York College

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Hairdressers and barbers

Up to £30,000

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

Up to £27,000

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Welfare professionals n.e.c.

Up to £22,000

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Course Length

24 months.

Role Profile

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

Typical Job roles

Junior Stylist, Stylist, Colour Technician, Self-Employed Hairdresser

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 (or equivalent) including Maths and English (grade 3+).

Students with international qualifications will need to have them converted, for which there will be a cost, through the national agency for the recognition and comparison of international qualifications and skills (NARIC) website. This is required to confirm they are comparable to UK qualifications at the start of the programme in readiness for gateway and the end point assessment.


Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing (Standard).

Units include:
Professionalism and standards
Behaviour and communication
Safe working practices
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

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 or English or both.

End Point Assessment

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. End-point assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and online tests.
Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

Career Progression

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.


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