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Hair Professional Apprenticeship (Level 2)

Key course information

Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies


1 year


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Course Overview

There are two distinctly different job roles within this occupational profile: Hairdresser and Barber. Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create a variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for both ladies and men.Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men.Hairdressers and barbers must be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

What will I learn?

This apprenticeship is broken down into 2 parts. All apprentices will complete the mandatory core skills and knowledge for hairdressing and barbering (part one) and will then choose the occupational option route for hairdressing or barbering (part two). You will cover units such as professionalism and values, behaviours and communication, safe working practices, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair using a range of techniques, cut facial hair into shape and shaving services.

Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE grade D (or equivalent) in Maths and English.

All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in Maths, English and ICT, where an Entry Level 3 grade must be achieved for acceptance onto the apprenticeship programme.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

The duration of this apprenticeship will take 24 months to complete.

The hairdressing pathway requires you to attend college for one day per week during term time, the barbering pathway is undertaken solely in the workplace.

Additional Costs and Information

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What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Hair, Beauty and Complementary Therapies

Career Opportunities

  • Hairdresser
  • Barber
  • Salon Manager

  • Beauty Therapist
  • Spa Therapist
  • Make-up Artist

61% of people working in beauty are aged 16 – 34

58% of people working in hairdressing and barbering are self-employed

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