Hairdressing Apprenticeships

Overview (NV)

Hairdressing Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12 - 18 months per level


Skilled and enthusiastic hairdressers are highly sought after and this rewarding job brings you into contact with different people every day.

You will need:

  • Good hand-eye co-ordination
  • Creative flair and good attention to detail
  • To be presentable and interested in the latest fashion trends
  • The ability to multi-task, work efficiently and have respect for your colleagues
  • To like customers and want to give them the best experience

You could work as: a stylist in salons; a colour technician; a hairdresser on a cruise ship or holiday resort; a barber; a mobile hairdresser; or run your own salon.

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

You are likely to work as a salon junior and duties could include: booking appointments; advising clients; treating hair and scalps; styling, finishing, setting and dressing hair; and preparing and applying hair colours.

You will gain:

  • NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 1 Functional Skills in English and maths

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

You will gain advanced skills including: dressing long hair; doing perms; advanced hair cutting techniques; monitoring safety control procedures and hairdressing consultation; and upselling techniques.

You will gain:

  • NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
Teaching and Assessment (NV)

Teaching & assessment 

Throughout your training your tutor will guide you through assessments both in the workplace and at College. You will have practical assessments, online tests and assignments.

Your personal assessor will visit you regularly in the workplace (or are happy to see you more often if you need extra help). They will assist you throughout your training to help you achieve your qualification.

Apprentices may need to attend college to gain additional skills but this will be discussed with you and your employer. 

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

You will need to be 16 and over and in full-time employment. You will already be working in a suitable role, or we can help you find one. If you are new to the industry or have limited experience you will need to start at Level 2.

For Level 2 you will normally require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above. For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a relevant Level 2 qualification and ideally English and maths at grade 4 (grade C) or above. However, all applicants will be considered on an individual basis.

You will also be required to attend a college interview.

If you have experience of working in the industry we would be delighted to hear from you.

If you do not have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in English and maths you will need to undertake an assessment so we can ensure you receive the best support for that subject.

What's next? (NV)

What's next?

If you want to become a hairdressing apprentice and do not have a job, UCB will work with you to find a suitable paid placement. If you are in work and want to take an apprenticeship qualification, we can advise you on what you need to do.

For more information please contact the Apprenticeship team:

By telephone: 0121 232 4091 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

By email:

Profiles (NV)

Apprentice profiles

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Dominika Piwowarska

Hairdressing Apprentice

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Siobhan Morton

Hairdressing Apprentice

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