Start Date

September 2024

Entry Requirements

Proficient in English reading, writing, listening and speaking


1 year

Fees & Funding

Fully funded for 16-18

Level 2 Diploma

Women's & Men's Hairdressing

Start your career in hairdressing with this course that teaches you the fundamental skills and techniques required for hair stylists and colourists, including fashion cutting and learning how to style and finish African hair.

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Level 2 is the foundation of hairdressing; you learn your basic principles of cutting and colouring

Stacy, LCBT Hairdressing Tutor

Course Overview

Level 2 Diploma in Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing

Our Level 2 Diploma in Women’s & Men’s Hairdressing course is the ideal starting point for those wanting to pursue a career in hairdressing. You’ll learn a range of fashion cutting, styling and colouring techniques for both women’s and men’s hair and develop skills in shampooing, conditioning and dressing hair as well as how to create an image for your client. We’ll also teach you about client care and communication, health and safety in the workplace and the promotion of products and services to clients. 

Practical learning takes place in LCBT’s own Salon where you will have the opportunity to practice your skills with real clients, as well as modelling for other students and sourcing your own models for practical training and assessments. We will provide you with a uniform to wear whilst you are at college and your own hairdressing kit to practice techniques. 


  • Cutting Women’s & Men’s Hair 
  • Colouring & Lightening Hair 
  • The Art of Dressing Hair & Hair Consultation 
  • Styling Men’s Hair 
  • Shampoo & Condition Hair 
  • Create an Image 
  • Health & Safety in the Salon 
  • Styling & Finishing African Hair 


You’ll gain practical industry experience and have the opportunity to attend or take part in beauty industry shows, events and careers fairs to help build your knowledge, experience and professional network. 


Practical assessment, task assignments and online examination.  

Awarding Body & Qualification  

City & Guilds of London Institute 

Level 2 Diploma in Women’s and Men’s Hairdressing

Entry Requirements

Aged 16+

Proficient in English reading, writing, listening and speaking.

If you are 16-18 and haven’t achieved a minimum grade 4 in GCSE English and/or Maths, you will need to complete Functional Skills or the relevant GCSEs alongside your studies. This will be embedded into your course and is a mandatory government requirement.

Overseas Applicants 

Evidence of your legal right to study in the UK will be required. LCBT is unable to provide any assistance with visa applications. 

Important Information 

We are a diverse college and you may be in a group with students of all genders. You will be required to perform and receive all treatments with students on your course.  If you cannot have certain treatments performed for medical reasons please ensure you let us know when you apply. 

Start Dates 

September 2024 

November 2024 

Duration & Timetable 

One year, two days per week, including occasional weekends and evenings.

If you need to resit GCSE English or Maths or complete Functional Skills, you will study for an extra 3–6 hours per week, per subject.

Course fees 

Fully funded for students aged 16-18 

19+ and overseas applicants: £3,683 (includes materials, uniform and exam fees) 

Material fees 

16-18: £185 

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees 

Uniform fees 

16-18: fully funded 

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees 

Exam fees

16-18: fully funded

19+ and overseas applicants: included in course fees

The Level 2 Diploma in Women’s & Men’s Hairdressing gives you an excellent foundation in the skills required to work in a professional salon. On successful completion of the course you’ll be ready to start work as a Junior Stylist, and you can progress onto a Level 3 course to further your career and expand your knowledge and experience.

Our careers advisors can help you decide on the route that is right for you and offer coaching and guidance to support you in securing a job in the hairdressing industry. You’ll also have access to our online Job Shop with current vacancies across the UK. 

Progression options include: