Hairdressing Level 2 (1 Year Route) SVQ

What is special about this course?

The SVQ 2 course will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to begin your career in hairdressing.  If you enjoy working with people in an exciting industry where you constantly gain a sense of achievement, hairdressing can enhance your creative potential.  This is the ideal qualfication for getting the full range of basic hairdressing skills.  You will carry out a range of hairdressing services on real clients in our modern salon under supervision.  Seminars, demonstrators and workshops from employers are delivered throughout the year adding value to this course.

Entry requirements

City & Guilds does not have set entry requirements for this qualification however applicants should have at least a SCQF Level 4 qualification preferably in Hairdressing N/SVQ Level 1 qualification, VTCT Hairdressing Diploma or relevant hairdressing experience e.g. a years work experience. You should have good communications skills and show attention to personal presentation. For non-English speaking students literacy Level 2 is a requirement. Applicants who do not hold a relevant qualification may still apply. All applicants selected for interview will be required to undertake a diagnostic test which includes a written statement and a practical activity. The selection process will include a discussion of your application at interview and you should be able to demonstrate a clear interest in pursuing a career in this field.

This course covers eight units which include:

  • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp;
  • Blow dry hair to create a range of finished looks;
  • Cut hair using basic techniques;
  • Set and dress hair;
  • Customer care;
  • Colour hair using basic techniques

In this course you will also study five Core Skills, including communication, ICT and numeracy, which can help you to gain the essential skills required for life, learning and employment.

Work placement is essential while studying for this qualification.


If you apply and are eligible for a Bursary and/or EMA, a hairdressing kit will be provided.  If you do not qualify, you will have to pay for your own kit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Practical hands on, face to face teaching, independent study using online support materials

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course can provide progressing to Hairdressing SVQ Level 3.  You can also achieve your NVQ Level 2 Barbering unit at our night school class.

You should be able to find work in a salon as a junior stylist.

Is there more information available online?

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