ST Mary's College

Level 2 Certificate in Women’s Hairdressing

The Level 2 Certificate in Women's Hairdressing is a substantial vocational qualification that will prepare you for a career as a junior hairdresser/stylist. This qualification is designed for learners aged 16 years or over and will support you to gain employment as a junior hairdresser/stylist, as the units contained in this qualification cover all the skills and knowledge required for this role. Entry onto this qualification can be via previous achievement of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing and/or a successful skills test and interview.
This is a vocational qualification and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a hairdresser/stylist including the mandatory units which include, working in the hair industry, health and safety, client consultation, shampoo and conditioning hair, cutting women's hair and the art of dressing hair.
You will also have the opportunity to further develop your understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include, colouring and lightening hair, reception duties, scalp massage services, perming hair, plaiting and twisting hair and others.
Throughout this qualification you will develop your knowledge and understanding of anatomy, health and safety, client consultation, and products, tools and equipment. You will also develop a range of technical skills enabling you to effectively consult with clients, shampoo and condition, and cut and finish their hair. You will also develop interpersonal skills, which will assist you to communicate effectively with clients.

Assignment – Yes                Exams – Yes                Practical - Yes                Kit required – Yes*

*A kit list will be sent to you. You can choose either to purchase the items yourself or centre can provide a complete kit for you, the cost of which will be added to the cost of your course. 

52 Credits Required

Mandatory Units - 36 Credits

Follow health and safety practice in the salon: 3 Credits

Working in the hair industry: 4 Credits

Client consultation for hair services: 3 Credits

Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp: 3 Credits

Cut women’s hair: 8 Credits

The art of dressing hair: 5 Credits

Optional Units - 16 Credits

Colour and lighten hair: 10 Credits

Perm and neutralise hair: 7 Credits

Plaiting and twisting hair: 3 Credits

Display stock to promote sales in salon: 3 Credits

Promote products and services to clients in the salon: 3 Credits

Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector: 7 Credits

The art of colouring hair: 7 Credits

Style and finish African type hair: 5 Credits


Provide scalp massage services: 4 Credits

Salon reception duties: 3 Credits