of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them
Why choose this college course?
- BOOST YOUR SKILLS – Master vital practical skills for working with hair to an advanced level, as well as reception skills and how to work effectively
- PRACTICAL APPLICATION – Learn in our training and commercial salons and test your abilities through competition opportunities
- WORK PLACEMENT – Put your training into practice in the real world through placement opportunities, thanks to our excellent links with a wide range of salons and spas.
University College Birmingham has a range of state-of-the-art teaching facilities and equipment for students on our hair and make-up courses, with outstanding training and commercial salons as well as a media workshop.
Our salon facilities provide a real working environment where you will be trained to a high professional standard using the latest Schwarzkopf products
Our Media Workshop allows you to learn how to perfect your hair work for the camera and how to light, compose and take professional studio shots
Topics you will study:
- Health, safety and hygiene
- Advise and consult with clients
- Blow-dry and style hair
- Colour and lighten hair
- Cut ladies' hair
- Set and dress hair
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
- Style hair with electrical equipment
- Blow-drying and finishing services
- Hair colouring services
- Hair cutting services
- Hairdressing consultation
- Setting and dressing services
- Colour correction services
Please note: Units/topics of study are subject to change
You will also have an individual study programme to help you build the skills and experience you need to progress onto higher education or gain employment.
Maths and English
To help you secure your dream career, you will also continue developing your maths and English skills alongside your full-time course. If you haven’t achieved GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths at age 16, you will continue to study these through resits or taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.
How maths will support your career
- Ratios are very important, for example when mixing hair dye
- Basic addition and subtraction are important in calculating the costs of equipment/products and managing stock.
- Percentages are key in working out customer discounts.
- Area and perimeter are important when designing and arranging a salon space.
How English will support your career
- Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of hair and beauty products and services.
- Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues.
- Customer service requires good English skills in speaking and written communication.
- Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions for hair/beauty products and treatments.
- Secure English is important when preparing a CV or business proposal, or when advertising/marketing your business.
Our hairdressing lecturers are looking for students who are committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the hairdressing industry, so please contact Admissions if you do not have the specific requirements outlined below.
If you are unsure if your qualification is equivalent or if you wish to check if you meet the entry requirements for this course, please call 0121 214 2919, email email@example.com or use our live chat.
Hairdressing Level 2
- 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above, or equivalent.
- A minimum GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 2 (grade E) is also required.
Supporting documents required
- School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
- If you are a school leaver (over 19), you will be required to provide a reference from a previous education provider or employer in support of your application.
Guaranteed progression option
Students who achieve Level 2 Hairdressing and receive approval from the University College Birmingham teaching team will be permitted to progress onto Level 3 Hairdressing.
Hairdressing Level 3
- A relevant Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing.
- GCSE English and Maths at grade 3/D are desirable for entrance but not essential.
Work experience admissions pathway
2 years’ relevant hair industry experience. Admissions will be based on your interview performance alongside a reference stating the roles and responsibilities held during your period of employment.
Supporting documents required
School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.
Guaranteed progression option
Students who achieve Level 3 Hairdressing will be automatically guaranteed an offer for Aesthetic Practitioner FdA. Students who wish to study other degree courses at University College Birmingham will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice and guidance on suitability.
English and maths
If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in English and maths and you are under 19, you will be required to study these subjects alongside your vocational subject. After enrolment you will complete an assessment with our teaching team so we can ensure you receive appropriate English and maths support.
Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.
Teaching and assessment
You will be assessed through two external exams and one graded synoptic exam.
Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.
Uniform and kit costs
This course requires a uniform and kit costing approximately £250 for Level 2 or £175 for Level 3, depending on the items you purchase. (Prices are subject to change each year – exact costs and information on how to order required items will be provided to you prior to enrolment.)
You may be eligible for the Learner Support Fund, which assists college students with course-related costs such as essential uniform, equipment and travel. For more information, please visit our Financial Support for College Students page.
Work placements offer a wealth of benefits alongside your studies, helping you put your learning into practice, develop your skills and understanding of the workplace, boost your CV for your chosen career or enhance your UCAS application for higher education. Our Hired employability team can help find the ideal placement for you.
As part of your hairdressing course, you will attend a work placement. The length of time and schedules vary between days and block weeks, with opportunities available within a wide range of salons and spas.
Work alongside experts in your sector
A snapshot of some of the employers we have worked with:
- Emava Hair Salon @ Bannatyne (Solihull)
- Regis Salon (Birmingham)
- Tandis Hair and Beauty (Birmingham)
- Lemuria Urban Retreat (Birmingham)
- Bijou Hair Salon (Sutton Coldfield)
I am really enjoying the course and have learned about colouring, cutting, blow drying and styling hair. We also learn how to work with clippers for gents’ hair and do theory and practical work in the salon. When I went to the open day, I felt they made time for me.
The example roles and salaries below are intended as a guide only.
Average Salary: £22,000
Average Salary: £17,709
Average Salary: £17,442
Average Salary: £21,046
Area manager (retail)
Average Salary: £34,762
Average Salary: £21,849
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