Hairdressing Courses

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Full Time

This course covers all aspects of European ladies' hairdressing, learning practical skills in our professional salons enhanced by theoretical knowledge. You will learn how to shampoo and condition the hair and scalp, style hair using drying and setting techniques, cut, perm, neutralise and change hair colour using basic techniques and you will have L'Oreal training days in colouring and perming. You can take part in competitions and visit trade fairs. We recommend you have salon experience whilst studying.

This course is primarily aimed at 16-18 year olds.

  • About the Course

    The teaching classes include:

    • Practical workshops and theory
    • Portfolio assignments
    • Special features - trips, exhibitions, competitions (internal and external)
    • Work placement/experience
    • Assessment feedback on your programme.

    You will study:

    • Health and safety in the salon
    • Client consultation for hair services
    • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
    • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
    • Cut women's hair
    • Cut men's hair
    • The art of dressing hair
    • Colour and lighten hair
    • Perm and neutralise hair
    • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector.

    You will also attend functional skills classes in English and Maths if you have not achieved grade C at GCSE.

  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    £294.38 new students
    Hairdressing kit, uniform and books.

    £219.48 for students progressing from level 1 hair
    Hairdressing kit & books plus optional new uniform £19.90

  • Entry Requirements
    2 or more GCSEs at grade D / grade 3 or above or Level 1 or Foundation Hairdressing with functional skills in English and maths. Some work experience dealing with the public is preferable. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Progression

    Level 3 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing (with more work experience), part-time hairdressing or beauty therapy courses and/or work as a junior stylist.

  • Assessment Method

    Assessment is continuous throughout the course. You will develop a portfolio of evidence which includes documentation of competence from observations; oral questioning, assignments and written tests. There are four areas of assessment:

    • Practical: you carry out the skill
    • Oral: you answer questions on your underpinning knowledge of the skill
    • Written: a portfolio of evidence or a written test or an assignment, depending on the unit.
    • Online tests.

How to Apply

Please click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.

Course Info

Courses for 16-18 years

Full Time

Level 2

Location Isleworth

Start Date 03/09/2020

VTCT Level 2 VRQ Diploma in Hairdressing


Margaret Harris
Lecturer in Hairdressing and Barbering

“I studied at West Thames College before becoming a manager of a Regis salon. I now work alongside the teacher who trained me all of those years ago! In teaching I have truly found my calling.”

Margaret Harris

Sandra Cooper
Lecturer in Hairdressing

Former student, Sandra, joined the college as the salon receptionist before studying for her teaching qualification. “It’s a brilliant feeling passing on your skills to the students and seeing how they progress throughout their time at college.”

Sandra Cooper
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