Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hairdressing - City & Guilds Technical Certificate in cutting and styling hair Level 2

This course is for those who wish to pursue a hairdressing career as an employed apprentice or self-employed hairdresser.

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Key information

Course code: FE0281 Course type: 16-19 (full-time), Part-time professional, Full-time Duration: 1 Year Start date: 04 September 2018 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths OR successful completion of Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing End qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Awarding body: City & Guilds Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Course fees: £1,761 Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examination

Course aims and areas

Studying hairdressing at Brighton MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience, to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

This vocational course will introduce you to a wide range of practical hairdressing techniques, and give you the opportunity to work in the our professional salon which is open to the public.

You will have the chance to learn in a practical environment and further your experience of customer service, communication, health and safety, and commerciality, all of which are highly valued by employers.

Course Units

  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition, treat hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks 
  • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques
  • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques
  • Create an image based on a theme

Why the MET?

The course provides real-world training facilities. You will use quality professional kits and products in professional salons with paying customers.

Our highly-skilled teachers have current industry experience and the department has strong industry and employer links.  

Throughout the course you will benefit from guest speakers and additional training from external companies, such as Goldwell UK, TIgi and Balmain.  

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our central campus.  

Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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Work experience

You will work commercially in Metro Hair and Beauty Salon here at Brighton MET, and have the opportunity take part in our annual hair show attended and judged by 30 local employers.

We have very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET. 

All of our students have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company. 

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own businesses. 

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

Upon successful completion of this Level 2 course you can progress to either a level 3 barbering apprenticeship or the full-time hairdressing course. Alternatively, you can move on to other specialist level 2 and 3 qualifications, such as make-up artistry, theatrical make-up, or part-time courses in hair extensions or african caribbean hair.

As you are required to have a salon placement running alongside your course, employers will often employ you on successful completion of your qualification. 

Future careers include:  

  • Barber 
  • Fashion hair styling
  • Media hairstyling 

  • Three well-equipped training salons and a commercial salon open to the public
  • High-end industry standard equipment and products
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks

Additional costs

You will be required to purchase additional kit for this course:

Kit and uniform: approx. £300 (TBC )  

Online resource: £25   

External trip to trade show: £25  

Portfolio/stationery: £5

Additional costs
  • Views Emma Ford

    “I joined Brighton MET to gain a new qualification in a subject that I had always been interested in. The college exceeded all of my expectations; I have gained knowledge, confidence and made new lifelong friends.”

    Emma Ford
  • Views Ana Darracot Hairdressing - City & Guilds Technical Certificate in cutting and styling hair Level 2

    “The MET College allowed me to pursue a career in hairdressing. The course has been well constructed, informative and the teachers are very professional. The group of students that I am in is very supportive and friendly which has made my study more easy and enjoyable.”

    Ana Darracot
  • student Views Carly Breach

    “I have loved doing this course and sad that it's now coming to an end. The college and tutors have been excellent and I would definitely recommend this course to others wanting to get into hairdressing.”

    Carly Breach
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

    “Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Lanes in Brighton.”

    Alice Robson
  • student Views Kelly Hancock Hairdressing Level 2 Apprenticeship

    “I’d say that an apprenticeship is a lot better than a full time course for me because you get used to working life. This helps with independence. The best way to learn for me is to be in the commercial environment.”

    Kelly Hancock
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing

    “Simon studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.”

    Simon Webster
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Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

2 Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

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Hairdresser or barber

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style.
  • Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments.
  • Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb.
  • Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten.
  • Shaves and trims beards and moustaches.
  • Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon.
  • Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques.
  • Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors.
  • Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1441 Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.

ENTRY £12,578

AVERAGE £15,152


Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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