In the UK there are over 35,700 hairdressing salons employing 200,000 people. There are a variety of salon types. All salons offer cutting, styling and chemical services. Some salons offer services to both women and men.

Apprenticeships are the traditional way for training hairdressers. This 18 month apprenticeship programme offers you a work based learning route into the hairdressing industry, using qualifications that combine both skills and knowledge.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    Mandatory units:

    • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
    • Promote additional services or products to clients
    • Provide hairdressing consultation services
    • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

    Optional units:

    • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
    • Provide colour correction services
    • Creatively style and dress hair
    • Creatively dress long hair
    • Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

    You will also complete courses in:

    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 2
    • English functional skills level 2
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.

  • Entry Requirements

    For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the role of a stylist or hairdresser. Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to:

    • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene
    • Practical, organisational and social skills
    • Attention to detail and cleanliness
    • Good communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone
    • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract
    • A high degree of dexterity and coordination
    • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the chemicals, liquids and aerosols used in hairdressing may have a signi cant effect on their health condition.
    • Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in the wide use of artificial colouring products and services in the industry.
  • Progression

    On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, you may wish to progress to salon management.

  • Assessment Method

    Competence qualification: You must achieve a minimum of 37 credits to achieve this qualification. Some of these units are mandatory and some you may choose with the agreement of your employer and Assessor. Your Assessor will go through these units with you and your employer in more detail and discuss how the credits work so you may achieve your qualification successfully. Your Assessor will visit you in the workplace to assess you to ensure you meet the minimum national standards.

    Workskills: Edexcel Level 2 Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment.

    Personal learning and thinking skills:

    • Creative thinking
    • Independent enquiry
    • Reflective learning
    • Self-management
    • Teamwork
    • Effective participation.

    Transferable skills qualifications

    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
    • English Functional Skills Level 2

    Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) The ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities) programme is now covered by the online e-learning found on the Instructus website.

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 3

Location Isleworth

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, you may wish to progress to salon management.

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