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Hairdressing Intermediate Apprenticeship at Boston College

Course description

This course provides a work based learning route into employment for the Hairdressing industry. 

This qualification is nationally recognised and assists you with your employment in the hairdressing industry as a junior stylist, carrying out treatments including basic cutting, styling, colouring and perming. 

The course is based in the College Hair and Beauty Department in both Boston and Spalding. Both have fully equipped hairdressing salons that are open to the public.

Course content

The Apprenticeship framework consists of several elements which have been identified by employers as the skills you need if you want to find work in the Hairdressing industry. 

These elements are: 
Maths - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

English - Level 1 or Level 2 Functional Skills, unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ICT - Level 1 or Level 2 is a requirement of some Apprenticeships unless an equivalent qualification has already been achieved. 

ERR - Employee Rights and Responsibilities, which includes health and safety, equality and diversity as well as employment legislation. 

PLTS - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills, which includes team working, creative thinking and reflective learning. 

*Vocational Element (Knowledge) - most Apprenticeship frameworks include off-the-job study for a technical certificate which is usually done at College. 

*Vocational Element (Competence) - all Apprenticeships include on-the-job training and assessment leading to a competence based vocational qualification. 

*On some frameworks, the knowledge and competence elements are combined into one qualification. 

During your Apprenticeship you will cover a full range of practical hairdressing skills and essential knowledge, including: 

- Style and finish hair 
- Set and dress hair 
- Cut hair using basic techniques 
- Colour and lighten hair 
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 
- Develop and maintain effectiveness at work 
- Advise and consult with client 
- Perm and neutralise hair 
- Cut mens' hair using basic techniques 

Plus Personal development skills such as: 
- Customer care 
- Communication 
- Professionalism 
- Portfolio building and referencing 
- Individual and group work

Entry requirements

You should hold a good school or previous college report with a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade C (New GCSE grade - 4) or 3 at grade D or above (New GCSE grade - 3 or above) preferably in Maths, English and a Science. 

Successful completion of NVQ Level 1 and VRQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing can also help. 

You will be required to attend an interview, a taster day and a basic skills test. 

You will have to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week including your college day. 

Employment must be within a relevant environment.  Employers must be prepared to sign up to the training agreement and be prepared for an assessor to visit the workplace every 8 - 12 weeks for assessment and training reviews.


The course is based on an assessment structure therefore you will be continually assessed throughout the course.  Assessment will cover practical applications, written assignments, oral questioning and online tests which will generate a portfolio of evidence. 

Assessment opportunities are encouraged within the workplace and undertaken by our qualified assessors. 

You will have a Personal Tutor who will be responsible for course guidance, general support, target setting and developing study skills.

Financial information

You will be expected to purchase a basic hairdressing equipment kit (£200 approx) which will include everything needed for practical lessons. 

Tunic overalls are compulsory and you will be provided with an order form during induction(£20 approx). 

A suitable text book must be purchased to assist with the theoretical aspects of the course (£25.00 approx). 

You will need lever arch A4 folders, dividers, plastic wallets and general stationery. 

There are a number of educational visits arranged which you are encouraged to attend at a minimal cost, usually around £25.00 each trip. 

A number of short courses are also arranged for you on this course and often a small fee is charged (these are optional extras). 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested Bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course should enable you to apply for the following, General employment in  Hairdressing salons, mobile hairdresser or salon owner. 

You will also be able to apply for a place on the Level 3 hairdressing course, full time or apprenticeship.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 10 February 2017

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