Intermediate Diploma In Hairdressing

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Entry Requirements

The Isle of Wight College has standard entry requirements for full-time college courses, depending on the level of the course to be studied.

There may be additional entry requirements for a small number of specialist courses. If this course is one of these specialist courses, additional entry requirements will be stated below.

Who Is The Course For?

This course is a full time option and is suitable for students 16 years or above.

This course is designed for, and targeted at, those people intent on being part of the Hairdressing Industry. You should have interest, enthusiasm and a commitment to succeed and once accepted on the course will be introduced to all aspects of hairdressing. Upon successful completion of the course, you will be prepared for the challenges of industry and/or progression into further studies leading to advanced career development. You will be given the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ within this flexible programme.

What Will I Learn?

Skills and knowledge that are needed to start a career in Hair. Subjects include: Literacy and Numeracy to support you in the workplace.  Hairdressing: various cutting techniques to create different hair shapes and styles including gents; colouring, lightening; shampooing and conditioning; styling techniques; consultation and diagnostics; salon organisation; reception skills; health, safety and security; use of computers; retailing; stock control; teamwork; interpersonal skills. Opportunities exist for students to obtain further additional qualifications.

As part of this course you will attend 1 lesson per week in one of the following subjects;

  • Maths*
  • English*

* Optional for 19 plus learners.

These classes will be with subject specialists and delivered at a level to suit you.

How Will I Learn?

The learning programme incorporates demonstration and student participation, including lectures; discussions, projects, and self-directed study, using a multimedia approach where appropriate. Within the programme, students receive full support in their skill development and acquisition of competence. Specialist learning support is available. Students are assessed through practical observation of skills, questioning portfolio evidence and exams.

Enrichment Activities

  • Team Building Exercises
  • Equality and Diversity Exercises
  • Improving Communication Skills
  • Interview Techniques
  • Health Related Topics
  • Creating a mood board and an Image based on the theme.

What Can This Course Lead To?

There is a varied range of opportunities for those with the right outlook and attitude in the world of hairdressing. Successful students can progress to level 3 Certificate or Diploma in hairdressing or Top-to-Toe which includes aspects of beauty; working in Salons as stylists, salon ownership or self-employed, health farms, cruise liners, hospital work, retailing outlets, technician work, manufacturing companies or reception work.


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