Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ




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City & Guilds Accelerated Level 1/2 Diploma in Hairdressing

This course will prepare you for industry and is aimed at learners hoping to become qualified stylists.  During the course you will learn how to cut, perm and colour hair.  You will also undertake salon reception duties, learn how to give client consultations and how to promote salon services and products.

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Is this course right for me?

This qualification prepares you for industry and is suitable for those hoping to work as a stylist.

This practical course gives you an insight into the industry.  During the year you will study all aspects of hairdressing and build up your knowledge and technical skills in order to become a professional hair stylist.

This course will also include evening commercial sessions which you will be expected to attend to gain commercial experience.  Therefore, you will be required to make your own transport arrangements.

Please note that learners are not allowed to wear facial piercings on this course.

Eligibility (Level 2)

This course is available to learners that have the entry requirements for a Level 1 programme but show the ability to work at a Level 2 standard.  Successful completion of a practical assessment in the first 6 weeks will be required to assess ability to meet the skills requirements of the accelerated programme.  In instances where this assessment is not passed, learners will complete the Level 1 programme.

  • Two GCSEs at grade D or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh
  • Good personal presentation and communication skills are required
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

Units you will study include:

  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Style and finish hair
  • Set and dress hair
  • Cut hair using basic techniques
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Cut men’s hair using basic techniques
  • Perm and neutralise hair

You will also be required to improve your Welsh speaking skills for the workplace.

You will also have the opportunity to take part in both internal and external competitions.



You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Online examination

Future careers include qualified hairdresser/stylist with a goal of moving to a more technical or supervisory role within the industry or progression to Level 3 Hairdressing (if you complete the Level 2 programme).

  • Text books - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course, most text books are available to loan from the college library or online libraries
  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Hairdressing kit - this includes the basics you will need during the course and into the future - £399
  • Hairdressing uniform - £32/£58
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • You will need to pay a £30 hairdressing workshop fee each year before you start the Level 1 course
  • You will need to pay a £55 hairdressing workshop fee each year before you start the Level 2 course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 07/02/2024
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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