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Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) in Hairdressing

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. For an Intermediate Apprenticeship (Level 2) you should ideally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade D or above (or equivalent) including Maths and English (grade 3+).


Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time. The Apprenticeship takes two years to complete.

Why Hairdressing?

If you want an exciting and varied career hairdressing could be for you. There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified hairdressers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers. You will work as part of a team in running a salon by shampooing, conditioning, styling, cutting, colouring and reception work and therefore gaining valuable employability skills.

What will I study?

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Units include:

• Health and Safety
• Customer Consultation
• Change Hair Colour
• Set and Dress Hair
• Shampoo and Condition Hair
• Style Hair
• Cut Hair
• Work on Salon Reception
• Customer Service
• Work Effectively

Additional study

• Functional Skills in Maths and English at Level 1
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

How will I be assessed?

For the NVQ you will build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that demonstrates your skills and ability, such as a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and written tests.

The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.

What could it lead to?

Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include junior stylist, stylist, colour technician or self-employment.

York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.
To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Unit:
Tel: 01904 770368
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Connor Barnes

Level 2 Hairdressing apprentice

Connor works four days a week as an apprentice at ‘Beyond the Fringe’ hair salon in Acomb. At school he enjoyed work experience at the salon and was delighted to get an apprenticeship there when he came to College.

Connor is involved in every aspect of hairdressing including colouring, foil highlights and cutting. He attends College one day a week where he learns more about the science of hairdressing, as well as health and safety. He has also participated in College hairdressing competitions. He says: “I could never work in an office, I like being practical and meeting people.”

Salon owner, Pam Heward says: “Connor is our first York College apprentice and he is undoubtedly an asset to the business. He is full of ideas and is a creative hairdresser who likes to suggest new styles and techniques. In particular he has a great rapport with our clients and his exceptional customer services skills have resulted in many re-booking with us. We have seen a marked improvement in client retention, and with new clients. We praise him when he does a good job and I think that really makes a difference to his learning.”

Connor’s College assessor visits him in the salon to assess his work, at the same time his employer reports back on his progress. Pam told the assessor: “Connor has such a lovely way with our clients, he has the makings of a very good hairdresser. He looks to us for support and guidance and happily takes our advice on board. I have even allowed him to cut my own hair, and I am very fussy!”
Connor will progress to study Level 3 Hairdressing next year.

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368


Denise Morrison

"It is possible to develop and aspire to whatever you want to do"

On leaving school in 1974 Denise started a three year Hairdressing Apprenticeship at Nancy Lockwood’s in Fishergate, York. Having successfully achieved her City and Guilds Certificate in Hairdressing in 1976 (equivalent to Level 2) she continued to study for the Advance Certificate (equivalent to Level 3), completing in 1977. Shortly afterwards Denise moved to a busy city centre salon; ‘Pat Caulfield’ in the Davygate Centre, and continued working whilst having her two children in 1981 and 1983. Then, for three years Denise found it easier to work from home, fitting her hairdressing clients around her family life.

Denise’s career turned to teaching when she was offered part-time work in the hairdressing department at York College in 1984. Enjoying the classroom experience she enrolled on a teacher training course and after the first year of part-time work successfully applied for a full-time tutor position at York College in 1985. Denise says: “I loved teaching and felt empowered to build my skills and knowledge to develop further in my role, alongside gaining further qualifications around teaching and hair and beauty. With new-found confidence I applied for the Head of Division position in the College’s Hair and Beauty department and was delighted to be offered the job. Whilst in the role I found myself working across all College teams, specifically with the Sports Division and Health and Social Care.

In 2012, having built up a wealth of experience at the College, Denise took on the role of Assistant Principal for Employer Engagement, she says: “I enjoy the challenges of my new role. I continue to develop my skills and knowledge and use those ‘transferrable skills’ that are often talked about. My story demonstrates that you can start at the bottom of your profession and with time and hard work it is possible to develop and aspire to whatever you want to do.”

To find out more about how to become an Apprentice or how to recruit an Apprentice into your business please contact York Business Development Team:

Tel: 01904 770368

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