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Hairdressing Apprenticeship - City & Guilds Level 2 at Redcar & Cleveland College

Course description

This apprenticeship covers all the basics of hairdressing. As a hairdressing apprentice, you will work as a salon junior, assisting senior staff while training as a junior stylist. You will have the opportunity to work with our hairdressing team and take part in college events which may include fashion shows and competitions. This will help you to build your confidence and experience as a hair stylist, whilst enjoying the independence of work.

It will lead to a National Vocational Qualification in Hairdressing at Level 2 which will give a theory and practical based approach to the subject.

Course content

To gain the qualifications listed below, you will need to be with an employer, which involves working in a hairdressing environment carrying out practical activities in order to gain the relevant basic skills and knowledge needed to work in a salon. You will usually attend college one day per week, attend training with your salon and receive frequent visits from your tutor.

Induction programme

Employment Responsibilities and Rights (ERR) Workbook.

  • This covers the rights and responsibilities of workers (including equal opportunities legislation).
  • The organisation, disciplines and representatives structures of the industries concerned.
  • Make sure your own actions reduce risks to health and safety.
  • Advise and consult with clients.
  • Style and finish hair.
  • Set and dress hair.
  • Cut hair using basic techniques.
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp.
  • Change hair colour.
  • Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation.

In addition to these, a selection of the following units may be taken on agreement with your employer:

  • Promote additional services or products to customers.
  • Fulfil salon reception duties.
  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work.
  • Plait and twist hair.
  • Perm and neutralise hair.
  • Attach hair to enhance a style.

Entry requirements

To qualify for an apprenticeship you must secure employment in the area of hairdressing.

There are no formal qualifications needed to commence the Hairdressing Framework, although a good standard of literacy and numeracy is required. This will be assessed to support your application and to establish any support needs you have.


You will collect evidence from work and produce a portfolio, to prove you have the skills.

Financial information

Salon Wear to be advised at enrolment

Future opportunities

Most of our apprentices continue to be employed at the end of the apprenticeship. There are good opportunities for selfemployment or perhaps progression to an Advanced Apprenticeship Level 3 in Hairdressing.

After you have completed the apprenticeship and gained more experience you may wish to become a qualified assessor and move into teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Redcar & Cleveland College directly.

Last updated date: 04 August 2016

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