Hair Professional Apprenticeship

Qualification: Intermediate
Level 2

There are start dates for this apprenticeship throughout the year. Please apply and our apprenticeship team will be in contact with you to discuss.

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About this apprenticeship

The Hair Professional apprenticeship is for those looking for a rewarding career in hairdressing. Hairdressers provide hair cutting, styling and grooming services for men and women. They need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, work with different hair types, demonstrate exceptional client care skills, safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision.

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What you will learn

As a Hair Professional apprentice you will learn a variety of skills:

  • Client consultations
  • 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
  • Safe working practices
Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to be completing work based learning with an employer and paid a wage. 

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

The assessor will visit the you once a month at your place of work to discuss your progress. The assessor will liaise with you and your line manger to ensure that this is a convenient time.


Training at City College will give you a huge advantage as you will learn in our purpose built hair and beauty salon, Kudos. You will learn with industry standard equipment working under supervision with real, paying clients to give you a wealth of experience.

Entry requirements

You will need a level 1 in Hair or GCSE in English and maths at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent).

If you have not done so already, you will be required to have completed your exams in level 2 English and maths prior to the completion of your apprenticeship.

To start an apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to take you on as an apprentice. If you already have an employer please contact us. If not don't worry you can see our current apprenticeship vacancies which is regularly updated.

You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

Course length & fees
  • Fees:
  • Course Length: 24 months
  • Campus:
What next?

The hair professional apprenticeship is an excellent pathway to employment in a salon as a Hairdresser.

In addition to hair salons, employers can range from the film or television industries, luxury cruise ships, hotels and the exciting world of fashion.

Additional information

Information for Employers

Each apprenticeship needs to include 20% off-the-job training. This must amount to 20% of the apprentice’s contracted employment hours across the whole apprenticeship. Off-the-job training is learning undertaken outside of the normal day-to-day working environment and leads towards the achievement of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment
Each apprentice will need an End Point Assessment (EPA) at the end of their apprenticeship. It measures the skills, knowledge and behaviours each apprentice has developed. Employers will decide when the apprentice is ready to be assessed.

The EPA will consist of:

Practical observation - the apprentice must complete a range of services on at least two models to industry standards and within commercial timings.

Oral questioning - the apprentice’s consultation skills, communication skills, safe working practices, professionalism, values and behaviours will also be assessed by oral questioning.

On-site assessment: the apprentice will be assessed in the workplace.

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