Apprenticeship in Hairdressing - Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals

Apprenticeships are training programmes designed for young people aged 16-24 who have left full-time education. Apprentices must be employed within a hairdressing salon for 30 hours per week; there is flexibility so please discuss individual circumstances at interview. Upon achievement of the standard you will be eligible for State Registration with the Hair Council.



Course Content

This 'Super' Level 2 includes:

  • Consultation, shampoo and condition.
  • Cut hair using a variety of techniques.
  • Style and finish using a variety of techniques.
  • Cut hair using a combination of techniques.


With Optional Units in:

  • Perming.
  • Hair relaxing services.
  • Hair extension services.

Entry Requirements

Entry will be determined by initial assessment, aptitude test or skills test. Learners should have GCSE grade 3/4 or above in English or Maths, and two further GCSEs at grade 3 or above to include English or Maths. Applicants must gain employment in a hairdressing salon by the start of the course. All applicants will be interviewed to judge their suitability for enrolment onto the programme and you will be expected to carry out a diagnostic test before enrolment. Please note, apprenticeships and advanced apprenticeships are not available to International students.

Duration and Delivery

The length of time taken will depend on the ability of the individual apprentice and employer requirements.  The minimum duration accceptable for the completion of apprenticeships is 12 months and maximum is 2 years.  Successful applicants will learn on the job practical skills in the workplace 4 days per week and attend College one day per week.  This may include weekends, evenings and College holidays.  All students receive tutorial guidance and are set personal targets.


Learners may progress into an Advanced Level Apprenticeship, or gain employment as a Junior Hairdresser or Junior Receptionist.

Additional Information

A minimum of 90% attendance is crucial to complete the course. Candidates are assessed in our College Headmasters Academy and in their own workplace. Evidence will be shown in the form of a portfolio. The final assessment will be a practical assessment of skills, knowledge and behaviours supplemented by questioning.  Learners will need to purchase their own kit and uniform for practical lessons.

Students on this course aged 16-18 years are fully funded by the College
For students who are 19+ an Employer Contribution will be required
The course will be delivered at the Kingston College Kingston Hall Road centre.
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Information for Employers

How can taking on an Apprentice help your business?
The Apprenticeship framework is designed to meet the needs of employers and to provide a vocational pathway into a profession.  Intermediate level apprentices will train in roles appropriate to their chosen profession, learning on the job practical skills working at a business four days and attending college one day each week.  The duration of an apprenticeship course is a minimum of 12 months.
All Apprenticeship frameworks are designed to provide apprentices with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to perform their job role and to support their future progressions.  Apprenticeships are an ideal way to help your business harness fresh new talent.

What do you need to know?
Apprenticeships can be suitable for either a new employee or an existing member of staff.  They typically involve four days a week on the job training and one day a week at college.  You will be responsible for the apprentice’s wages which, from October 2015, will be £132 per week.

What qualifications do we offer?
An Apprenticeship consists of:

  • An appropriate-level Knowledge Certificate (usually level 2 or level 3).
  • An NVQ practical qualification (usually level 2 or level 3).
  • Functional Skills qualification (if the candidate has not previously achieved a GCSE grade C in English and Maths).
  • Personal learning and thinking skills

We can help you by

  • Explaining the way Apprenticeships work
  • Providing a dedicated assessor to perform workplace assessments and monthly monitoring visits
  • Supporting your new and existing staff into Apprenticeships, subject to eligibility
  • Providing a free recruitment service to help you find the right apprentice for your organisation
  • Facilitating your application for the Employer Grant

16-18 year olds are fully funded by the College
For those aged 19+ an Employer Contribution will be required
An Employer Grant of £1,500 is available for those eligible.

For further information please contact our Apprenticeship Team on 020 8268 2857 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The course is delivered at Kingston Hall Road campus and in the workplace

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