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Apprenticeship Standard Hairdressing Professional at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

The new Hair Professional Standard Level 2 has been developed based on learner and employer needs and has been designed by employers for learners wishing to gain an apprenticeship within the Hair Professional arena.

Apprentices work towards achieving a Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals and will gain knowledge and skills in the following topics:

• Professionalism & Values
• Behaviours & Communication
• Safe Working Practices
• Client Consultation

As well as industry-specific hairdressing skills & knowledge:

• Shampoo, condition and treat hair and scalp
• Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks
• Style and finish hair
• Colour and lighten hair
• Plaiting and twisting
• Hair extension services

Apprentices will learn about the importance of behaviours and attitudes expected of hairdressers towards clients and colleagues and be able to demonstrate them.

This course is available at both the Cambridge and Huntingdon campuses.

Entry requirements

This Level 2 qualification is for people who wish to start a career in Hairdressing.  To enrol, you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a Barbers, 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 clientele should provide you with the opportunities for the Level 2 Barbering services and skills.   Entry onto the L2 Apprenticeship Framework or standard requires 2 x D Grades/2 x Grade 3 or above in Maths and EnglishWe currently offer pre apprenticeship courses for applicants, in Maths and English, to support learners wishing improve their grades to the entry criteria. Learners should have secured employment.All applicants will be interviewed- this includes maths and English skills scan, a trade test and a formal interview


There are three stages of assessment:

1. On-programme stage - observations and online knowledge exams
2. Gateway stage - successful completion of qualification units, values and behaviours, functional skills and training hours
3. End-point assessment. External examiner observation of performance - practical assessment on clients and oral questioning/professional discussion

This qualification is delivered at college for 1 day per week and reinforced in the workplace. This will develop the skills set, knowledge-based elements of the Apprenticeship, Values and Behaviours, Functional Skills and meet the 20% off the job training.

Functional skills is delivered and assessed in block weeks at college, with flexibility, relating to the service industry sector.

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

Suitable Job Roles - trainee hairdresser with progression opportunities from junior level to senior hairdresser/barber, and then opening up opportunities as salon manager or salon owner.

Further information

We would encourage you to visit one of our Cambridge Regional College Open Days:

Cambridge: Wednesday 3rd April 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Thursday 2nd May 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Cambridge: Thursday 13th June 2019 4:30pm-7:30pm
Huntingdon: Saturday 15th June 9:30am-12:30pm

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: 06 March 2019
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