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Hairdressing (Cutting and Styling Services) Technical Certificate level 2 – C5152

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Course Overview

The qualification aims to provide you with a range of technical practical skills and theory knowledge, which will equip you to progress on to the level 2 technical certificate in colouring services.
There are also options to Fast Track to level 3 if your skills are above average or you are 19+
You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience to start this qualification. You are likely to choose this qualification if you want to cover all of the technical skills and knowledge needed to work as a junior stylist providing cutting and styling services. In today’s market, cutting and styling services are of paramount importance. This is evidenced in the increase of blow-dry bars and the specialised roles within the hairdressing salon providing cutting and styling services.

If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 / (C) or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Students interested in the level 2 technical certificate in cutting and styling services will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them to practical tasks.
Topics include the following subjects:-
The principles of hairdressing and barbering
Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
Style, set and finish hair
Cut hair using a variety of techniques
Plait and twist hair.
You may also take functional skills or GCSE qualifications in English and maths. You will also need to undertake a minimum of 36 hours of work experience in a hairdressing salon, during the course.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and maths at grade 3 (D) or above is required.

How you will be assessed

To gain this qualification you must successfully achieve the following assessments:
One externally set, practical exam, which you will carry out in the college salon. The typical exam brief will require candidates to provide a variety of hairdressing services to a number of clients within a commercially viable time. This will require students to use consultation techniques to identify client requirements and build a professional rapport.
One externally set, externally marked written exam, sat under examination conditions. The exam is designed to assess your depth and breadth of understanding across content in the qualification at the end of the period of learning, using a range of question types. Candidates who fail the exam at the first sitting will have one opportunity to re-sit.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1700.00

Additional Costs

Female Uniform: £82.00
Male uniform: £45.00
Kits costs: £85
All costs subject to change

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

This level 2 technical certificate for cutting and styling services aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek progression on to the level 2 technical certificate in colouring and finishing or employment as a junior stylist providing cutting and styling services within the hairdressing industry. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be qualified to work in a number of employment destinations such as hairdressing salons, hotels or cruise ships. You could continue your training on a level 2 hairdressing apprenticeship.

What Happens Next

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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