Hairdressing Apprenticeship

Entry requirements

Aged 16+

Course length

18 to 24 months depending on previous experience and apprentice progress


Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing)

Course content

Skills are developed by:

  • Working in a commercial hair salon 
  • Attending college 1 day per week for off the job training

Qualification content:


  • Greeting clients
  • Consultation
  • Shampoo and condition,
  • Cut hair using a variety of techniques
  • Style and finish
  • Colour hair
  • Safe working practices


  • Perming
  • Hair relaxation techniques
  • Hair extensions

End Point Assessment – EPA 

This is the final stage of the apprenticeship.

Assessment events for this standard are:

  • Practical observation where the learner will demonstrate that they can complete a range of services on at least two models to industry standards and within commercial timings.
  • Oral questioning where the learner’s consultation skills, communication skills, safe working practices, professionalism, values and behaviours will also be assessed.

Additional information

  • Apprentices are employed by a local salon and receive a wage
  • Training is a mix of practice on-the-job, and off-the-job training
  • After completion, students can progress onto an advanced apprenticeship in hairdressing
  • Tutors from Mode provide ongoing support and assessment to students throughout their course, and this includes additional training in English Maths and ICT if required

Costs and funding

This apprenticeship costs £7,000. The costs of training and assessment are usually paid for by government funding, with contributions from the hair salon. The course can also be paid for privately.

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