West Thames College London

Hairdressing - Level 2

This course covers all aspects of European ladies’ hairdressing, learning practical skills in our professional salons enhanced by theoretical knowledge. You will learn how to shampoo and condition the hair and scalp, style hair using drying and setting techniques, cut, perm, neutralise and change hair colour using basic techniques and you will have L’Oreal training days in colouring and perming. You can take part in competitions and visit trade fairs. We recommend you have salon experience whilst studying.

This course is primarily aimed at 16-18 year olds.

Key course features


City & Guilds Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 07 September 2017

Who is this course for?

School leavers or young people with some experience in hairdressing who want to develop their career.

About the course

The teaching classes include:

  • Practical workshops and theory
  • Portfolio assignments
  • Special features – trips, exhibitions, competitions (internal and external)
  • Work placement/experience
  • Assessment feedback on your programme.

You will study:

  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
  • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
  • Cut women’s hair
  • Cut men’s hair
  • The art of dressing hair
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Perm and neutralise hair
  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector.

You will also attend functional skills classes in English and Maths if you have not achieved grade C at GCSE.

Additional opportunities

You may have opportunities to participate in L'Oreal training days and achieve certificates in colouring, visit the Salon Trade Fair, and take part in intercollege competitions. We encourage work experience.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is continuous throughout the course. You will develop a portfolio of evidence which includes documentation of competence from observations; oral questioning, assignments and written tests. There are four areas of assessment:

  • Practical: you carry out the skill
  • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
  • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a written test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
  • Online tests.
Where next?

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing (with more work experience), part-time hairdressing or beauty therapy courses and/or work as a junior stylist.

Entry requirements
2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above or Level 1 or Foundation Hairdressing with functional skills in English and maths. Some work experience dealing with the public is preferable. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for students under 19 years.

New students will need to purchase a hairdressing kit and uniform (£255). Students progressing from Level 1 will need to purchase a hairdressing kit (£130) and may wish to purchase an optional new uniform (£39). Financial support may be available to help with these costs. Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  1. Salim Bekkaoui

    Barbering Level 2

    Salim Bekkaoui

    “The teachers were really great and very knowledgeable. The college is very welcoming, friendly, positive and supportive, and it’s a great environment to study in. After my course I’m going to continue working in a barber's to gain more experience and then I’m going to open my own business, which has always been my goal. Doing this course has been a big step towards achieving my goal.”

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