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Hairdressing - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

A hairdressing apprenticeship is a combination of on and off the job training and learning, and offers the opportunity to develop a rewarding, long-term career in a growing sector.

This qualification allows learners to develop skills essential to working in a hairdressing salon, such as forming good working relationships with clients and awareness of health and safety, as well as the specialist skills needed to carry out hairdressing or barbering services. Individuals will carry out their work within a realistic work context.

For employers, apprenticeships offer many benefits to businesses, including offering practical solutions to the recruitment and retention of staff. They are designed by employers for employers and therefore reflect the changing needs of the sector.

Apprenticeship Level 2 (Intermediate Apprenticeship)

  • Competence-based element: Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)
  • Functional Skills Level 1:
  • Mathematics
  • English

Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is a non-accredited component, which is delivered using a contextualised work booklet which will be assessed by a tutor.

It is expected that the ERR requirements will be covered through the completion of nine mandatory outcomes.

The ERR will also be supported by the completion of a workplace induction where it is expected that the employer will identify the role and responsibilities of themselves and their employees.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

PLTS, is a non-accredited component of the Apprenticeship Framework and will be assessed through evidence that will be produced through the accredited components of the Apprenticeship programme. 

Course content

Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) mandatory units:

  • Ensure Responsibility for Actions to Reduce Risks to Health and Safety
  • Give Customers a Positive Impression of Yourself and Your Organisation
  • Advise and Consult with Clients
  • Shampoo, Condition and Treat the Hair and Scalp
  • Change Hair Colour
  • Style and Finish Hair
  • Set and Dress Hair
  • Cut Hair Using Basic Techniques

Level 1 in Functional Skills Maths and English

ERR (Employment Rights and Responsibilities)

PLTS (Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills)

Entry requirements

Individuals must already have sourced employment within the hairdressing sector, prior to applying for Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing.

Individuals will undertake a Level 1 diagnostic assessment for maths and English prior toenrolment. Individuals will need to achieve a minimum of a 50% score in both subjects to ensure a place on the apprenticeship programme or, if individuals have passed maths and English GCSE with a grade A* to E or key skills at Level 1, they will be required to evidence this with certificate/s which will then result in exemption from undertaking the maths and English functional skill qualification.

Individuals will also have to complete a free writing exercise to provide evidence to demonstrate grammar and spelling. 


Individuals will be required to attend Vision West Nottinghamshire College one day per week for the duration of the course, which will provide the opportunity to undertake practical assessments within the Revive salon and develop theoretical skills sets to meet qualification requirements.

Assessments will also be required within the individual’s workplace to sufficiently meet competency outcomes within the qualification.
Individuals are required to produce a portfolio of evidence, which will contain a variety of assessments covering the criteria stipulated by the awarding body for the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF)

Assessments may include:

  • Observations held in the working environment
  • Reflective accounts
  • Witness statements
  • Activity-based work books
  • Work products

You will plan your assessments with your assessor prior to the assessment taking place.

You will be required to complete an online or paper based test for both Functional Skills elements. 

Future opportunities

The qualification provides the opportunity to progress to the Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing, Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (Combined Hair Types), or Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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    • Our main campus at Derby Road has seen big changes as part of a £40 million redevelopment across the college. Home to our largest cohort of students, the campus is made up of dedicated study zones for curriculum areas; equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology which ensures our students become work-ready.

      The campus is also home to our commercial venues, Butterflies Day Nursery, a 150-seat theatre, fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon and spa; giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed for employment.

      Vision University Centre, which offers university-level education to the people of Mansfield and Ashfield is also based here.