Hair Professional Level 2 Apprenticeship

There are two distinctly different job roles within this occupational profile: Hairdresser and Barber.

  • Level

    Level 2

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Location

    Bracknell and Wokingham College

  • Pathway


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, and colour and lighten hair for ladies and men.

Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men.

Hairdressers and barbers 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 and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

Should there be a sufficient range and complexity within the workplace, delivery can be solely in the employer’s premises, however apprentices have the option to attend one of our training salons at either Reading or Oxford Campus at various points throughout the year.

Each session will cover elements of the Knowledge, Skills and behaviours as required by the apprenticeship standard. Additional sessions may be run over college closure periods to ensure the apprentice is meeting the course requirements and progressing as expected.

To complete the apprenticeship you must pass level 1 English and maths (or have the appropriate exemption certificate) and work towards and attempt level 2 before undertaking their end point assessment.

The end-point assessment is carried out by an Independent Assessment Examiner, appointed by the assessment organisation, who will observe you carrying out a practical assessment of the mandatory skills set out in the Hair Professional standard. The Independent Assessment Examiner will also ask questions while the practical assessment is taking place to ensure that the knowledge and behaviours contained within the Hair Professional standards are also assessed.

You must have completed all the on-programme assessment requirements for the Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing / Barbering) and achieved the required level of English and maths before being put forward for the end-point assessment. This will be when the employer, in consultation with the Activate Apprenticeships assessor, considers that you can consistently demonstrate the skills, knowledge and behaviours required of a competent hairdresser or barber, as set out in the Hair Professional standard.

Progression from this apprenticeship is expected to be into a level 3 hairdressing/Barbering apprenticeship or technical diploma.

You need to be employed in a hair professional (Hairdresser or Barber) role, hold a relevant level 1 (GCSE 2 – 9) Maths and English qualification, or be working at or towards level 1 on Initial assessment.

Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in the wide use of artificial colouring products and services in the industry. Units relating to colouring hair require the ability to recognise very subtle tones, shades and changes in a range of colours to ensure the safe and effective use of the chemicals used on hair.

The learner will typically have been on the apprenticeship programme for 24 months before being entered for the end-point assessment. The minimum duration for the apprenticeship programme is 12 months.

As an apprentice with Activate Apprenticeships, you will have access to the following facilities at Activate Learning colleges: 

Libraries and learning environments
Ability to borrow books and laptops
Digital resources and programmes
A student card, allowing you to take advantage of student discounts
Can apply for an Apprentice extra Totum Card
Advice and support services for apprentices includes: 

Advice and Admissions

Learning Support
Student Support
Impartial careers advisors
One-to-one support
A college nurse
Free counselling service 

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