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Hair Professional Apprenticeship
Hair Professional Apprenticeship

Hair Professional Apprenticeship

Level 2

Course Overview

Part Time

This apprenticeship standard is aimed at a salon junior, assisting senior staff while training as a junior stylist. The programme will cover a wide range of hairdressing techniques which will be assessed throughout the programme, leading to achieving the Diploma in Hairdressing before going through the end point assessment.

In addition to completing all the on-programme assessment requirements for the Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing / Barbering), a range of core behaviours will also be developed. These could include a good awareness of potential health and safety risks; evidence of being able to work without supervision to a high level of precision; effective communication with colleagues and members of the public and an exceptional level of customer care.

Ideal for:

  • Junior Stylist
  • Junior Colourist

Benefits for learners

  • Achieving a nationally recognised qualification
  • Ability to train with talented stylists
  • Progression to specialist areas such as colouring
  • Clear career path in the Hairdressing industry

Delivery model and duration:

Blended delivery including one day per week in College

Duration: 24 months plus 2 months End Point Assessment 

Qualification - Diploma for Hair Professionals

Components - Functional Skills English and maths Level 1

The apprenticeship will cover the following core areas:

  • Shampooing
  • Styling and finishing
  • Cutting
  • Colouring
  • Consultation
  • Customer Service

End Point Assessment

Over six hours the apprentice will have to showcase their skills on real models to include:

  • Consultation
  • Cutting
  • Styling and Finishing
  • Colouring

Benefits to business

  • Qualified and competent staff
  • Improved staff productivity
  • Offering the latest styles and techniques
  • Having a competitive advantage




An essential part of the hairdressing service you will need to master. You need to be a good communicator and provide clients with advice and recommendations. Be able to analyse and recognise different hair and scalp conditions, characteristics and classification. Follow salon policies and manufactures instructions.

Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp

Be able to select the hair and scalp type correctly and practically demonstrate you know the massage techniques to use. As this is usually the first service the client experiences in the salon.


Show you have an eye for design to create styles of precision, disconnected cuts for fashion and classical techniques. Once you have mastered the basics you need to show and develop your creative skills this will enhance your career as a stylist.

Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques

Understand the science of colouring and lightening the hair. How to use the different tools, equipment, products and techniques used. Show innovative methods of colour placement in order to enhance the client’s style. Resolve basic colour problems.

Styling and finishing hair Part A and dressing Part B

These skills are important to create the overall finish the client demands. You need to show your ability to finish the hair in various ways using different techniques and equipment. This includes understanding products to use and been able to style various lengths of hair whether as a blow dry finish or a hair up.

  • GCSE's in English and maths grade 9-3 or A* - D

  • Completers may want to progress to Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 3

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If you would like to apply for this course, please add it to your shortlist. You may then add further courses to your shortlist or continue to complete your application.

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Hair Professional Apprenticeship

What You Will Pay

Please contact Student Services on 0345 155 2020 for pricing information.

If you want to work in a vibrant, ever-changing industry, a career in hairdressing, beauty and spas could be the right choice for you. 

Employment prospects in this industry are diverse and exciting, with opportunities to work in high street salons, hotels and spas, or perhaps on cruise ships travelling the world. You may even like to set up your own business. 

As a student, you’ll have the chance to use industry-standard facilities in our on-site salons at the Cheltenham, Gloucester and Forest of Dean campuses. 

Throughout your training programme you will carry out treatments for your peers as well as for paying clients, giving you the chance to develop your skills and gain the widest possible range of experiences. 

Student Stories

Georgina Wilson

My aunty owns her own spa and really sparked my interest in the beauty industry. My dream is to become a Beauty Therapist and my course has taught me all of the skills needed, as well as how to be professional and confident. If you want to study a hands-on course, I would definitely recommend GC for its wide range of courses and facilities."

Georgina Wilson

Level 2 – Beauty Therapy – Cheltenham Campus

Kasey Tyler

I was originally doing A Levels and was going to work in engineering! Doing hair has always been something I enjoyed. College is very different to school. I like how everyone respects each other, and it’s friendly here. I went in not knowing anyone and they’re now my closest friends. At first I wasn’t very confident but the more I did it the easier it got. When I started talking to our clients more, I felt way more comfortable asking for help. 100% I’m more confident now!

Kasey Tyler

Level 2 - Hairdressing - Forest of Dean Campus

Cornelia Smith

I chose my course because I really enjoy hairdressing – I like styling people’s hair and making them feel happy after I’ve finished with their look. I like learning new things, learning different colours and how to do different cuts. I find the processes really interesting. I work at a salon currently and would like to stay on there. Getting that experience of a salon, seeing how stylists do different things in different ways is really good to see.

Cornelia Smith

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham

Lucie Scammell

I like doing colour because it’s more creative and you can do a lot more with it. It's really satisfying with the before and after photos. Finding clients but it is a really good way to learn and do the assessments. My lecturers are really good, they’re always there to help. I wasn’t very confident with cuts but the more practice I’ve had, the more confident I felt doing haircuts. It’s really lovely getting the client feedback afterwards.

Lucie Scammell

Level 3 - Hairdressing - Cheltenham Campus

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