Hairdressing diploma

This diploma course has been designed for those who have a basic skillset in hairdressing but would like to develop their knowledge of hairdressing further.

Course overview

At a glance




6-8 months



About the course

Please note this course is available in Liverpool City Region and West Yorkshire due to funding. We also offer an equivalent apprenticeship with is available throughout England.

This course is designed for those who already have basic hairdressing skills and aims to enhance and develop those skills, knowledge and behaviours you already have.

Full hairdressing training is not given as this is a diploma only course.

Is this course right for you?

This course is right for you if you are already working in a salon and want to gain a  recognised qualification in order to advance your career. You should be excited to learn more about the hairdressing world and are willing to set aside time to work on your qualifications.


Emma Peel from Nottinghamshire was awarded a Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning and soon you will be putting yourself out there more than you ever have before!

Emma Peel, Richo’s hair and beauty salon

What you’ll learn

As a hair professional there are skills you will need to have to be able successfully work within this sector.

You’ll complete a series of learning activities covering:

  • Safe working practices including the use of equipment, materials and products
  • Client consultation
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Hair cutting and colouring techniques
  • Style and finish

How you’ll learn

You’ll receive a comprehensive, salon-focussed training programme delivered by a passionate team of industry experienced and expert trainers. We deliver a blended learning programme in-salon and scheduled around the business needs which includes:

You will learn through:

  • Remote webinars
  • Independent study
  • Face to face salon visits
  • Shadowing other hairdressers at work

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Performance manager


Performance manager

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.


Training & development officer


Training & development officer

I am a highly motivated and conscientious individual with vast experience as a hairdresser and trainer. I also have many years of experience in customer service and the training of others within a school and college environment and as a manager at professional ownership level. I love my work as a trainer and take great pleasure in watching learners grow in confidence as they learn new skills, knowledge and behaviors that will give them the chance to succeed in their chosen career.

Frequently asked questions

What is a diploma in hairdressing?
A diploma is hairdressing is a six to eight month course which teaches the basics of hairdressing which are essential for anyone in today’s hairdressing industry.
How long does it take to get a diploma in hairdressing?
The diploma in hairdressing takes approximately six months to complete from start to finish.
Can you be a hairdresser without qualifications?
You can become a hairdresser without having prior qualifications. Our courses teach the skills needed to work in this fast-paced industry.
What to know before becoming a hairdresser?
Before becoming a hairdresser, it’s important to understand that the role can be fast-paced, full on and you will spend your days on your feet. You’ll also need to be a great communicator and happy to learn the technique elements of the job such as colour theory and cutting angles. This isn’t for everyone, but for a hairdresser, it’s the best job there is out there.
Can you become a hairdresser at 40?
Yes! As long as you are over the age of 16 and not in full-time education, you can undertake an apprenticeship to become a hairdresser. Many of our learners find apprenticeships are a great way to make a career move – at any age!

Ready to take the next step?

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