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Hairdressing/Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2
Study Mode
Full Time 
Workbased Assessment and Coursework 
Hair & Beauty 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language with Maths no lower than an E. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

Hairdressing/Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2

This apprenticeship is suitable if you are looking for a career as a hairstylist or barber.

About the Course

The college has contacts with some hairdressing salons, although it is good if you try and find your own employer as the salons like to meet you in person. We offer a flexible approach giving you the opportunity to complete your apprenticeship in a commercial setting with Taylor & Taylor Hairdressing and Barbering School, Wigs & WarPaint Academy or City Head Spa Skills Academy instead of at college.

Key Units

As an apprentice, you will be working in a hair salon or barbers. You will assist in the smooth running of the salon and support the stylists. You will generally spend 4 days a week at work and one day in college. A typical day in the workplace will involve welcoming the clients and general housekeeping duties. You must be willing to learn new skills and take part in training activities to enhance your learning.

The day you are in college you will do some theory based work and some practical tasks. These will cover topics such as shampooing, cutting and colouring or styling and cutting men’s hair and facial hair for barbering. You will also learn about setting and dressing hair for formal ‘up dos’ and health and safety in the workplace. Knowledge of the products you use is important, so you will learn about how to sell the products to the client as well as communicating and interacting effectively. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice on paying clients in the College salon.

If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language with Maths no lower than an E. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.


Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to demonstrate the skills you are learning. The theory side of the course is assessed by online assessments in college. These are followed up by assessments on paying clients in the college salon.

Where does this Lead

On completion of the apprenticeship you will be classed as a junior stylist working under supervision. You can progress onto a level 3 Hairdressing qualification to further develop your skills.

Future Opportunities

The majority of apprentices continue in paid employment in a salon once they complete their qualification. Previous apprentices have gained full time employment in salons such as Toni & Guy, Loaf and Capelli in Sheffield.

Tell Me More

Will this course suit me?
A hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship will suit you if you have an artistic flair. You must have good stamina as you are often on your feet all day. You will need good people skills and be able to communicate well with clients and your fellow staff members.

Qualification Titles:
  • Hairdressing or Barbering diploma NVQ Level 2
  • Employer Rights and responsibilities
  • Functional English and maths

Extra Costs

Hairdressing apprentices will be expected to buy a uniform for the college based practical sessions and a hairdressing kit consisting of essential equipment such as scissors, brushes, clips, practice heads etc. The estimated cost for this will be £115.