Course Overview

This course is ideal if your dream is to be part of the service Industry. At Level 2 you will gain an excellent range of skills which will help you to gain employment in the hairdressing industry.

You will be introduced to all aspects of hairdressing and 'learn by doing'. The programme is flexible and you will have the opportunity to gain further qualifications such as the Level 2 Award in Contact Dermatitis.  

You will need to be mature and confident in your learning styles.

The course moves at a pace to allow you to develop as an individual and manage your own learning with assistance from our dedicated and highly qualified staff  who will give you full support as you develop your skills and abilities. You will develop and maintain a high level of professionalism, behaviour and work ethos which is required when you go into employment in the industry. A Learning Resource Centre is available.

Successful completion of this course offers progression to a Level 3 NVQ course.

Course Structure

The VRQ will be studied in Year One and the NVQ Level 2 in Year Two.

Modules include: Shampooing, Styling & Finishing Hair, Setting, Colouring, Health & Safety, Reception Duties and Cutting
alongside supporting theory. Perming hair also forms part of the curriculum.

You will study Functional Skills and GCSE English and Mathematics.

You will be required to attend some twilight and evening sessions.

Entry Requirements

You should  have three GCSEs  at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English and Mathematics or be working towards Level 2 Functional Skills in English and Mathematics. You must be hard working, have commitment and a positive 'can do' attitude.

You will be required to attend an interview in which you will be expected to complete a dexterity skills assessment and an individual interview. Experience of working in a hair salon is desirable.

You need to be willing to commit to 100% attendance.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

How Will I Learn?

You will:

  • Work on clients in a realistic working environment
  • Need to be self-motivated to work individually and to deadlines
  • Watch demonstrations and take part in practicals
  • Visit exhibitions to obtain information for your own research
  • Attend lectures and use handouts, notes and learning packages.


Work experience within an external salon is advisable to support your progression.


Skills You Will Develop

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Employability skills
  • Social and Ethical skills
  • Practical skills


In addition to your innovative learning experience you can participate in extra curricular activities such as attending Hairdressing exhibitions. The course will also offer you the opportunity to gain new skills on the innovative annual 'Skills Week' programme. This is highly sought after for additional training by external companies, celebrity guests and staff offering the most up to date techniques.

You will be encouraged to participate in regional and national competitions such as 'Match Fit', 'World Skills' and National Hairdressing Federation competitions.

You will learn creative hairdressing skills in our excellent new salon facilities and have the opportunity to gain experience in our commercial salons alongside your studies.

You will have access to the College's prestigious Style Academy.

Expect Also To

  • Work in a professional manner
  • Work as part of a team
  • Treat staff, other students and clients with respect
  • Use the College's libraries and Learning Resource facilities
  • Work on the salon reception dealing with enquiries and booking client appointments
  • Handle cash payments
  • Use a keyboard for word processing and databases.

How You Will Be Assessed

  • Assessment throughout the programme on practical work
  • Assignments and project work
  • Practical observations
  • Collecting evidence for a portfolio
  • Oral questioning
  • Written tests.

Things You May Need

  • You will be required to purchase and wear a uniform and buy some equipment such as make-up and brushes. All the necessary uniform can be purchased from the Department throughout July, August and September.

  • You may have to provide some of your own models for practice and assessment
  • There are also additional costs for extra curricular activities such as 'Skills Week' or attending exhibitions or trade fairs which may be incurred during your training.


Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Email: [email protected].