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Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you vital hands-on experience, learning from real life situations, with the guidance of industry professionals. You’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in your chosen career.

This Apprenticeship will enable you to gain the skills required to be a Hair Stylist and to work as an employee within a hairdressing salon.

The course is a great way to build on your skills and gain a recognised qualification whilst also earning a salary.

Course content

The Apprenticeship consists of around 30 hours in a salon and one day in College per week.

Mandatory units include:

  • Basic cutting
  • Colouring
  • Styling
  • Hair-Up
  • Consultation
  • Plus Two Optional Units of Your Choice

Functional Skills (if applicable):

  • English Level 1
  • Maths Level 1

You will be trained and assessed in theory and practical skills, with the majority of training taking place ‘on the job’.

Entry requirements

A successful interview with a salon accepting a Level 2 Apprenticeship programme.

A good level of maths and English, assessed via a College in-house assessment (BKSB).  You will be required to attend College one day per week.


You’ll be assessed throughout your learning programme by a mixture of formal tests, workplace observations, portfolio building and self-assessment.

Financial information

If you are aged 16 to 18, 100% of your Apprenticeship training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information please visit

Alternatively you can contact Bolton College by calling 01204 482 181/195 or by emailing


Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, you progress into professional job-specific qualifications or Higher Apprenticeships.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A full-trained Hairdresser where you could earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year, depending on experience.
  • A Salon Manager, earning between £18,000 and £30,000 a year.

Further information


The College will support you throughout your time here. In College, you will receive personal support from your tutor; out of College, you will have your own personal Work Based Tutor, who will visit you in the workplace.

During their last visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career.”

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • Wella Professionals School of Excellence
  • Six fully equipped salons
  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; on our last inspection we were graded 2 for Good. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm – 7pm

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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: 21 December 2018
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