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Technical Certificate in Hairdressing

Level 2

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Key Info

Learning Area   Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Course Type   16-19
Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   07/09/2021

The Level 2 Technical Certificate is a fast-paced course which requires focus and self-motivation.

This practical based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the hairdressing industry or for further specialist study.

The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing aims to provide you with a range of essential and practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the hairdressing Industry. The skills include carrying out services such as; shampooing, conditioning, styling, dressing and setting hair, cutting and colouring. The college’s commercial salon enables you to build skills and techniques while in a real working environment, embedding the science and theory needed to enable you to achieve this qualification.

In the practical workshops you will observe, learn and practice all skillS leading to achievement of your practical synoptic exam

The content of the course is enhanced with specialist workshops, bespoke training and guest speakers.

With the addition of work experience this course will enable you to develop and progress and a hairdresser.

  What You Will Learn

This qualification covers all the core skills you will need to progress to further learning and training, or to enter the world of work within the hairdressing industries.

You will study the following:

Principles of hairdressing and barbering services Inc. Consultation skills, Legislation, Health & Safety
Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Style, set and dress hair
Cut hair using basic techniques
Colour and lighten hair

Employer involvement includes workshops, demonstrations and specialist training

  Entry Requirements

These qualifications are approved for learners aged 16-18, 19+ Under 19’s - English & Maths GCSE minimum of grade 4 - grade C Over 19’s - Standard College Entry Requirements will apply. All requirements are subject to change and will be discussed at interview

  Work Experience

Work placement – at least 1 day per week working in a hairdressing salon – dependant on individual learner requirements. This will enable you to experience salon life and allow you to learn from a working environment – building on your employability skills and your knowledge of working in the industry.

Please note: All candidates must achieve the mandatory employer involvement requirement for this qualification before they can be awarded a qualification grade – Work experience placements will be discussed in further depth at interview.


To gain this qualification, candidates must successfully achieve the following assessments:

End point assessment:

One externally set, externally moderated assignment
One externally set, externally marked exam, sat under examination conditions

The synoptic assignment is externally set, internally marked and externally moderated. It requires candidates to identify and use effectively in an integrated way an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories, and knowledge from across the content area. Candidates will be judged against the assessment objectives.

Employer involvement in the delivery and/or assessment of this qualification is essential for all candidates and will be externally quality assured


Once you have achieved this qualification the world of hairdressing and all its paths are open to you - you are one step closer to achieving your dreams.

This practical based training is ideal preparation for gaining employment in the hairdressing industry or for further specialist study.

This qualification will allow you to progress into employment or on to a Level 3 Technical Diploma qualification such as:

City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Hairdressing or Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing



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"I had developed an interest in holistic therapies and wanted a career change into that industry. The college have a great spa and beauty department and the tutor for reflexology is a wealth of knowledge.

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