Apprenticeship Standard in Hair Professional Level 2

An apprenticeship is a programme which includes training at work with your employer and off the job training. It is for people of any age above 16. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices learn whilst actually doing the job and you can ‘earn while you learn’. Apprenticeships also enable apprentices to gain a license to practice in a regulated

profession (such as accountancy, gas fitting, electrical installation and dental nursing). The college will work with you to find a suitable employer for your apprenticeship or you may have an employer who is willing to support you on your apprenticeship journey. There are various levels of apprenticeships you can do for example, level 2 or level 3 and

up to degree level. Whilst you are an apprentice, you will be paid the minimum apprenticeship wage. These rates are different according to your age. However the majority of employers we work with, pay far more than this. You can see the salaries and our job vacancies on line at
This apprenticeship programme usually lasts for 24 months but can be dependent upon your prior experience.

Your apprenticeship consists of several elements. These include, a Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals, completion of a work-based portfolio that comprises of on-site performance evidence, witness testimonies and photographs Functional Skills at level 1 (if you do not have a recent GCSE grade 2 in maths and English you will be required to attend college to complete this).). You will also complete 20% of your time during the apprenticeship completing off the job training.

Arrangements for your off the job training

You will attend Tameside College for 35 weeks for 6 hours per day to complete your training where you will learn in both the classroom (i.e. safe working practices, behaviours and communication) and salon (i.e. different styling and cutting techniques.

Skills you will develop during your apprenticeship:

Professionalism and values; behaviours and communication

Safe working practices; consultation; 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
3 x GCSE grade 3 and minimum GCSE grade 1 in maths and English
You will be assessed on your apprenticeship at work by your visiting trainer/assessor and for the knowledge/technical

elements at college by your teacher. Evidence produced in the workplace for your apprenticeship programme will be continually assessed on an ongoing basis throughout your apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment of your apprenticeship involves a 6 hour (maximum) practical assessment and oral questioning with an independent assessor. You will be required to work on 2 models and be able to demonstrate skills and knowledge of cutting, styling and finishing hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks; colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques. You will also be able to demonstrate professionalism and values, safe working practices, consultation and communication skills. These will all be supervised by an Independent End Point Assessor.
On successful completion of this apprenticeship you can:

Progress onto a level 3 Hairdressing apprenticeship

Access a range of career opportunities; a career in hairdressing offers many interesting career options which

includes working in a spa, hotel, care home, and cruise ship or holiday resort.

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Please Note: While every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of these details, changes can and do occur. Government policy changes rapidly (particularly from one academic year to the next) which often has an effect on availability, eligibility for funding and the fee contribution required. Please confirm the course details when enrolling.

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