Apprenticeship standard: Hair Professional

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Apprenticeship standard: Hair Professional

Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard

Course Code: APL2HA Duration: 2 Years Attendance: Apprenticeship Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 09/09/2024    
Apprenticeships VTCT Approved


About the course

Hairdressers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create variety of looks, and colour and lighten hair for ladies and men. Hairdressers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair.

They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

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Your course

What modules are covered?

What does the apprenticeship cover?

  • The apprenticeship is made up of Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours.
  • Knowledge is taught within college, one day every week.
  • Skills are taught within the work place. You will need to generate a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate the following skills:
    • Professionalism and values: Demonstrate professionalism and a passion for the industry; have a commitment to quality, a positive attitude and team working; work under pressure; observe time management and self-management; show a willingness to learn; complete services in a commercially viable time and to a high standard; meet organisational and industry standards of appearance; observe professional ethics
    • Behaviours and communication: Greet clients in a friendly manner; choose the most appropriate way of communicating with clients; be helpful and courteous at all times; adapt behaviour in response to each client; respond promptly to clients seeking assistance; establish client expectations and needs; explain clearly any reasons why the client’s needs or expectations cannot be met; willingly undertake wider salon duties, including reception duties where appropriate
    • Safe working practices: Maintain effective, hygienic and safe working methods; adhere to workplace, suppliers’ or manufacturers’ instructions for the safe use of equipment, materials and products; meet legal and organisational requirements; maintain the client’s modesty, privacy and comfort; minimise risks of cross-infection, injury or fatigue;  promote environmental and sustainable working practices; ensure personal hygiene and protection meets industry, organisational and local authority requirements; and correctly use Personal Protective Equipment.
    • Consultation: Creatively assess the client’s requirements; examine the hair, skin and scalp; facial characteristics including face shape, skin tone, hair colour, lifestyle and suitability; conduct visual checks and any necessary tests on the hair, skin and scalp; advise clients on services or products; identify the client’s hair characteristics and hair classification; advise clients on hair maintenance and management
    • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp: Use products and tools, use massage techniques, use shampoo and conditioning products
    • Cut hair using range of techniques to create a variety of looks: Use a range of cutting techniques including one length, fringe cutting, precision cutting techniques, scissor over comb, texturizing, layering techniques, graduation and clipper work
    • Style and finish using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks: Use a range of styling tools and equipment to create a look including blow drying, hair-up styles, setting and dressing, finger drying, plaiting/braiding and twisting and using additional hair
    • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques: Complete a range of woven highlights including T-section, half head. Full head using temporary, semi-permanent, quasi-permanent, permanent colour application, and basic colour change (depth and tone) techniques
  • You will be taught about expected behaviours for the industry and general employment.
  • Functional Skills Level 1 in English and Maths and attempt at Level 2 (if required).

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How will I be assessed?

You will have an End Point Assessment by an external examiner for 5-6 hours where you will need to demonstrate a variety of practical skills to gain the qualification.

What training will be provided?

Apprentices attend Farnborough College of Technology once a week to learn the underpinning knowledge and develop their skills. The apprentice will need to buy hairdressing tools and text books that cost approximately £230.

What are the benefits?

Apprenticeships are a proven way of increasing staff retention and productivity. 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that Apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce. Apprenticeships enable employers to recruit and train the employees to meet the specific needs of their business.

For more information or to recruit an Apprentice,
please contact our Employer Hotline on 01252 407299
or visit www.farn-ct.ac.uk/apprentice


Your future

What Next?

Achievement of the standard makes you eligible for State Registration with the Hair Council

Achiever may be able to progess onto the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Level 3 Apprenticeship Standard 

Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

You must be aged 16 and over with GCSEs A* - E  (9 - 3) in Maths and English. You should show enthusiasm and an artistic flair.

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