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Hairdressing & Barbering Intermediate (Level 2)

Hair & Beauty Students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Hairdressing & Barbering Intermediate (Level 2)

The main aim of the VTCT (ITEC) Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing and Barbering is to enable learners to gain the necessary practical skills and knowledge required by the hairdressing industry.

This course will equip you with the skills that you need to be able to cut Men’s and Women’s hair. The course will be delivered in state-of-the-art salons at Central Beds College in Dunstable. Your days at college will be spent learning from tutors that have decades of industry experience. These tutors will then supervise while you are cutting the hair of paid clients.

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Course information

Need to know

Entry requirements
  • 3 GCSEs grades 9-3 OR equivalent
  • Level 1 Hairdressing
How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a variety of observations, written assignments and online multiple-choice exams questions. Within each unit you will complete written tasks, which work towards your assignments. There are a set number of practical assessments to meet a range of criteria relating to each unit.

Learners will be awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade at the end of the year.

Course content

You will study:

  • Shampoo and condition hair – how to massage the hair and scalp correctly to cleanse, condition and treat the client’s hair
  • Colour and lighten hair – how to apply colour to hair, using fashion techniques. Understanding how the different colouring products work and the effect on the hair
  • Cut women’s hair – develop basic cutting techniques to create a range of looks and recognition of critical influencing factors associated with cutting hair
  • Cut men’s hair – develop basic cutting techniques to create a range of looks and recognition of critical influencing factors associated with men’s cutting
  • Dressing hair – develop long hairdressing skills to create a variety of looks, including setting and hair-up looks
  • Styling men’s hair – develop skills to create a range of looks, including straightening and finger styling and the use of finishing products
  • Reception duties – cultivate skills that improve delivery of client enquiries, bookings and payments, promoting products, creating retail displays

You will also develop knowledge of related health and safety, client care and communication skills which are essential to work and be successful in the hairdressing industry.


We aim to get you as much industry related experience as possible. The best experience is to find employment within a salon during your time at college. This could be by covering a busy Christmas period or on a regular basis.

Next steps

Course progression:

Level 3 Hairdressing or apprenticeships.

Career progression:

Career opportunities as a junior hairdresser/stylist exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial hair salons
  • Specialist African type hair salons
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • Product manufacturing and training
  • Television, film, theatre and media
  • Armed services
  • HM prison service
  • Cruise liners

Additional information

Equipment and other costs

You will need to purchase a kit, which costs £213. This will be used in all of your practical sessions, and is yours to keep at the end of the course so will make -up the start of your professional kit for industry.

You will also be required to purchase a tunic (£27.20) and to wear suitable black trousers (£18.50) and black shoes for each lesson. You will be provided with an order form to purchase this. You will need to be able to move freely so order up rather than down in size. We advise you to purchase a book or use our online library.


No, there is no work placement attached, but we will give opportunities throughout the course to put yourself into a real-world scenario.

Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.