Hairdressing Apprenticeships Level 2 and Level 3

Overview (NV)

Hairdressing Level 2 and Level 3

Course length
12 - 18 months per level


If you are looking for a rewarding career that allows you to be creative, work flexibly, and brings you into contact with a range of different people every day, then UCB's Hairdressing apprenticeship could be for you. The following qualities would make you a perfect fit: 

  • Passion for hairdressing, and a desire to turn that passion into a career
  • Enthusiastic and motivated
  • Reliable and hardworking
  • An interest in fashion and the latest trends in hair styling
  • Work well in a team, as well as independently when required

This apprenticeship provides the perfect foundation for a number of career avenues within the hairdressing industry, including hair stylist, colour technician, stylist on a cruise ship or holiday resort, a mobile stylist, or even running your very own salon. 

NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing

The Level 2 Diploma is perfect for those just starting out in their hairdressing careers. You will likely play a role here as a salon junior, and your duties could include: 

  • Booking appointments via telephone, or face-to-face 
  • Assisting with the general maintenance of the salon
  • Shampooing and conditioning hair 
  • Cutting and styling hair 
  • Preparing and applying colours

You will gain experience and knowledge in the principal elements of hairdressing, as well as the following qualifications: 

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

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing

This advanced diploma is aimed at individuals who have already achieved their Level 2 and are looking to advance their skills further. As part of this apprentieship, you will develop the following capabilities: 

  • Innovative cutting and styling 
  • Creative colouring and lightening 
  • Marketing products and services 

Successful completion of this apprenticeship will give you a range of experience, advanced hairdressing skills, and the following qualifications:

  • 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 require a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 3 (grade D) or above including maths and English.

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.

For direct entry to Level 3, you will need a minimum of Level 2 Functional Skills or GCSE at grade 4 (grade C) or above in maths and English and a relevant Level 2 Hairdressing qualification. 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.

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

Find out more about what it's like to be an apprentice.


Dominika Piwowarska

Hairdressing Apprentice


Siobhan Morton

Hairdressing Apprentice