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Intermediate NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Hairdressing at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The Apprenticeship Hairdressing programme is for those people who have recently started or are about to start working in a hairdressing salon who wish to achieve an industry recognised hairdressing qualification. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group.    THERE WILL BE NEW STANDARDS INTRODUCED AS PART OF THE APPRENTICESHIP REFORM ACROSS ALLTHE OCCUPATIONAL AREAS FROM 2015.

The Framework is made up of a number of components.  In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

‌    The full award in Hairdressing at NVQ Level 2 comprising of 9 units which specify the minimum levels of performance required to work as a qualified hairdresser.
‌    Level 1 English
‌    Level 1 Maths
‌    This is an assignment based project


You will require a professional Hairdressing Kit. We will provide you with the personal equipment list for you to purchase your own.  There is also a £35 fee to cover trips and activities.
You will need to buy a salon uniform and a course book at the start of the programme.
The break at Christmas is scheduled 2 weeks earlier to allow for the busy Christmas period.
Trainees will be required to attend College for a period of time during July and August.

Entry requirements

You will be interviewed as part of the admissions process which will include screening and a trade assessment.  Ideally you should have 3 GCSEs grade C or above, in English and Maths and one other subject. The successful applicants will be expected to show the personal qualities required for working in the hairdressing industry.  To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a salon, to start an Apprenticeship, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment.  Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.   Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits.


Your assessments will take place mainly in your workplace and the rest in the college salon on fee-paying clients.

The assessment for each unit is a mix of working on clients to a stated practical standard, answering questions to demonstrate your understanding of the theory and completing some written work for some of the units.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

The programme provides you with a basic qualification and the skills necessary for your career in hairdressing. It will enable you to develop your expertise in the salon and progress to the level 3 stage.  If you wish to join a level 3 programme to develop your creative and technical skills with a view to developing your career in the salon we will be happy to advise you.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 September 2018
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