Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
October 1 year Level 2 Full-Time City Campus Skills & Qualifications

What’s it all about?

This course if for anyone who has a passion for hairdressing and who would like to embark on a career in the hairdressing industry.

You will learn to shampoo, style, cut, colour and perm hair as well as developing your communication skills to help with retail sales, consultation techniques and reception duties.

You will also have the opportunity to attend master classes, listen to guest speakers from the industry, participate in competitions and take part in external trips and visits.

You will need at least two GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and preferably maths or a Hairdressing NVQ Level 1. You will also complete a practical skills assessment.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire You will need to provide your own stationery, pens, pencils, notebook and A4 ring binder file. You will also be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits, these will incur an additional cost.

The course is taught using both practical and theoretical methods in the classroom and our training/commercial salon. You will practice techniques on block heads and other students in the class and practical assessments will be carried out on models/clients. You will also complete an industry placement.

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

What’s next?

After completing this course you could progress onto a full time level 3 course or secure an apprenticeship at level 3.
You could also apply the skills and knowledge you have developed to gain employment in the industry.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

We are the College of the Year

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College?

94.7% of our students progressed to further study, university or employment


(*Based on 16-18 year olds desination data 2016/17 academic year)

Our achievement rates are well above the national average

We have the widest range of courses in the region.

We have recently invested £50 million in our facilities.