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Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship Level 2 Standard

  • 2

    Level 2

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2024

  • Venue
    CCN-Main Campus

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2024, Apprenticeship


Designed for use in hair salons. Hairdressing Professionals 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. Hairdressers must be able to work with all hair types. They must also carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role, and work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

Course content includes:

  • Industry codes of practice and ethics
  • Time management
  • Quality Assurance systems
  • Legal and organisational requirements
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Waste disposal
  • Health and Safety/ client protection
  • Shampoo, condition and treat hair
  • Cut hair using a range of techniques
  • One length
  • Fringe cutting
  • Graduation
  • Precision cutting techniques
  • Style and finish hair
  • Setting/ dressing/ plaiting

You will complete the Level 2 Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship Standard.

  • This apprenticeship will involve college attendance and off the job training.
  • You will also develop your knowledge, skills and behaviours.
  • You need to have an employer to support your apprenticeship and be employed in a relevant job role.
  • The typical length of this apprenticeship course is 24- 27 months.
  • This course typically starts in September- October. The next intake will be in September 2024.

Contact our Apprenticeships Team to find out when our next course start date is. If you already have an employer for your apprenticeship, or would like more information on how to find an apprenticeship, please click Apply Now.

If you are an employer who is looking to recruit an apprentice or already have someone you would like to enrol onto the apprenticeship course, please contact our Apprenticeships Team on 01603 773365 or email to discuss the next steps.

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 3/ D in English and Maths, or Level 1 Functional Skills in English and Maths
    In order to enrol onto an apprenticeship, you need to be employed in a relevant job role and undertake a range of tasks which would enable you to complete the qualification.

Learning Outcomes

For the full apprenticeship, learners will complete:

  • Level 2 Hairdressing Professional Apprenticeship Standard
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English


Training and assessments are delivered in the workplace and in college. Apprentices will be required to attend college-based sessions as part of their training, whilst also completing off-the-job training in the workplace. You will also complete assessments and observations in the workplace.

You will need to complete Level 2 Maths and English before the End Point Assessments (EPA), and have completed a portfolio of evidence.

The EPA will provide a holistic assessment of the learner’s skills similar to an industry trade test and consists of:

  • 60- minute multiple choice test
  • 5 1/2 hour practical assessment with questioning, with at least 2 clients
  • 35- minute professional discussion with an independent assessor, underpinned by the portfolio of evidence


This course should support a learner’s progression which includes:

  • Promotion within the workplace to Graduate Stylist with their own clients.
  • Further development in the profession by studying the Level 3 Advanced & Creative Hair Professional Standard.
  • A learner may pursue a specialism in colouring or cutting to further their career opportunities.
  • Career progression may include continuation, development or promotion at work or within this sector, for instance as a Junior Stylist.

Career Progression

Achievement of the standard makes you eligible for State Registration with the Hair Council.


Apprenticeship course fees are subject to the age of the apprentice, and the size of the company
For employers with less than 50 employees who do not pay the apprenticeship levy and who take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-21 at the start of their apprenticeship, there will be no direct cost and the full training costs will be covered by Government funding. If the apprentice is aged 22+ the government partially subsides the training costs and the employer will need to pay 5% of the costs. In the case of this course, the fee would be £550.
For an employer with more than 50 employees a 5% charge will be implemented regardless of the age of the apprentice which in this case would be £550.
A levy paying company will pay the full cost of the apprenticeship from their levy account which in this case would be £11,000.
Please note that course fees are to be paid by the employer and apprentices must not be asked to make a financial contribution toward their training.
To discuss apprenticeship course fees in more detail or for more information on recruiting an apprentice, please contact 01603 773365 or

Where Next?

Why Our College?

Real Salon Environment

Our training salons are open to the public which gives you the chance to experience working on real clients before you start work.