Apprenticeships in Hairdressing

Intermediate Hair Professional (Level 2), Advanced Hairdressing (Level 3)

Where to begin……………………
If you want to be an apprentice in Hairdressing and don’t yet have an employer, contact our apprenticeship recruitment team; 01228 822798 or email Deborah Macleod at

If you already have an employer, or are an employer, contact our apprentice recruitment team; 01228 822708 or email Oli Matthews at

Hair Professional apprentices will be able to shampoo, condition and cut hair using a range of techniques and style and finish hair to create a variety of looks; however, Hairdressers will also colour and/or lighten the hair of both ladies and gentlemen. Hair professionals must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair, to very curly, wiry hair.

Apprentices need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrating the professional behaviours, values, communication skills and the safe working practices associated with their role. Hair Professionals must be able to work without close supervision and to a high level of accuracy, while providing exceptional customer service.

Reference: A0046SC
Duration: 24 months
Course Dates: Ongoing
Type: Part Time (Day release)
Contact: Ceri Irving

Course Content

  • How shampoos, tonics and conditioning products affect the hair and scalp, when and how to use different massage techniques and the various effects of conditioning treatments.
  • How and when to use different cutting techniques, relevant tools and the effects achieved thereafter; weight distribution and working with the natural growth patterns of the hair; cutting angles and resulting weight distribution; balance and the degree of graduation.
  • Current techniques, products, tools and equipment for drying and finishing men and women’s hair, hair-up styles, setting and dressing, finger drying, plaiting/braiding and twisting, as well as using additional hair.
  • The principles of colour selection and products, how the natural pigment within hair affects the choice of colour, the effect of different colouring and lightening products on the hair structureand when to use the different types of lighteners and toners available.
  • The effects of perms and neutralisers on the hair structure, products and equipment, contra- indications to perming hair and tests required throughout the perming and neutralising processes.
  • Use a range of cutting techniques including club cutting, scissor over comb, clipper over comb, outlining, freehand, layering, graduating, texturizing, and razor cutting.

What will you learn?

  • To demonstrate professionalism and a passion for the industry; have a commitment to quality, a positive attitude and team working; work under pressure; observe time management and self-management; show a willingness to learn; complete services in a commercially viable time and to a high standard; meet organisational and industry standards of appearance; observe professional ethics.
  • To greet clients in a friendly manner; choose the most appropriate way of communicating with clients; be helpful and courteous at all times; adapt behaviour in response to each client; respond promptly to clients seeking assistance; establish client expectations and needs; explain clearly any reasons why the client’s needs or expectations cannot be met; willingly undertake wider salon duties, including reception duties where appropriate.
  • To maintain effective, hygienic and safe working methods; adhere to workplace, suppliers’ or manufacturers’ instructions for the safe use of equipment, materials and products; meet legal and organisational requirements; maintain the client’s modesty, privacy and comfort; minimise risks of cross-infection, injury or fatigue;  promote environmental and sustainable working practices; ensure personal hygiene and protection meets industry, organisational and local authority requirements; and correctly use Personal Protective Equipment.
  • To creatively assess the client’s requirements; examine the hair, skin and scalp; facial characteristics including face shape, skin tone, hair colour, lifestyle and suitability; conduct visual checks and any necessary tests on the hair, skin and scalp; advise clients on services or products; identify the client’s hair characteristics and hair classification; advise clients on hair maintenance and management.

End point assessment (Takes place at the end of the course):

  • Synoptic assessment of professional knowledge and behaviours
  • Practical exam (6 hours hairdressing)
  • Professional discussion

Entry Requirements

  • A courteous and enthusiastic attitude
  • An empathetic and reliable character
  • Legible handwriting and ICT literate
  • GCSE maths and English at grade C, 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2 (or willingness to work towards)
  • Customer service experience (preferred but not essential)

N.B. GCSE maths and English at GCSE grade C, 9 to 4, or Functional Skills Level 2 is a requirement for the Advanced Hairdressing (Level 3) Apprenticeship.

Possible job roles

Hairdresser, Senior Stylist, Salon Manager, Production Make-Up Artist, Wigmaker.


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