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Apprenticeship in Hairdressing - Advanced at West Thames College

Course description

In the UK there are over 35,700 hairdressing salons employing 200,000 people. There is a variety of salon types. All salons offer cutting, styling and chemical services. Some salons offer services to both ladies and men.

Apprenticeships are the traditional way for training hairdressers. This 12 month apprenticeship programme offers you a work based learning route into the hairdressing industry, using qualifications that combine both skills and knowledge.

Course content

Mandatory units include:

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations
  • Promote additional services or products to clients
  • Provide hairdressing consultation services
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques.

Optional units may include:

  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques
  • Provide colour correction services
  • Creatively style and dress hair
  • Creatively dress long hair
  • Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

You will also complete courses in:

  • Workskills
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Maths functional skills level 2
  • English functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities.


Entry requirements

For the Advanced Apprenticeship programme, you should be 16 years or older, working in a salon for a minimum of 30 hours per week in the role of a stylist or hairdresser.

Because the industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, importance is given to:

  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene.
  • Practical, organisational and social skills.
  • Attention to detail and cleanliness.
  • Good communication skills whether dealing face to face with clients or speaking on the telephone.
  • Willingness to work flexible hours/days as agreed in the employment contract.
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination.
  • Potential apprentices with a predisposition to certain skin conditions or allergies, such as occupational dermatitis, eczema or asthma, need to understand that some of the chemicals, liquids and aerosols used in hairdressing may have a significant effect on their health condition.
  • Colour blindness would restrict opportunities in the wide use of artificial colouring products and services in the industry.


To successfully complete the Apprenticeship, the following elements need to be achieved:

Competence Qualification: Edexcel Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (QCF) - to achieve this qualification a minimum of 37 credits must be achieved. This includes all the mandatory units and a selection of the optional units.

Workskills: Edexcel Level 2 Award in Workskills for Effective Learning and Employment.

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills: Evidence will be collected to show that the following skills have been acquired:

  • Creative thinking
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective learning
  • Self-management
  • Teamwork
  • Effective participation.

Transferable skills qualifications

  • Mathematics Functional Skills Level 2
  • English Functional Skills Level 2

Employment rights and responsibilities (ERR)

ERR is embedded within the competence based qualification for all pathways and will also be covered within employer inductions. However, for more information the Council for Administration (CfA) ERR Workbook can be used.

The evidence for this area will be the certificate for this qualification with the ERR unit listed as having been completed.

Financial information

You do not pay to complete an apprenticeship.

Future opportunities

On successful completion of the Advanced Apprenticeship, you may wish to progress to salon management role.

Further information

For details call our apprenticeship team on 020 8326 2010 or email

View all apprenticeships at West Thames College.

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: 02 August 2017
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