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Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
Study Mode
24 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

If you want an exciting and varied career, hairdressing could be for you. There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified hairdressers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should ideally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including Maths and English.

What will I study?

You will work as part of a team in running a salon by shampooing, conditioning, styling, cutting, colouring and reception work, therefore gaining valuable employability skills.

  • Units include:
  • Professionalism and standards
  • Behaviour and communication
  • Safe working practices
  • Consultation
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to achieve a variety of looks
  • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques
  • Perming hair

Typical Job roles include Junior Stylist, Stylist, Colour Technician and Self-Employed Hairdresser

Method of delivery

Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time. The apprenticeship takes two years to complete. The apprentice may need to attend an extra block session for Functional Skills, Maths and/or English.

How will I be assessed?

You will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, such as a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. As part of the theory input you will carry out an online test for each unit. You will be required to pass an End-Point Assessment (EPA) which consists of practical observations and oral questions and will be graded by an external examiner.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Qualifications received

Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing)

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Your next steps

Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include Junior Stylist, Stylist, Colour Technician, self-employment, or progression onto the Advanced and Creative Professional Hair Apprenticeship Level 3.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

Katie Beal

"The course covers all aspects of hairdressing and is taught to exceptional standards, so much better than I could have anticipated. I miss when I’m not at College! I’m currently working at Zenn Hair and Beauty and in the future, I’d like to pursue my career in hairdressing, eventually owning my own salon and specialising in colouring."

Hairdressing Apprenticeship, Employer: Zenn Hair
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