Hairdressing Courses

Apprenticeships are the traditional way of training hairdressers. This 1 year day-release apprenticeship is for people already working or looking for work in hairdressing. It gives you the opportunity to earn money as you train, gain a nationally recognised qualification, and improve your career prospects. You will be assessed on and off the job and training is free - there's usually no cost to you or your employer.

  • About the Course

    You will study:

    Mandatory units:

    • Ensure responsibility to reduce risks to health and safety
    • Give clients a positive impression of yourself and your organisation
    • Advise and consult with clients
    • Shampoo and condition hair and scalp
    • Style and finish hair
    • Set and dress hair
    • Cut hair using basic techniques.

    Optional units:

    • Fulfil salon reception duties
    • Promote additional products or services to clients
    • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
    • Plait and twist hair
    • Perm and neutralise hair
    • Attach hair to enhance style
    You will also complete courses in:
    • Personal learning and thinking skills
    • Mathematics functional skills level 1
    • English functional skills level 1
    • Employment rights and responsibilities.
  • Additional Costs

    Additional Fees

    Training is free, but you will need to purchase a hairdressing kit (approx £265) which includes a textbook. Prices may be subject to change.

  • Entry Requirements

    You should be 16 years old or over and working or looking for work in a hair salon. You should usually have 2 or more GCSEs at grade E or above, or an equivalent Level 1 qualification. Good attendance and punctuality are important, and presentational skills both in appearance and work are essential.

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  • Progression

    You can progress in your job or go on to another course, such as the NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing or other hairdressing and beauty therapy courses.

  • Assessment Method

    To successfully complete your Apprenticeship you will need to achieve the following elements:

    Competence and knowledge qualification

    Edexcel Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing. You must achieve a minimum of 54 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.

    Personal Learning and Thinking Skills

    Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

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

    Transferable skills qualifications

    • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 1
    • English Functional Skills Level 1

    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.

How to Apply

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Course Info


Part Time

Level 2

Location Isleworth

City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing


Margaret Harris
Lecturer in Hairdressing and Barbering

“I studied at West Thames College before becoming a manager of a Regis salon. I now work alongside the teacher who trained me all of those years ago! In teaching I have truly found my calling.”

Margaret Harris

Sandra Cooper
Lecturer in Hairdressing

Former student, Sandra, joined the college as the salon receptionist before studying for her teaching qualification. “It’s a brilliant feeling passing on your skills to the students and seeing how they progress throughout their time at college.”

Sandra Cooper
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