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Hair Professional (L2) Standard


Type: Full Time

Subject: Hairdressing, Beauty and Complementary Therapies


Start Date: Please contact the Information Centre for start date information

Fee: Please contact the Information Centre for fee information

Course Length

2 Years


Level 2

Who is it for


If you haven't already got an employer visit our latest vacancies–vacancies/.

Do you enjoy working in a busy, fast past environment?
Are you looking to kick start a career within the hairdressing industry?

The fair and beauty sector is more diverse than you probably realised.
Apprenticeships here often take place in small businesses that operate as self–employed freelancers, running their own business and visiting clients at home. Other find themselves working in spas, health farms, holiday resorts, and even film and TV sets.

You can progress into working in sales, marketing, PR and photography or choose to concentrate on the business aspects of running your own salon.

You can apply for an Apprenticeship is you are living in England, over 16 and not in full–time education can apply.

Interview Skills Assessment

All candidates will be invited to a pre interview and initial assessments in English and Maths with the Apprenticeship Recruitment Officers.

What will I need

Entry requirements of GCSEs at grade D/3 and above including Maths and English. Plus a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your Apprenticeship.
You will also need a suitable supportive employer who will guide you through your apprenticeship. Vacancies are advertised on our website ––vacancies/

What is covered

This Apprenticeship covers the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to be a trainee hairdresser within a busy salon environment. Apprentices will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for ladies and men. 

What does the course cover?
Part 1 Skills, knowledge and behaviours (Year 1)
•Professionalism and values – Time management, commitment to quality, positive attitude, industry codes of practice and ethics.
•Behaviours and communication – Client communication, client care principles and practice, reception skills, sales techniques.
•Safe working practices.
•Consultation – Assessing client's requirements, recommendations, visual aids for consultation, product testing.

Part 2 Skills, knowledge and behaviours (Year 2)
•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 create a variety of looks.
•Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques.
•Choose one option from: Perming hair, hair relaxing treatments and techniques or hair extension services.
•Mock End Point Assessment with employer and assessor.

Apprentices are expected to attend college 1 day a week as part of 20% off–the–job training. Additional off–the–job training hours are expected to be completed within the workplace.

How is the course assessed

Coursework and practical observations with an End Point Assessment.

What can this course lead to

Successful Apprentices can progress onto a Level 3 Apprenticeship, further full time employment. As a qualified hairdresser you will also be eligible for State Registration with the Hair Council.

Are there any additional costs

Learners may need to purchase uniform and/or equipment depending on the employer.

Other details

Reality check! 
You will be working on average 30 hours per week including evening and Saturdays. You will also spend a lot of time on your feet and it is important that you always look smart. The salary for hairdressers can range from £8,000 to as much as £30,000 per year. Apprentices are also expected to buy their own hairdressing kit at the start of the course which can cost on average £130.

An employed status Apprentice will:
• Earn a wage – the national minimum wage for Apprentices is £4.15 an hour, although many Apprentices earn more than this
• Get paid holidays
• Receive training
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