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Hairdressing Level 2/3 (19+ Year Old Learners) – Part-Time

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.

Learning takes place through classroom activity, demonstrations and working in a realistic salon environment for practical assessment and case studies. 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.

When not working on real-life clients, you are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments.
You will also have the opportunity to participate in many exciting enrichment opportunities and the latest upcoming trends.

Course Info
Do I have to pay a fee?
How to Apply
What Will I Learn?

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. When not working on real-life clients, you are taught through a number of practical sessions and assessments, alongside classroom sessions and guided assignments.

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 Level 3 Diploma 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 (grades A*-E / 9-3), including English and maths and an interview.

Level 3: Entry on to Level 3 is subject to satisfactory completion of a Level 2 Hairdressing qualification*.

*If you have previously studied and completed a level 2 at another training provider, or are currently studying level 2 with another training provider, and would like to apply to enrol directly onto level 3 you can do so by the ‘Level 3 Appy Online’ button in the next menu.

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

Successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma allows progression into employment as junior stylist or onto the Level 3 Diploma.

Career Opportunities

Many find work in the local area, others in industry at a supervisory level or technical support with top London salons, major product manufacturers, television/film studios, prestigious hotels, cruise liners or leisure complexes.

Fees and Funding

This course is for learners aged 19 years and over.

If you are aged 19 and over, in certain circumstances you may be eligible for a fee waiver and therefore you will not have to pay for this course. 

Eligibility for a fee waiver will depend your age at the start of the course, your previous qualifications, your employment status and whether you claim certain benefits.

If you do not meet the criteria for a fee waiver, you may be eligible for some assistance from the College’s Bursary Funds, depending on the household financial circumstances.

If you do not meet the criteria for a fee waiver, and are not eligible for assistance from the Bursary Fund, you will have to pay for this course.

Published course fees for this course are located further down this course information page.

Level 2 - Do I have to pay a fee?

The information in this section applies to this course, and may not apply to other courses with different funding criteria.

You will not pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19-24 at the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19-23 and have not achieved a level 2 qualification in any other subject (or 5 GCSEs grades 9-4)
over 19 at the start of the course, unemployed and in receipt of benefits
over 19 at the start of the course, employed and have a gross annual salary under £18,525 per annum
If you are aged 19-23 and have previously achieved a Level 2 qualification, if you do not meet the low income or unemployment criteria you will not be eligible for a fee waiver
You will not meet the low income or unemployment criteria if you:
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, unemployed and are not in receipt of benefits
are aged over 19 at the start of the course, employed and have a gross annual salary over £18,525 per annum
Therefore you will pay tuition fees

In certain circumstances, the College’s discretionary bursary fund maybe able to assist with a contribution towards tuition fees. Eligibility to the fund depends on the household’s financial circumstances.  Further information regarding the discretionary bursary fund can be found further down this page.

Level 3 - Do I have to pay a fee?

The information in this section applies solely to this course and the criteria for a fee waiver is not transferable to any other course offered by the College.

You will not pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19-24 on the 31st August 2022 and have an active Education, Health and Care Plan
aged 19 – 23 and have not already achieved a full Level 3 qualification* then this course will be fully-funded by the government. (In some cases, if you need to first enrol on a lower level course, before progressing to a Level 3, this may also be fully funded by the government)

* This means that you have not previously attained a full Level 3 or equivalent (2 A Levels or 4 AS Levels, or QAA Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma at Level 3, or a Level 3 Tech level or applied general qualification (e.g. BTEC)).

You will pay tuition fees if you are:
aged 19 and over at the start of this course and have previously achieved a full Level 3 qualification
Learners required to pay tuition fees can either self-fund (whereby you or your employer pays for the course) or apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover all, or part, of the tuition fees for this course.

The minimum loan you can get is £300, but the maximum will depend on how much the fees are and the type of course you take.

Advanced Learner Loans

Am I eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan?

To qualify for an advanced learner loan to cover the fees for this course you must be:

  • 19 years old or over on the first day of your course (there’s no upper age limit)
  • A UK national or have ‘settled status’ (this means there are no restrictions on how long you can stay)
  • Living in the UK on the first day of your course, and have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this

Most learners that fall into this bracket will be eligible, it doesn’t depend on your household income and there’s no credit check!

If your nationality or residency status is different to the above, then please contact the national Advanced Learner Loan helpline on 0300 100 0619 or check the Advanced Learner Loan website where you will be able to find further information on eligibility.

How do I apply for an Advanced Learner Loan?

Once you have applied and been offered a place on the course, the college will provide you with a ‘learning and funding information letter’. These are normally sent out in early July.

You need this to complete the loan application and you cannot apply for a loan until you have received this.

Once you have applied for a loan and it has been approved you will receive an official letter from Student Finance England.

Am I eligible for a bursary?

Applicants thinking of enrolling on this course can apply for funding to help with the costs associated with attending college.  Bursary funds are targeted at students where there is an identified low household income.

The bursary fund cannot provide help with costs unrelated to your course, such as general living expenses, 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.

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is aimed at helping:
Students aged 19 who started a two-year programme before their 19th birthday
Students aged 19 or over on 31st August 2022 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
If you do not meet the above criteria then you are likely to be eligible for support through either the:
19+ Bursary Fund
or
Advanced Learner Loan Bursary Fund (for students paying tuition fees for Level 3 with an advanced learner loan)*

*Awards from the Advanced Learner Loans Bursary Fund can only be made to students who have received an Advanced Learner Loan. If you do not intend to apply for an advanced learner loan or if your application has been unsuccessful you will not be eligible for an award from this particular fund.

Funds are targeted at course related costs such as travel, childcare, books and equipment.

Regardless of income or employment status, students self-funding (including where an employer is covering course fees), are not eligible for financial assistance through any discretionary bursary funds.

When can I apply?

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.

Payment Options

Can I pay in instalments?

Where total course fees exceed £200 you (or your employer, if they are paying your course fees) can choose to pay your fees in instalments through a monthly payment plan.

40% of the fee or £500 (whichever is lower) will be payable at enrolment.

The balance must be paid within 6 months or by the end date if the course is less than 6 months in duration.

Payment in full in advance

Payment should be made in full at the time of enrolment. Acceptable payment methods include Debit Card and Credit Card (excluding American Express). Please note that we are no longer able to accept cash or cheque payments.

Applications Open Now!

The application window for part-time courses starting in September and October 2022 is open now.

Applications for this course are made via our online application form and you are able to access it from this course page.

Once you are ready to apply then please click the ‘Apply Online‘ button located in the next menu.

Upon successful submission of an application you will receive an acknowledgement email from our Admissions team. If you do not receive this you should contact the team to check that your application has been received.

Applicants will receive further correspondence from the College about the next stages of the admissions process. These will include details about interviews with the course tutor or any pre-assessments and trades tests.

In the mean time, if you have any further questions about the application process or next available start date, want to check the progress of your application or if you are unsure about anything please contact us using the enquiry line or enquiry form below.

Hairdressing Level 2/3 (19+ Year Old Learners) - Part-Time

Adult (19+) learners will not be required to study English and Maths. You will attend College for approximately 11 hours per week for a mixture of practical and theory sessions.

LevelLevel 2
Level 3
LocationColchester
DurationTwo years:
Year 1: Level 2
Year 2: Level 3
Study ModePart-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2022 - Applications open on 1st October 2021
AttendanceVariable hours per week
Fee(s)19+ Year 1: £1,807
19+ Year 2: £3,345

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.