Hairdressing | City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing | Northbrook MET

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Course Code: FE0281-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Broadwater Campus Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Women's Hairdressing Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?


Studying hairdressing at Northbrook MET is hands-on, exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and experience to progress to employment or further study. Our commercial salon, based at Broadwater Campus, is the perfect learning environment for our students. Popular with local customers, the salon is run as a professional business, which allows our students to gain real-life work experience that is so valued by future employers.

You will develop your skills in customer service, communication and commerciality as well as cutting, styling and colouring, preparing you for work in salons, hotels, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

Our expert tutors have years of professional experience and inspire our students to reach their potential and prepare them for employment. The MET has excellent links with the industry and you will take advantage of this through guest lectures/visits.

Start dates

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  • Hairdressing | City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma | Northbrook MET - Salon
  • Northbrook Broadwater campus

Entry requirements

To start at Level 2 you should have at least 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths.

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.

Start on the Level 1 introduction to Hair & Beauty course, if you do not have the above grades.

Entry requirements

Course content

On this course you will learn:

  • Principles and practices of hairdressing services
  • Advising and consulting with clients
  • Shampooing, conditioning, treating hair and scalp
  • Cutting hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Styling and finishing hair using a range of techniques
  • Colouring and lightening hair using a range of techniques
  • Perming and neutralising hair
  • Creating an image based on a theme

Why this course at the MET?

  • Professional salon with paying customers
  • Industry-experienced teachers
  • Salon with added IT facilities

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

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is our fantastic Broadwater Campus. With a public salon, training salons and well-equipped classrooms, Broadwater is the ideal place to study Hairdressing. There is a modern canteen on site serving hot and cold food, a coffee shop (which serves Starbucks beverages) and a Learning Resource Centre (Library) for all your research needs.

Work experience

You will work commercially in our Hair and Beauty Salon, 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 Northbrook 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

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

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

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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who 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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