Level 2 hairdressing

Level 2 - 5 GCSEs(A*-C) or BTEC 1st Diploma or NVQ level 2 or Equivalent

Subject Area Hair and Beauty

School Construction, Leisure and Sport

Attendance Full-Time


Do you have a passion for hairdressing? Are you looking for a course to start you on a career in the hairdressing industry? Level 2 Cutting and Styling is your first year in gaining the skills needed.

You will study within an industry style salon, using leading manufacturers and working on real paying clients.

You will have the opportunity to attend industry led shows and trips and to develop further skills through enrichment in the hair and beauty industry.

Work placement is an integrated part of this course, allowing you to gain invaluable work experience.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2018. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk.
Duration: 34 Weeks
Venue: Lifestyle Academy, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This study programme is for school leavers aged 16-18 with an interest in a hairdressing career.

Qualification Gained

If you successfully complete the course you will gain a Level 2 Technical Certificate in Hairdressing cutting and styling awarded by City and Guilds, and a functional Skills or GSCE Maths or English qualification if relevant.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong Building. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.


You can download an application here and post it FREE to:

Newcastle College
Rye Hill Campus
Scotswood Road
Newcastle upon Tyne

Alternatively call 0191 200 4000 and we will send you an application form.

Course Content

Year 1

  • Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services - including consultation and health and safety
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Style, set and dress hair
  • Plait and twist hair

Completion of these units in the first year will lead you to year two, colouring and perming.

Learning Methods

You will learn through a combination of practical salon training, Real working environment(RWE), development of essential underpinning knowledge through group work and demonstrations, lectures, case studies and compulsory ongoing formative assessments. You will also develop skills through work placement within industry.

Assessment Methods

Practical skills are assessed through an externally set, internally marked end of year assessment. This will also be externally moderated by City and Guilds. These practical ‘assignments’ will be held on a date given by City and Guilds. Theory knowledge is assessed through an externally marked end of year online or paper based exam.
If either assessment results in a fail, one resit opportunity for each theory and practical will be given. If the re-sit is failed the candidate will fail the full qualification.

Progression Opportunities

Once you have completed this qualification you will have the opportunity to progress to Level 2 Hairdressing technical certificate in colouring and perming, or Level 2 Make-up and hair artistry technical certificate.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities open to you with this qualification would be a cutting stylist in a salon or blow-dry bar or a freelance cutting technician.

Entry Requirements

To gain entry to this course you must hold at least 4 GCSE passes at grade D or above, one must be either English or Maths, or a Level 1 in Hairdressing.You must be prepared to study towards Level 1 or Level 2 in English and Numeracy or a GCSE in English and maths depending on grades.You must have good communication skills.
Ability to commit to excellent attendance is essential, 100% attendance is expected (90% minimum accepted) on this course.
 If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS score of 6.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, contact Student Services, based in Armstrong House at Rye Hill Campus. If you need information in another format (e.g. large print) or another language, please ask.

Student Services
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday and Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm

Monday - Friday: 8am - 4.30pm

Telephone Contact Centre
Monday - Thursday: 8.30am - 5pm
Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm

You can also contact us via the following:

In person: Student Services, Armstrong House, Rye Hill Campus, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA.
By phone: (0191) 200 4000 By fax: (0191) 200 4517 By minicom: (0191) 272 3304
By e-mail: enquiries@ncl-coll.ac.uk
By post: Student Services, Newcastle College, FREEPOST NT920, Scotswood Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE4 7SA (you do not need a stamp). 

Course Costs


Additional Course Costs

16 to 18s

Tuition is free for learners aged 16 to 18. A learner will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the duration of their qualification, this includes Year 2 of a qualification if the learner was aged 16-18 when they started in Year 1. Additional financial support may also be available for full-time learners, please call our Student Services team on 0191 200 4000 for more information.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility with a Student Adviser.