Course Title Hair Professional Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard
Level: 2
Code M11

Overview of the Course

There are two different job roles within this occupational profile: Hairdresser or Barber. Depending on your role or career aspiration will depend on which route your apprenticeship will follow. Hairdressers and barbers must be able to work with all hair types and 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. The Hair Professional Apprenticeship covers the following mandatory criteria: Professionalism and Values – Demonstrate professionalism and a passion for the industry; have a commitment to quality, a positive attitude. Behaviours and communication – Development of interpersonal skills, communication, organisational skills and understanding/ applying legislation requirements. Safe working practices – Legal and organisational requirements. Understanding how to use the various pieces of equipment. Maintaining safe and hygienic working practices. Consultation - Creatively assess the client’s requirements. There are two pathways after covering the mandatory criteria: Pathway 1 – Hair, which consists of the following: Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks, Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks, Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques. Plus one optional technique from the following: Perming hair, Hair relaxing treatments and techniques, Hair extension services. Pathway 2 – Barbering, which consists of the following: Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, Cutting hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks, Style and finish men’s hair, Cut facial hair into shape, Shaving services. This course will involve 20% of your time to be dedicated to off the job training.

What are the entry requirements?

Initial assessment and diagnostic testing on maths and English will take place prior to commencement of apprenticeship.


Higher qualification.

Course Duration

24 months.

Apprentice Benefits

  •  Earn while you learn
  •  Learning skills that employers want
  •  Excellent progression routes
  •  Increase career opportunities and earning potential
  •  Improve your confidence

Functional Skills

Functional Skills are a vital part of your apprenticeship. They provide the essential knowledge, skills and understanding needed to operate confidently, effectively and independently. Functional skills are available at Level 1 and Level 2 and the level you will work towards will depend on the previous qualifications you have achieved, the results of an assessment prior to your apprenticeship and the requirements of the apprenticeship you are completing. If you have not already achieved Level 2 English and maths you must study for and take the tests for Level 2 English and maths and achieve Level 1 English and maths for Level 2 Apprenticeship.


As well as the college attendance which is one evening a week, your assessor will visit you on a regular basis and support you with developing your electronic portfolio which is used as evidence for your end point assessment. At these meetings observations, question and answer sessions and reviews will take place. End point assessment: You will access the end point assessment after discussion with your employer and assessor, where entry requirements are checked, assessed and verified, this will include checking that the required level of English and maths has been achieved. The Hair Professional Apprenticeship Standard end test will consist of the following: Practical observation – will consist of the following, depending on the pathway chosen. Hairdressing - the observation will cover a range of cutting, finishing and cutting techniques. Consultation will be assessed during this observation. Barbering – the observation will cover cutting, styling, finishing, cutting facial hair and full shaving service. Oral questioning – the questioning will test the apprentices knowledge across the chosen pathway, i.e. hairdressing or barbering. The apprenticeship includes Pass and Distinction grades with the final grade based on your combined performance in each assessment activity. In order to pass you are required to pass each of the two assessments.

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