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Hairdressing Level 2/3

If you are looking to become a hairdresser, and cut, style, and colour hair then these qualifications will provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge needed to progress towards becoming a salon hair professional.

The Hairdressing Diploma Level 2 study programme is designed to start-off your career and provide the necessary skills and techniques for you to become a hairdresser. With the option to specialise in year two, you are provided with a number of different opportunities and experiences, including working in our commercial campus salon.

The Hairdressing Diploma Level 3 programme is aimed at level 2 stylists wishing to learn the skills needed to become a senior stylist. Emphasis is placed on students working to an advanced level and developing their individual skills and talents.

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022.

If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.

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What Will I Learn?

Professional hairdressers with specific teaching skills will provide guidance and tuition in all areas of hairdressing.

Emphasis is placed on correct working procedures and students will be able to develop their individual talents and interests during workshop sessions in our well-equipped salons.

Learning takes place through classroom activity, demonstrations and working in a realistic salon environment for practical assessment and case studies. When not working on real-life clients, you are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments. In addition your main study programme you will also engage in activities to develop your English, maths and employability skills.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in many exciting enrichment opportunities and the latest and upcoming trends.

Course Content

Hairdressing Diploma Level 2 may include the following units:

  • Maintain Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Working in Hairdressing
  • Client Consultation for Hairdressing Services
  • Promote Products and Services to Clients in a Salon
  • Cut Women’s Hair
  • Shampoo and Condition Hair and Scalp
  • Style and Dress Women’s Hair
  • Perm and Neutralise Hair
  • Colour Hair
  • Salon Reception Duties
  • Creative Images in the Hair and Beauty Sector

Hairdressing Diploma Level 3 units may include the following:

  • Monitoring and Maintaining Health and Safety in the Salon
  • Consultation Support
  • Cut Women’s Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • Style Women’s Hair Using a Variety of Techniques
  • Colour Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • Colour Correction
  • Perm Hair to Create a Variety of Looks
  • Creative Hairdressing Design Skills
Entry Requirements

Level 2: 4 GCSEs (9-3) including English and Maths and an interview.

Level 3: Entry on to Level 3 is subject to satisfactory completion of the Level 2 qualification.

This is a 16-18 years old full-time study programme only.

Hairdressing Level 2 and 3 can be studied part-time for those aged 19 and over.

Kit Costs

Level 2 Hairdressing

Uniform: £40*

Practical Kit (including text book): £200*

Level 3 Hairdressing

Uniform: £40*
Textbook- Approx £ 30.00
Level 3 Hairdressing Kit 2019 – £97.05

*All prices indicated must be considered as estimated and prices may change without notice.

Course Progression

Level 2: Progression to the Hairdressing Level 3 course.

Level 3: Students could progress to higher education courses, such as a Foundation Degree in Salon Management.

Career Opportunities

Employment as junior stylists. Many find work in the local area, others in top London salons, television, and film studios, or in prestigious hotels and within leisure complexes.

This is a 16-18 years old study programme only.

All students aged 16-18 on the first day of their course will have their course fully-funded by the government.

Costs of studying

If you are/will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 31st August in the calendar year when you begin a programme of study, you DO NOT pay tuition fees, College registration fees or examination/board registration fees. However, there are some courses which have additional costs which could include:

  • equipment costs – such as uniforms, kits, boots, etc.
  • trips and enrichment activities
  • DBS checks (formerly CRB checks)

For students with an identified low household income, there may be financial support available. Bursary awards can help with your course related costs such as travel, books and equipment and much more.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

If you are aged over sixteen and thinking of enrolling on a full or part-time course, you can apply for funding through the College Bursary Fund. Funds will be targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

The bursary fund cannot assist with any general living costs nor can it be used as an attendance incentive.

Applications to the fund are not normally considered if the household income exceeds £25,000 but may be considered in some instances if the household is experiencing severe financial hardship.

You are advised to read the notes and policies at the beginning of the form and ensure that you provide all the evidence that is required when submitting your application.

When can I apply?

16-18 Bursary Fund applications for courses starting in the 2022/23 academic year will be open from June 1st 2022.

For courses starting in September 2022, applications should be made by 1st November 2022. If you find yourself in financial hardship after this date it is important that you still contact Student Services. Applications received after 1st November will be considered on a pro-rata basis subject to need and the availability of funds.

Full details of the bursary funds can be found here:

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

***Applications for full-time courses and joint apprenticeship applications will close at midnight on Sunday 3rd July 2022. If you have not yet made an application then we encourage you to do so before this date, as we are unable to process any applications received after this time.
Hairdressing Level 2/3 (16 - 18 Old Learners)

16 – 18 year old learners will follow a study programme consisting of Work Experience, Enrichment activities and your Hairdressing qualification. In addition to your main programme, you will study English, maths and employability skills.

LevelLevel 2
Level 3
LocationColchester
DurationTwo Years
Year 1: Level 2
Year 2: Level 3
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
Fee(s)16-18 years old study programme only: Free

Disclaimer

All fees, prices and funding information shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2021-22 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change due to factors outside of our control. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

Courses fees are generally not confirmed for September until June / July due to the above factors.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.