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Level 2
Cheltenham Forest of Dean Gloucester

Course Overview

Full Time

Ideal if: You want to pursue a career as a hair stylist

You’ll learn: The basic techniques required in a hair salon

Expect: Great industry style hair salons

You’ll love: The hair masterclasses by industry experts


This course will introduce you to a range of hairdressing skills and technical knowledge.

You will study:

  • Shampooing and conditioning
  • Conditioning treatments
  • A variety of setting and dressing techniques
  • Blow drying
  • Basic cutting techniques
  • Basic colouring techniques including foiling
  • Plaiting and twisting
  • Hairdressing Theory
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Safety
  • Promotion of products and services.

Alongside these vocational subjects students will be expected to undertake:

  • Industry related work placements
  • Maths and English (dependant on prior grades)
  • Character Development
  • Independent study where students will undertake learning to enhance their understanding of the vocationally related theory.
  • Charity, community and voluntary events often related to Hair and Beauty which may be in addition to your timetabled hours.
  • Seminars, workshops with industry employers and suppliers
  • Trips and visits (Costs TBC).

You will take paying clients to gain the widest possible range of experiences and employability skills. As in a professional salon, students will be expected to give our clients the highest possible customer care and portray a professional image and are required to wear a salon uniform whilst in the salons.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continual assessment throughout the course
  •  Oral questioning
  •  Written assignments and projects ·
  • Online tests · Practical assessments which are undertaken on paying clients. ·
  • A Portfolio of Evidence.

There are supplementary costs for material, books, course trips and visits. Financial assistance may be available. Please enquire with Student Services for further detail.


  • Typical Entry Criteria

    • Three GCSE subjects at Grade 3 and above:

      Gloucestershire College welcome any other/combinations of relevant qualifications that are comparable and/or equivalent to the typical course entry requirements.

      For 19+ applicants that do not have recognised qualifications may still meet course entry requirements through alternative methods of assessment at the College’s discretion.

      All queries regarding course entry criteria including the equivalency of qualifications and exceptional extenuating circumstances should be directed by email to the Admissions Department through applications@gloscol.ac.uk.

  • The general progression route for our Hairdressing programme is:

    Hairdressing (Level 3) BTEC Diploma 


    Employment in industry

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If you want to work in a vibrant, ever-changing industry, a career in hairdressing, beauty and spas could be the right choice for you. 

Employment prospects in this industry are diverse and exciting, with opportunities to work in high street salons, hotels and spas, or perhaps on cruise ships travelling the world. You may even like to set up your own business. 

As a student, you’ll have the chance to use industry-standard facilities in our on-site salons at the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses. 

Throughout your training programme you will carry out treatments for your peers as well as for paying clients, giving you the chance to develop your skills and gain the widest possible range of experiences. 

Student Stories

Georgina Wilson

My aunty owns her own spa and really sparked my interest in the beauty industry. My dream is to become a Beauty Therapist and my course has taught me all of the skills needed, as well as how to be professional and confident. If you want to study a hands-on course, I would definitely recommend GC for its wide range of courses and facilities."

Georgina Wilson

Level 2 – Beauty Therapy – Cheltenham Campus

Kasey Tyler

I was originally doing A Levels and was going to work in engineering! Doing hair has always been something I enjoyed. College is very different to school. I like how everyone respects each other, and it’s friendly here. I went in not knowing anyone and they’re now my closest friends. At first I wasn’t very confident but the more I did it the easier it got. When I started talking to our clients more, I felt way more comfortable asking for help. 100% I’m more confident now!

Kasey Tyler

Level 2 - Hairdressing - Forest of Dean Campus

Cornelia Smith

I chose my course because I really enjoy hairdressing – I like styling people’s hair and making them feel happy after I’ve finished with their look. I like learning new things, learning different colours and how to do different cuts. I find the processes really interesting. I work at a salon currently and would like to stay on there. Getting that experience of a salon, seeing how stylists do different things in different ways is really good to see.

Cornelia Smith

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham

Lucie Scammell

I like doing colour because it’s more creative and you can do a lot more with it. It's really satisfying with the before and after photos. Finding clients but it is a really good way to learn and do the assessments. My lecturers are really good, they’re always there to help. I wasn’t very confident with cuts but the more practice I’ve had, the more confident I felt doing haircuts. It’s really lovely getting the client feedback afterwards.

Lucie Scammell

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham Campus

Proud To Be Working With

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Stuart Holmes
Laura Leigh
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