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Hairdressing Intermediate (Level 2)

Level 2 Hairdressing


Hairdressing Intermediate (Level 2)

This intermediate study programme will focus on the development of the underlying principles and practical skills required in the hairdressing industry, and will prepare you for progression onto higher level study. You will learn how to consult with clients and promote products and services, along with developing a variety of hairdressing techniques.

Course information

Entry requirements

Duration: 1 year 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–3 or equivalent,  ideally including English & maths


  • Hairdressing at Level 1

Duration: 2 years 

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or equivalent, ideally including English & maths  and a keen interest in hairdressing
  • Other relevant levels of qualifications or experience will be considered
Course content

Subject units:

  • Working in hairdressing
  • Maintaining health and safety in the salon
  • Client consultation services
  • Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
  • Cutting women’s hair
  • Cutting men’s hair
  • Styling and dressing women’s hair
  • Colouring hair
  • Perming and neutralising hair
  • Promoting products and services to clients
  • Plaiting and Twisting
  • Create an image based on a theme
  • English and maths:
    If you don’t already have GCSE English and maths grade 9-4 (A*-C), we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills.
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills
Assessment methods

You will be continually assessed by your tutors in the College’s salons. It must be stressed that full commitment is essential for success, and you will be required to pass written end of unit assessment papers set by the awarding body, as well as unit assignments.


You will gain:

  • Hairdressing City & Guilds VRQ Level 2 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress to the Level 3 course. Alternatively you can choose to take an Apprenticeship in hairdressing, or seek employment as a junior stylist in a range of professional establishments.

Additional information

We regard good appearance, conduct and attitude as an essential and ongoing part of the course, and you will be required to wear the designated uniform and adhere to professional codes of appearance and conduct at all time. During the course you may be required to participate as a model for services by your peers.

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Course Duration

This course can be completed in one year or two years dependent on your grades. Please apply for the course as normal and you will be placed on the appropriate course during the application/ enrolment process. For any questions, please contact

Available Courses
Brooks Hair & Beauty Bedford
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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Tresham College Corby campus
Starts: 11/09/2023
Type: Full Time
Length: 2 years
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 4:30pm
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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.

Funding Information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at: or view the Full-time Fee Flow Chart below.

If you are unsure whether you need to pay or not then please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990.

Full-time Fee Flow Chart

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Find out more

If you live in any of the following areas and wish to apply for or enrol onto one of our courses, please contact our Customer Contact team on 0345 658 8990 to check if your course is funded or not (Please note that if your course is not funded then you will pay a higher fee than what is listed, please contact our Customer Contact team for more information):

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater Manchester
  • Greater London
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • Sheffield
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne
  • Barnsley and Doncaster
  • West Yorkshire
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Tresham College Hairdressing Level 3
Hair & Beauty


I’ve loved brushing and styling people’s hair from a young age. After studying Catering for a year at College, I made the move to Hairdressing and I’m really enjoying it.

College is a big step up from school but it’s a very safe environment where you have more time to think about things. In the practical sessions we work with different hair types and colours, and the theory sessions support this with lessons on colour correction and the different ways to colour hair.

The practical sessions also include cutting hair. We start on mannequin heads and then after a few weeks move on to modelling for each other before working with real clients who come into the salon a couple of times a week.

Our tutors are very helpful and they will always come round and double check you are ok while you’re working.

We also have business workshops and a work experience placement once a week. I work at a salon in Burton Latimer where I get to apply all the skills I’ve learned in College, from timings and preparing the salon, to colouring and cutting. We’ve also been to Salon International in London and will soon have a speaker from the industry come in to talk to us about colour correction.

Once I finish this course I am going to move on to the Barbering course to expand my skill set. Eventually, I’d love to work as a Hairdresser on a cruise ship so I can travel the world while I work.

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.


Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.



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.