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Hairdressing Level 3 Apprenticeship at Reading College

Course description

This advanced-level apprenticeship is ideal for individuals who have already completed a Level 2 NVQ in Hairdressing and want to progress from a junior stylist to a fully operational stylist in the salon without supervision.

An apprenticeship is made up of an NVQ qualification as well as functional skills. You gain a recognised qualification while gaining valuable work experience.

Course content

You gain a broader base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for working within the hair and beauty industry as a more senior stylist. The elements of the apprenticeship programme are:
• Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
• Functional Skills in English and Maths Level 2
• Employment Rights and Responsibilities

You will need to pass all elements to gain your qualification.

Throughout the programme you will attend college and work in a professional environment, or just complete the course in the work place. The delivery will be discussed with the employer to see which is most beneficial to them. 

All aspects of training are carried out in college. Teaching takes place in both the classroom and the salons. You then take the skills you have learned at college out to the workplace and are expected to bring in work-based evidence and build a portfolio to support this. An assessor will visit your work place to observe your working practices.

As an advanced apprentice, you take your learning a step further. You develop your cutting and colouring skills so you can carry out all the latest fashion techniques – and maybe even determine the fashion looks of the future.

Apprenticeships are designed to let you benefit from real life work experience which you will get day-to-day on the job. This experience is supported by theoretical that you will study. Your assessments are carried out by a qualified and trade competent assessor who will help support you and your employer in achieving your qualification. The Functional Skills are assessed by exam.

Entry requirements

You must be in employment in the relevant occupation for a minimum of 30 hours per week (or 16 hours per week in exceptional circumstances) to gain a place on one of our apprenticeship programmes. Your employer will need to agree to you becoming an apprentice as these are work-based qualifications and you will have to attend college.

Upon application you will be invited in for an interview and an initial assessment to make sure that the course is right for you. There are no other restrictions to becoming an apprentice except that you need to be over the age of 16 and to have been settled in the UK for at least the past three years.

Future opportunities

On successful completion you will be a hairdresser or stylist.

Further information

On this apprenticeship you’ll spend a lot of time on your feet. It’s important that you look smart and have a good hairstyle!

Good communication plays a role too – you’ll need to understand exactly what your customer wants in order to make them happy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.