Apprenticeships in Hairdressing and Barbering are for those who are interested in beginning a career in a vibrant and creative Industry. Our courses are designed to provide you with an in-depth knowledge and all the skills you need to excel as a hairdresser or barber.

What is a Hairdressing Apprenticeship?

A Hairdressing Apprenticeship combines study and work so you can ‘earn while you learn’. It incorporates the delivery of the newly created qualification based on employer needs; you will study the new level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals in Hairdressing, the Hair Professional standards and Functional Skills in English and Mathematics (if no exemption is applicable). This then leads to an End-Point Assessment module (EPA) to complete the apprenticeship.

The hairdressing qualification consists of the following mandatory units:

• Consultation
• Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
• Style and finish the hair using a range of techniques to achieve a variety of looks
• Cut hair using a range of techniques to achieve a variety of looks
• Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques.

In addition to this, learners have a choice of one of the different optional units:

• Perming hair
• Hair relaxing treatments and techniques
• Hair extension services

The most common way to achieve the standards for this apprenticeship is by learners attending the academy for one full day per week, as 20% of the programme must be spent on training.

You will have taught sessions, which consist of a half day of theory education, to prepare for on-line tests, and a half day of practical activities, either preparing for or carrying out practical assessments. As the course progresses, practical sessions take place in a realistic working environment with paying clients. When all the required knowledge tests are complete, you may spend the full session working on practical tasks and assessments in preparation for your EPA.

You are also expected to receive practice and training in your salon placement under the supervision of a senior member of staff who is qualified to a suitable level. This is led by staff from the academy, to ensure employers are aware of requirements needed to achieve the apprenticeship. Your employer and academy team will discuss and set completion targets at regular reviews, then together will agree when you are ready for EPA.


Entry Requirements

You must have a genuine desire to work in the hairdressing industry and portray a professional image at all times.

It is desirable to have GCSE English and Mathematics at grade 4 and above (or grade C and above under the old grading system), though we can work with you if your grades are slightly lower. As part of your apprenticeship you have to achieve Functional English and Maths at level 1 and must, at least, sit the tests at level 2.

To secure a place on the apprenticeship, you must also have a salon work placement for a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Assessment Method

Initial assessment
Learning style assessment
Dyslexia screening
Practical skills assessment

Equipment Required

You need: a full kit of hairdressing equipment, a textbook, files and dividers, all of which can be advised by us

We have three Apprenticeship courses available: