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Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2, 3 at Lowestoft College

Course description

Training as a hairdresser is a rewarding experience; you need to be highly motivated, enjoy working with people and have an interest in the fashion industry.

Course content

At Level 2

There are eight mandatory units with the remainder of the qualification made up of optional units which are selected with the course tutor and employer to suit business needs:

  • Cutting
  • Colouring
  • Customer care
  • Shampooing
  • Styling
  • Setting
  • Consultation
  • Health and safety

This is a demanding course which will require you to have a range of models for practice and progression towards assessment. There may be a charge for these hairdressing services depending on your salon policy. You will need good communication skills, an appreciation of colour, style and fashion, stamina and determination.

At Level 3

This course covers the advanced hairdressing techniques to help provide further career progression or Higher Education.

There are four mandatory units with optional units which are selected with the course tutor and employer to suit business needs.
Mandatory units:

  • Monitor procedure to safely control work operations
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Promote additional services and products
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques

Optional units:

  • Long hair creativity
  • Style and dress hair creatively
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Create a variety of permed looks

Additional Information:
At Level 2 - Functional skills in English and maths at Level 1 are a compulsory part of the hairdressing apprenticeship as are Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR).

At Level 3 - Functional skills in English and maths at Level 2 are a compulsory part of the hairdressing apprenticeship.

Entry requirements

You will need to be working in a salon or have a salon willing to employ you as an apprentice. 

Alternatively you can complete a college apprenticeship application form which we will pass on to any employers who contact us seeking an apprentice.


Assessment will be an on-going process through a range of methods:

  • Practical demonstration
  • Oral questioning
  • Assignment/project work
  • Online assessment

As a trainee hairdresser you will be required to carry out hairdressing treatments in a salon environment.

You will also be required to promote all salon services and to bring in models/clients for assessment. Clients may be charged a nominal amount for salon treatments depending on salon policy.

Practical assessments will take place either in your place of work or in the college salon depending on the availability of an assessor in the workplace.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Level 2 course you can progress on to NVQ Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship or continue with your current employer with the option of part-time evening attendance for short CPD courses in areas such as barbering.

On successful completion of the Level 3 course you can progress on to salon management qualifications, advanced CPD courses or the assessor award.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 April 2016
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