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Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Media Make-up
Start Date
Study Mode
Typical duration 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

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. As a minimum, you should have 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and Maths. If you do not have a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects.

What will I study?

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a Hairdresser and will 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

Observations and knowledge tests will be used to assess skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals.

Method of delivery

Hairdressing apprentices attend College on a day release basis and work for their employer for the rest of the time. If required Functional Skills are delivered as a separate block release.

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. If required, the Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of observation and questioning whilst working on 2 models and will last a maximum of 6 hours.

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

Hair Professional – Hairdressing apprenticeship Level 2.

Diploma for Hair Professionals – Hairdressing Level 2.

Good course combinations

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, starting your own business 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 College Apprenticeships 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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