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Hairdressing Technical Certificate

Cornwall College St Austell LEVEL: 2 Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

A hairdresser’s job is to make their clients look and feel more confident, as well as being incredibly sociable. So if you would like a job in a salon or would love to be your own boss one day, then studying hairdressing at one of our campuses is definitely for you.

To be a hairdresser you have to be creative and a great communicator. If you excel in both these things then you will go far. Engaging with your clients is essential if you want them to leave your salon feeling great about themselves and come back time and time again. Being able to interpret what look your client wants into a hairstyle that suits them and they are happy with is a real talent and will give a great sense of job satisfaction. This course will teach how to do all those things and more.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You wish to pursue a career in the hairdressing industry, you're creative and a great communicator.

You’ll need:

GCSE English and maths at grade 4, or an equivalent qualification.

You’ll learn:

In our industry standard salons, which are open to the public, you will learn the basics of hairdressing including basic cutting, shampooing, conditioning, changing hair colour, styling and finishing hair. You will also learn how to consult with clients, promote products and retail sales and learn how to achieve the latest looks with cut and colour techniques. Regular tutorials and demonstrations from teaching staff will help reinforce your knowledge, giving you the confidence to practice in paid employment.


To train in purpose-built salons which are open to the public. There will also be a practical and theoretical exam. You will also enhance your skills in customer service and client care in the salon and at the reception making appointments and the promotion of retail products and services. Everything you need to know to begin your career as a hairdresser is covered on this course. In addition to the main qualification you will attend a work placement in a salon to gain work experience and knowledge of employability skills and expectations of being part of a team in this fast paced industry.

You’ll love:

Taking part in masterclasses with experts in this industry. Read more here.

You’ll go on to:

Our Hairdressing Diploma Level 3, or employment as a hairdresser in salons.

Careers in this industry 

- Hairdresser in a salon
- Self-employed hairdresser
- Salon manager
- Hairdresser on a cruise ship

Progression Courses


Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy


Hairdressing Certificate

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


1 year


Traci French Team Lead - Hairdressing

Traci has over 25 years' experience working in the hair and beauty industry, working in Bristol and Truro as a stylist, senior stylist and salon manager. Traci now leads the hairdressing lecturing team at Cornwall College and also manages the commercial training salon, koko, at Cornwall College in Pool.

"I am continually excited about the challenges and opportunities we are faced with, which help us train people to be prepared for careers in such a creative and fluid industry.”

Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

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