HAIRDRESSING

Level 2, Level 3

Course Level

Level 2, Level 3

Duration

2 years full-time

Placement

Included in course

Entry

September

Fees

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You will be trained to a high professional standard in our training and commercial salon facilities

Work in a salon, or branch out on your own as a freelance hair stylist

Want to cut it as a professional hairdresser? Discover all the essentials you need to succeed in this sector on our Hairdressing college course. If you love following the latest fashions, trends and styles and want to learn how to make people look and feel their best, this course will lay the foundations for you to thrive.

Learning different techniques over two levels of study, you will cover practical skills such as cutting, colouring, styling, shampooing and conditioning, while you will also have the chance to take part in competitions. Your training will take place in our superb commercial salons on campus, while you will also have the opportunity to apply your learning to the real world through work experience placements.

A broad range of roles are open to you upon completing this course, from working in salons or high street businesses to luxury spas and resorts, as well as specialised roles in photographic studios and hair clinics. You will also gain the skills and knowhow for branching out on your own as a freelance hair stylist.

Discover more about this course with our online taster activities, find out how you can take part.

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.

Our facilities

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.

Course breakdown

Topics you will study:

Level 2

  • Hair and scalp analysis
  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Setting and dressing hair
  • Cutting
  • Colouring
  • Styling hair
  • Working effectively
  • Reception
  • Cutting men’s hair
  • In-house competitions

Level 3

  • Advanced cutting
  • Advanced colour
  • Colour correction
  • Advanced styling hair
  • Advanced long hairdressing
  • Creative hairdressing skills
  • Competition work/fashion show

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.

Entry requirements 

Level 2 Hairdressing

  • Ideally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

Level 3 Hairdressing

  • Ideally, you must have a Level 2 in Hairdressing as well as English and/or maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above.
  • We also welcome applicants who are able to present an in-depth portfolio illustrating previous experience at interview.
  • School applicants will be required to provide a good school report, which must include attendance.
  • You should be committed, enthusiastic and have a desire to succeed in the hairdressing industry.

If you do not have a grade 4/C or above in maths and English and you are under 19, you will be required to complete an assessment so we can ensure you receive appropriate support. Applicants over 19 are not required to complete maths and English.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed on a continuous basis in a realistic working environment.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

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.

Percentage
70%

of graduate employers say relevant experience is essential to getting a job with them

Work placements

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@UCB 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.

Permjit Kaur Hairdressing Level 2 & 3 Diploma

Career opportunities

Hairdresser

Average Salary: £22,000

Hair stylist

Average Salary: £17,709

Receptionist

Average Salary: £17,442

Salon manager

Average Salary: £21,046

Area manager (retail)

Average Salary: £34,762

Sales associate

Average Salary: £21,849

Aspiring to a higher level career? Complete this course and you could progress onto our Specialist Hair and Media Make-up degree.

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Zainab’s Story

Zainab was invited to attend introductory workshops to prepare her for her college course and headlong towards a dream career in hairdressing.

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