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.
Qualification and Level
Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing (Standard)
What will be studied?
- Professionalism and standards
- Behaviour and communication
- Safe working practises
- Shampoo and Condition Hair
- Cut hair using a variety of techniques
- Set and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
- Change Hair using a variety of techniques
- Perming hair
English and maths. Students without Level 1 English and maths will need to achieve this Level and take test for Level 2 English and maths prior to the end-point assessment.
Are there any entry criteria?
To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. For a Hair professional (Level 2) you should ideally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 3 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. The apprentice may need to attend extra session on an additional day for Maths or English.
How is the qualification assessed?
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. End-point assessment consists of practical tasks, observations, oral questioning, written questions, assignments and written tests.
The Functional Skills are assessed through online tests.
Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include Junior Stylist, Stylist, Colour Technician, self-employment, or progression onto the Advanced Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 3.
York College, graded Outstanding by OFSTED, is ideally placed to support both Apprentices and businesses to successfully engage with and benefit from Apprenticeships.