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

Retail and Commercial Enterprise

Retail and Commercial Enterprise
Retail and Commercial Enterprise
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0078-1C
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


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.


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

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

Your next steps...

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