Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Hairdressing - Level 2 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0078-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Qualification: VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

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 covers.

Entry requirements

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 and barbering 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
  • Plait and twist hair
  • 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 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.

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 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:

  • 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
  • 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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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

Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 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

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

Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 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
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