This qualification is designed as an Introduction to the Hairdressing and Barbering industry.

Choosing this qualification demonstrates you have an interest in current trends in hairdressing and barbering and have a desire to pursue a role with creativity which requires a high degree of dexterity.
You will support more experienced stylists while working within a commercial environment, and complete a range of smaller services, while developing the basic skills needed to support a lifetime career within the industry

This course consists of 6 units:

  • Prepare and maintain work areas   
  • Shampoo and condition hair
  • Blow dry hair
  • Teamwork
  • Assist with colour removal
  • Reception

Each unit has both and written assessment requirements, all must be completed in order to achieve the qualification  

  • On-line testing
  • Paper-based testing
  • Practical Observation
  • Verbal Questioning
  • Client Documentation
  • Independent learning
  • Portfolio evidence

Learners will be required to undertake 35 hrs of experience of work in the hairdressing /barbering industry.

Work experience will allow you to gain a valuable insight into the expectations of working in the hair and barbering industry  

Learners are also expected to gain experience in a realistic salon environment onsite at college, working as a junior stylist assisting both Level 2 and Level 3 aid with their knowledge and progression.

  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 Retail Knowledge
  • Level 2 Hair and Media Make-up
  • Level 2 Nails
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
Level 1 – 3 x GCSES at grades E or level 2/3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements

Available for 16-18 years only

  • Barbering
  • Retail
  • Hair and Media Make up
  • Nails
  • Apprentices
  • Traineeships  
The course is free but is offered to 16 -18 year olds only

You will be expected to purchase a kit and uniform as part of the course requirements

Online via college website


  • Junior
  • Stylist support
  • Shampoo specialist
  • Hair colour remover

Learners will earn Minimum wage for 16- 18 yrs.  -currenlty £4.05 per hour when entering employment

If learners progress onto an Apprenticeship  16-18 yrs - £3.50 per hour

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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development