Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies – School Leaver

Hair and beauty student putting on make up onto a woman


This qualification will develop a complete repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist. You will learn in our fully equipped professional hair salon and get the opportunity to work with real clients.

Course Content - What will I learn?

This qualification will develop a complete range of technical skills to prepare you for employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist practising in a realistic working environment.

Some of the subjects covered include:

Health and safety
Client consultations
Shampooing and conditioning hair
Cutting women’s hair
Colouring and lightening hair
Dressing hair

You will also study English and maths as part of your programme at the appropriate level for you. Work experience, enrichment and employability will also form an integral part of your course.

Am I right for the course?

All students who have a keen interest in hairdressing will enjoy this course. You will need to be organised, committed and willing to work independently and as part of a group, as the course is both rigorous and demanding in an academic and practical sense. If you think this suits you, then you will find the course interesting, stimulating, challenging and very rewarding.

Three GCSEs with 3 points or at Grade D or above or a relevant Level 1 qualification.

Assessment is evidenced in a portfolio of work. Assessments include examination, observation, written assignments and oral questioning. You will treat clients in the commercial salon and will receive practice treatments from students.

It is a requirement that students will attend a late night weekly and will need to arrange appropriate transport home at this time, as this reflects industry standards.

All courses in this area will have a mandatory kit and uniform. This is to be ordered at August enrolment.
Please note: You might be eligible for financial help to pay for required items. Please contact our support team to find out more information.

The college is currently working with employers to support students to access essential work experience opportunities. This includes virtual speakers, employers giving talks on site or placements with employers. Additional off-site trips will be available and linked to course units. (Additional costs may occur)

Additional professional development alongside the could include barbering skills and nano hair treatments.

What Next?

Progression onto Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing Studies, barbering or employment.

Our Hair and Beauty courses enable you to work in a wide variety of salons, nail bars, spas, cruise ships, or even work abroad in luxury resorts. Depending on the level you choose to study, we recommend that you carry on climbing the ladder within Oaklands, and then onto university or into employment.

Potential careers:

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Theatrical and Media Makeup Artist
  • Nail Technician
  • Massage Therapist
  • Salon Management
  • Beauty Consultant
  • Reflexologist
  • Aromatherapist
  • Skincare Consultant
  • Hairdresser/stylist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

In need of more advice?

Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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