Hair Professional Apprenticeship, Level 2

Course overview

Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks. They will also be able to colour and lighten hair for ladies and men. Hairdressers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role.

The Hair Professional, Level 2 (standard) will give apprentices the opportunity to develop the following skills:

• Professionalism and values
• Behaviours and communication
• Safe working practices
• Consultation
• 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

The apprentice will also be able to choose to develop skills in one of the following:

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

Delivery method

The apprenticeship will be delivered via day release attendance at Heart of Worcestershire College. Apprentices will also be visited in the workplace every 5-6 weeks by a College Learning and Skills Development Officer (LSDO). Every 10-12 weeks the LSDO will arrange a progress review with the employer mentor and the apprentice.

To comply with funding rules apprentices will need to commit 20% of their agreed apprenticeship duration to learning which must be off-the-job.

Entry requirements

Apprentices without level 1 English and Maths will need to achieve this level and take the test for level 2 English and Maths prior to taking the end-point assessment.

How will I be assessed?

Apprentices will receive a Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing). Achievement of the standard makes you eligible for State Registration with the Hair Council.

The End Point Assessment (EPA) can only be triggered after 12 months of starting the apprenticeship and is dependent on when the employer and training provider decide the apprentice is ready. EPA is typically expected to conclude within 3 months. The employer has the final decision to progress the apprentice to EPA. The apprentice and training provider should feel confident the learning outcomes have been achieved.

The EPA consists of three elements, all of which may be completed online. All assessment methods need to be passed. Each assessment method should directly assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours of the Standard. The assessor has the final decision.