Womens Hairdressing L2 Diploma

Course code: BD2WH

What 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 commercial salon environment and, as you progress, you will have opportunities to work with paying clients in our Hair Salons in a supported and supervised arrangement.

Various trips to national trade exhibitions and competitions are a feature on the course. New for 2016 - you may have the opportunity to take part in our French Exchange programme with Lycée Professionnel - Agen.

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. You will have the opportunity to show off your skills during the annual End of Year Showcase.

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

Former students have gone on to study the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and Apprenticeships.

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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Harriott CrouchStudent Profile: Harriott Crouch

"I chose this course because I find hairdressing interesting and I see my future in this industry. My teacher is very supportive and easy to approach. Strode College is a very welcoming place where I feel safe. It has a very friendly atmosphere and has given me opportunities that will help me later in life.”

Former school: Whitstone School
Harriott gained the Level 2 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing and she is now studying the Level 3 Diploma in Womens Hairdressing. She plans to open her own salon in the future.


Hairdressing Student of the Year – Bethany Fraser

Studied: NVQ Level 2 Diploma Women’s Hairdressing (Pass) and Functional Skills Maths Level 2 (Pass) 
Home town: Street
Previous school:
 Weston College
Where now?
 Working and training as an Advanced Hairdressing Apprentice at Tranquillity Salon in Street.
Beth maintained a motivated and committed approach to her studies from the outset, with a quietly confident focus. Her theory assignments were well researched, presented to deadlines and showed a high level of understanding of the industry. Alongside this she had excellent customer care skills that she honed repeatedly in the salon. As a result of her manner and determination, Beth secured a full-time position at Tranquillity Hair in Street which has led to progression to Level 3 study as an Apprentice.

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SC111Strode College, Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0ABOne Year05 Sep 16No fee for 16-18 year olds