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Women's Hairdressing VRQ Diploma Level 2

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    If you are looking to step onto the ladder of the exciting world of hairdressing then this course is for you. This 1 year course will help prepare you to gain and develop the basic skills required to work in the hairdressing industry. It will introduce you to the discipline of a working environment and at the same time allow you to develop your artistic and creative ability. Training and studying with us will give you an opportunity to go as far as your talent will take you. This course covers a broad range of hairdressing skills and knowledge. It is taught by highly qualified and enthusiastic staff in realistic working environments at our Deane Road campus.
  • What you'll learn

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    The Level 2 Diploma course consists of 11 units, of which four units are generic and mandatory and seven units are hairdressing specific. You will learn how to: shampoo and condition, cut, colour, perm, style and dress long and short hair, promote retail products and services, design and create hairdressing images. You will also learn about client care, reception duties, the hairdressing industry, employment laws and the importance of health and safety at work.

    Elements of Study
    Your programme consists of the following elements:
    • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
    • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
    • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance,
    communication and team work)
    • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
    • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills) If required for your chosen HE course, you may wish to study English & maths to Level 3.
  • Entry requirements

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    You will possess good dexterity skills and have a keen interest in hairdressing. Good references from a previous employer or college/ school, showing a positive record of attendance and punctuality will be required.

    You must enjoy working with other people and be commited to learning, practising and participating in hairdressing training activites. Basic levels of English skills are required and you will be invited to attend a pre-course discussion.

    Following this you maybe asked to complete a pre-course practical assessment.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed on a continual basis. Practical skills will be assessed on models, colleagues and friends in a realistic working environment.

    You will attend theory classes and this will be assessed by on line testing, oral questions, short written assignments and log book completion.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services.
    These include
    FREE travel
    FREE breakfast
    dedicated Learning Development Mentors
    impartial advice and guidance
    dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs
    support with the cost of College
    plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to Hair & Media Make-up Level 3.

    Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could take up a Hairdressing Apprenticeship and work as an Apprentice Hairdresser.

    Following further study you could work as:
    • A qualified Media Make-up Artist and earn between £12,000 and £19,000 a year, depending on experience.
    • An Image Consultant, earning between £14,000 and £40,000 a year.
    • A Salon Manager, earning between £18,000 and
    £30,000 a year.
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
    • Meeting guest speakers from the industry
    • Visiting local businesses
    • Taking part in Showcase activities and relevant events
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll
    have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.

    You’ll also benefit from quality work experience and industry placements, ensuring that you’re ready for the world of work.

    You could also benefit from getting involved in
    volunteering opportunities, both locally and abroad, and youth social action projects, perfect for enhancing your CV.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    If you're a potentially high-achieving learner, capable of exceeding your targets, we will stretch and challenge you by providing the opportunity for you to study additional qualifications, with support in place to complement your study programme experience.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which
    means you’ll benefit from all that the University has
    to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your
    achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor
    Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    Plus FREE equipment worth up to £370

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    10.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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