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Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2

Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bedford College

This intermediate apprenticeship programme will cover the essential skills and knowledge needed to be a junior basic hairstylist. The course will equip you with the ability to offer a wide range of hair services to clients. You will receive ‘on the job’ training, allowing you to earn, learn and train all within the same time frame. You will also be released one day per week to attend College training sessions, where you will cover theoretical, subject-specific knowledge and additional enhancements to practical training. You will have the support and guidance from Work Based Training Co-coordinators to support, enhance and guide you through your newly acquired skills.

Entry requirements

Grade requirements: You will need GCSE A*-D or 9-3 in both English and maths. 

Other requirements: You will need to demonstrate a keen interest in hairdressing. You should be willing to work flexible hours within the agreed contract hours to suit the salon. You will be asked to undertake an initial assessment and interview prior to being accepted onto the programme.

Course content

During this apprenticeship you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using basic techniques.
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work
  • Plait and twist hair
  • Fulfil salon reception duties

Assessment methods

You will be continuously assessed in the working salon environments. All theoretical knowledge is delivered within a classroom setting, developing bite-sized learning sections, with assessments to be carried out via internal online multiple choice tests. Results of these tests are immediate, so feedback can be given instantly upon their completion.


You will gain the following qualifications:

Hairdressing City & Guilds NVQ Level 2 Diploma 


  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities
  • Functional Skills in English and maths 
  • Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Further study and career options

Further study: On successful completion of this course you could go on to study the Advanced Hairdressing apprenticeship. You could also undertake a Level 2 Media Make-up course, an NVQ Level 2 in Beauty Therapy, or seek employment as a salon hairstylist.

Career progression: With further study you could pursue one of the following hairdressing career pathways; technician, artistic director, creative director and salon owner etc.

Additional information

You will be required to pay for your uniform and equipment, approximate costs are:

  • Hairdressing kit (£130.00)
  • Hairdressing uniform (£40.00)
  • Practice Head Blocks x2 (£112.50)
  • Salon International trip (approx. £25.00)

Course information & how to book

To start this Apprenticeship you will need to be employed in a relevant job role – visit the Apprenticeships section of our website, where you can view our Apprenticeship vacancies. For further information or queries you can email us or call 01234 291000.

LengthDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years In College – 1 day per week Various Free if 16-18yrs. If 19 or over please ring 01234 291000. Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon J476 Course in progress

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

Next steps

To be eligible for an apprenticeship you must either be employed on a full-time contract by an employer willing to support your training or have an offer of employment as an apprentice. Bedford College can help you find a job role with an employer if you don’t already have one.

» Find out more and how to apply

Bedford College actively seeks to promote equality of access to education and training and to provide support where appropriate. Employers are made aware that apprentices have the same rights to protection against discrimination, harassment and victimisation under the Equality Act 2010 as employees. 

Apprentices who have disclosed a disability covered by Equality legislation have the right to request reasonable adjustments in the workplace. We will work with employers to ensure that appropriate adjustments are agreed and established to facilitate this.

At the College we provide additional support for students and apprentices who have a specific learning difficulty or disability.

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