Course overview

Women’s Hairdressing Level 2 for adults City of Bristol College

This part-time, one-year course will give you skills and knowledge to help you find employment within the hair industry.

It can help you progress to a Level 3 course and Higher Education. You will attend college once a week for either a half-day or an evening class.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 19 and over who have a vested interest in the industry. You will want to turn your interest in hair design and styling into a creative, practical and sociable career.

This course has lots of opportunities for you to progress and develop.

What you'll learn

Hairdressing is an ever-popular industry in society.

With the help of this course, you will grow your knowledge from its foundations to grasp different areas of the topic. Subjects you will study include:

  • cutting
  • styling
  • colouring
  • shampooing and conditioning
  • communicating with clients.

The skills you learn can be transferred onto more advanced courses. This includes our Women’s Hairdressing Level 3 course.

Course entry requirements

To join this course you need: 

  • GCSE Grade 3 (D) or above in Maths and English


  • Functional Skills Level 1 or above in Maths and English


  • to take an initial assessment and achieve a result of Level 1 or above in Maths and English.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

This course is taught at college in our industry-standard professional hair salons.

You will have opportunities to work with real clients and paying customers. In addition, you will take part in hair and photographic competitions, where you will refine and showcase your skills and creativity.

Your teachers have a wealth of professional and teaching experience as well as excellent links with local employers and industry experts. You will have opportunities to learn with employers, as you will complete roughly 36 hours of work experience in the academic year. You will also have the opportunity to attend talks from different industry professionals, such as Goldwell and Steiner.

Your work will be assessed continually through practical assessments, assignments and online assessments. If you study English and Maths, these subjects will be assessed by exams.

Future career and study opportunities

This qualification is recognised by The Hair Council, so you will be able to progress into a career as a junior stylist with a wide range of establishments such as hair salons, spas, hotels and cruise ships.

Alternatively, you could:

  • seek an apprenticeship to continue your training while you work
  • progress to a higher-level hairdressing course to develop your technical and creative abilities. This could extend your career opportunities, for example by working in fashion, media, TV or film.

Additional costs

You will need to buy your uniform which costs £29-32 and the hairdressing kit which costs £150. If you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses are online for the time being. 

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