Women's Hairdressing L2 Diploma

Course code: BD2WH

Hairdressing practicalWhat will you do on this course?

On this one year course you will learn all of the basic hairdressing skills and knowledge required to work as a junior stylist.

You will study the following: working in the hair industry, providing consultation services, creative hair designs and promoting products and services, health and safety, shampooing and conditioning, cutting women’s hair, colour and lighten hair, perming and the art of dressing hair.

Special features

You will study in a modern, commercial and pleasant salon environment where students are able to use current and leading products such as "L'Orèal" colour, perming and styling products. You will also have the opportunity to visit national trade exhibitions, including the Salon International Trade Show and the Clothes Show. Various trips to national exhibitions and competitions are also a feature on the course. You will also have an opportunity to participate in our annual industry day and to attend talks and presentations from representatives from the hairdressing industry.

There is also an annual hairdressing competition that is eligible to all students and is an exciting and challenging way for hairdressing skills and creativity to be showcased. This event is attended and judged by renowned and respected senior stylists and managers from the local area.

New for 2015 - You may have the opportunity to take part in an exciting exchange trip, for example to France.

How is the course assessed?

Each unit is assessed through graded observations of practical skills and on-line testing. Participation in internal and external arranged competitions is also a requirement. City & Guilds Exam Board.

University and Career progression

You could gain employment in a salon as a junior stylist or you could work in product retailing, become self employed as a freelance stylist, or progress to the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade D or above and/or NVQ Level 1 in Hairdressing.

Recommended resources

Hairdressing kit including uniform £225.


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Bethany FraserStudent Profile: Bethany Fraser

“I really enjoy the course and I am learning new skills to help me progress into a salon. I have wanted to be a hairdresser for a long time and this is now happening. The facilities at Strode are really good and the staff are really helpful.”

Bethany, a former student of Weston College, studied the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She took part in work experience weeks and joined Zumba fitness classes as a sports enrichment activity. She is now on a Level 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship at a local salon.


Mel GribbinStudent Profile: Mel Gribbin

Mel, a former pupil of Whitstone School, studied the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She has progressed to the Level 2 Diploma in Barbering and plans to work in a salon or study Hair & Media Makeup at university in the future.


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