and Guilds


On this highly practical course you’ll learn all the hairdressing skills required to get started working in a salon environment.

You’ll develop a wide range of skills, including: cutting techniques,  colouring, perming, drying, setting and creative styling techniques.

Hairdressing theory lessons will incorporate all the latest related science, health and safety guidance, retailing rules and legislations. Customer service, advice and client consultation along with the importance of up and coming products used in the professional industry will not only be taught in theory but will be used in and throughout practical lessons . Importantly, you’ll need to demonstrate aptitude in communication, teamwork, timekeeping and organisation.

Practical assessment will be carried out by attending to paying customers, in our commercially-run training salons that are fitted with the latest equipment, professional tools and products. You will be able to show case your work to local businesses and  be involved in competition work as well as visiting Hairdressing exhibitions and retailers.

Availability & Details

Hairdressing, Level 2 Diploma (VRQ) HSDC-SD-CDPHD

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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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.

On this course you will study:

  • Working in hairdressing
  • Maintain health and safety in the salon
  • Client consultation for hairdressing service
  • Shampoo and 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 and customer services and client consultation will also be covered.

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.

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.

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My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

My experience at South Downs was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to University. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The College is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student

My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student


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.


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