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The College of Cape Town Hairdressing Department offers three South African Qualification Authority (SAQA) Qualifications over 3 years. These qualifications are fully accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) with the quality control falling under the auspices of the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) which was previously administered via Programme Approval with the Services SETA. The College of Cape Town is proud of the fact that it is one of a few Education and Training providers that have met all assessment and moderation requirements and have uploaded learner achievements thereby resulting in certification endorsed by the Services SETA. This means that learners that entered or will be entering this course have been and will be uploaded onto the National Learner database thereby ensuring that they are in possession of educational qualifications that are accredited and that which will be recognized both nationally and internationally.

The Hairdressing Level 2 qualification allows access to learners after Grade 9 and/or post-matric. Young and/or mature learners will have the opportunity to follow a career in Hairdressing at a Technical and Vocational Educational and Training (TVET) College instead of following the formal school learning path for pre-matric study. The primary purpose of the qualification is to empower learners with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values required to succeed in the hairdressing industry. These qualifications lays the foundation for lifelong learning as well as creating the opportunity for further education.

The three year qualification in Hairdressing offered by the College of Cape Town meets the National Qualifications Framework criteria and standards in terms of duration and structured work placement. The structured work placement component is very successfully implemented thereby ensuring that learners have relevant industry exposure during their studies. This ensures that learners are equipped with all the relevant theoretical, practical and reflexive skills and competencies that make them marketable for employment or self-employment. These qualifications aim to simultaneously build the cognitive ability and provides the required fundamental learning, necessary to access related studies at further education level. After successfully completing the three year Qualification and required industry hours the learner will have access into the Hairdressing Trade Test which is the highest National Qualification for Hairdressing in South Africa.

To view a video of CCT students competing in an international Hairdressing and Hospitality competition, please click the link below: 

Career Options

What will I be qualified as once I’ve completed this course?

  • You will become a qualified Stylist with general skills or a qualified Stylist specialising in specific areas of choice.

What will I be able to do?

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to supply services in:

  • Basic and Advanced Hair Therapy
  • Hair Cutting
  • Hair Styling
  • Make-up
  • Hair Colouring
  • Salon Administration
  • Salon Management
  • Retailing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Professional Customer Care
  • Salon Reception Duties
  • Salon Support

In which industries will I be able to work?

  • Cruise liners
  • Hairdressing Industry
  • Industry-related consultancy
  • Industry-related sales and marketing
  • Your own business
  • Lecturing at an industry-related educational/training institution

What could I do to further improve my skills and my chances of furthering my career?

After completing this qualification at College you will be able to either start your own business within the industry or work towards promotion within your career by working within your field of study and gaining experience within the industry. As with any other career, you would need to work very hard to prove your skills and abilities, be dedicated and be prepared to continue learning throughout your career.

Programme Structure

What will I be studying during this course?


  • Salon Support Services
  • Salon Administration
  • Hairdressing Communication
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • English Communication
  • First Aid
  • Health and Safety
  • Computer Practice
  • Basic Hair Cutting Techniques
  • Salon Practice – College Simulator
  • In-service Training in Industry


  • Salon Support Services
  • Salon Administration
  • Hairdressing Communication
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • English Communication
  • Make-up
  • Hair Cutting Techniques: Ladies and Gents
  • Hairstyling Techniques
  • Salon Practice – College Simulator
  • In-service Training in Industry
  • Operate a Computer in a Wholesale and Retail Environment


  • Salon Support Services
  • Salon Administration
  • Hairdressing Communication
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • English Communication
  • Afrikaans Communication
  • Chemical Services
  • Make-up (History)
  • Braiding, Dreadlocks and Hair Extensions
  • Health and Safety
  • Business Management
  • Competition Techniques
  • Salon Practice – College Simulator
  • Various product house training
  • Advanced Hairstyling Techniques
  • Life Skills (not applicable to part-time studies)

Admission Requirements

What do I need to have completed before I can apply to study this course?

  • Grade 9 passed or equivalent qualification
  • Entry into Level 3 will require competency in all Level 2 unit standards
  • Entry into Level 4 will require competency in all Level 3 unit standards
  • Must be 16 years or older

The following are required for admission into this course:

  • Students must meet the personality profile of a prospective Hairdressing candidate.
  • Students must be physically fit.
  • Students must have a placement salon to complete workplace training.
  • Students attend College from Monday to Friday, but go to the workplace for practical training on the respective salon placement days.
  • CV must be submitted with your application.
  • Project will be given to the applicant to complete prior to interviews.

Students will be required to complete an assessment to determine their level of competence in literacy and numeracy, a placement test and undergo an individual interview process to assess suitability prior to acceptance.


  • 3 years full-time – 1 year per level
  • Enrolment in January


  • All sections of the full-time course are also available on a part-time basis through an apprentice model.
  • Part-time studies are available for students employed full-time at a salon on an apprentice contract.
  • Afrikaans Communication Classes are offered on a Wednesday Morning.



The College of Cape Town Wynberg Campus has a fully functional Trade Test Centre. The Centre is fully accredited by the National Artisan Moderator Body and also the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

The Centre has fully trained and accredited constituent assessors and moderators that work in close conjunction with the Services SETA in administering all Trade Tests.

To apply for a Trade Test in Hairdressing, please contact Zurina Awaldien on tel. 021 003 0904 or email on at the Services SETA Regional Office.

Any Trade Test enquires will be handled by Mrs Maasdorp at the Wynberg Campus on tel. 021 797 5540 or email