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Course Code: AP2, AP3

Subject area: Hair & Beauty
Awarding body: City & Guilds
Qualification: Apprenticeship
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: One year

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About the course

Do you want to train for a job as a hairdresser or hairdressing trainee? Maybe you are already a qualified hairdresser and want to develop your skills to the next level, while you continue working for yourself or in a salon. At City College Plymouth, we offer hairdressing Apprenticeships at intermediate and advanced levels. The Intermediate Hairdressing Apprenticeship is the perfect choice for those aspiring hairdressers who want to earn as they learn. If you are already working in the business, our course gives you the chance to study for a recognised hairdressing qualification that will help you get ahead in the industry. The Apprenticeship is equivalent to GCSE level and many students use this qualification as their starting point and go on to study other qualifications to widen their skill base. The Advanced Apprenticeship in Hairdressing is equivalent to A Levels and is a course for those who have already completed a level 2 qualification and are looking to build on the skills already gained. There will be many opportunities to take part in enrichment activities such as a visit to Salon International in London, a trip to Europe or even America to the Wella Studios, photographic shoots, supporting fashion shows and much, much more! Both Apprenticeships combine learning and assessment in a working salon with time spent attending the College, studying recognised City & Guilds hairdressing qualifications in addition to other aspects of your Apprenticeship.

What you'll learn

Intermediate Apprenticeship – nine units, of which five are mandatory.

  • consultation skills
  • health and safety in the salon
  • cutting and styling
  • colouring hair
  • perming
  • dressing long hair
  • Functional skills level 1
  • employers’ rights and responsibilities>/li>
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.

Advanced Apprenticeship – ten units, of which four are mandatory.

  • consultation services
  • monitoring health and safety in the salon
  • creative cutting and styling
  • complex hair colouring
  • colour correction
  • creatively dressing long hair
  • Functional skills level 2
  • Employment rights and responsibilities
  • Personal learning and thinking skills.
Entry requirements

Acceptance on this Apprenticeship will be determined through completion of Functional Skills entry assessments with our Work-based Learning team and a vocational assessment carried out by the hair and beauty team at the College. Usually, progression onto the advanced Apprenticeship is on completition of an intermediate qualification.


Assessment will be through a combination of direct observation of performance, written assignments, unit test papers and online tests.

What's next?

On successful completion, you may wish to continue your studies by moving onto a higher level Apprenticeship or course. You could also benefit from greatly enhanced job opportunities, whether with your current employer or elsewhere.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2017/18 (August 2017 – July 2018). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2018/19.

Whether or not you've got a work placement lined up, you can apply for and start an Apprenticeship at any time. We'll work with you to make sure you're on the right career path and help match you with a suitable employer. All you have to do is complete and return an application form and our Work-based Learning Team will be in touch.