York College

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Hairdressers and barbers

Up to £30,000

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Hairdressing and beauty salon managers and proprietors

Up to £27,000

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Why Hairdressing?

Hairdressing is more than just cutting hair! 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, drying, cutting and colouring hair.

Qualification and Level

Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) in Hairdressing.

What will be studied?

Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing

Units include:

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Promote additional services or products to clients
  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Style and dress long hair
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

Additional Study

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

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 an Advanced Apprenticeship (Level 3) you must have completed Intermediate (Level 2) Hairdressing via an apprenticeship or have significant salon experience.


The Advanced Apprenticeship takes one year to complete.

Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time.

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 next?

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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