Hairdressing | City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0078-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?


Studying hairdressing at Brighton MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and experience to progress to employment or further study. Training in our professional salons, you will develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality, preparing you for work in salons, hotels, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

We have recently restructured our Level 2 Hairdressing course, so it is different to what you may have seen in our prospectus. In order to create a better learning experience for our students, we have made the Level 2 qualification into a 1 year course (instead of 2), which means you will progress quicker and be able to move onto further study or employment in half the time.

The course content has been adapted to ensure that you still get all of the practical training and learning that employers tell us they need in the industry. The course covers cutting, styling and colouring.

Click on the 'course content' tab to see exactly what the course includes.

Start dates

September 2021 Apply
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
    Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Laine in Brighton.
  • 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.
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing
    Simon is a is a UK Guest Artist for KMSHair, a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing and freelance educator. He studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.
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Entry requirements

Start at Level 2 if you have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths. You can then progress on to a Level 3 qualification.

if you do not have the above grades, you can start on our Level 1 hairdressing course.

In addition to the specified entry requirements, you may be required to undergo an assessment of your English skills to ensure you are at a sufficient level for your chosen course.3 GCSEs grade 3 (C) or above, including English and maths, or successful completion of Level 1 Certificate in Hairdressing

Entry requirements

Course content

  • Principles and practices of hairdressing services
  • 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
  • Perm and neutralise hair
  • 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 Wella and Label.m by Toni & Guy.

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.

Facilities at Brighton MET

  • 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

Facilities at Brighton MET
  • Assessment

    Graded practical assessments and external examination

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 the Level 3 hairdressing course or an apprenticeship. 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:

  • Salon stylist
  • Colourist
  • Hotel/cruise hairdresser
  • Department store hairdresser
  • Senior stylist
  • Freelance hairdresser
  • Fashion hair styling
  • Media hairstyling 
  • Salon owner

Course costs

You do not have to pay fees if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status, or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

This course is free if you meet the following criteria:

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £343 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £549 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £17,004 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees:

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 2 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

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
Course costs

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

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