Hair Professional Apprenticeship Level 2

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This programme will allow students to work as a barber or hairdresser to provide hair cutting, styling and grooming services for men and women.

Course Information

With this apprenticeship, you could progress down one of two distinctly different career paths – hairdressing or barbering. Hairdressers will shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair to create various looks, and colour and lighten hair for both males and females. Barbers will shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape, and provide shaving services for men.


Benefits / Skills

  • Communicating effectively
  • Working safely in the salon
  • Providing hair consultation services
  • Shampooing, conditioning and treating hair
  • Cutting hair using various hairdressing or barbering techniques
  • Styling and finishing hair
  • You will have the opportunity to further develop specialist skills depending on whether you choose the barbering or hairdressing route.

    Entry Requirements

    The employer will agree entry requirements for these apprenticeships and these will depend on the role that they are advertising.

    Please check that you meet all essential criteria before applying for a position, you can find the details of these on the full vacancy description (links below). If you are unsure about this please contact the Apprenticeship Recruitment Team on 0113 284 6464.

    Career Progression

    Junior Hairdresser

    As a junior hairdresser you will meet and greet clients. In addition, you will start with general cleaning, shampooing and style hair before moving on to colouring and cutting techniques.

    Apprentice barber

    As an apprentice barber you will meet and greet clients. In addition, you will develop barbering skills on clients and will provide hair and scalp treatments. You will also undertake reception duties and will tidy and clean the salon area.

    Below are some Leeds City College apprenticeships you could potentially progress on to once you have completed this programme:

  • Hairdressing Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Beauty Therapy Apprenticeship Level 2
  • Course Details

    Study Type

    Part time

    Course Code


    Course Facts


    The hairdressing and barbering industry generates almost £7.5 billion for the UK economy.

    Extra Curriculum

    97.7% of our apprentices found our staff enthusiastic, knowledgeable and able to answer all relevant questions.

    Labour Market

    58% of all people working in hairdressing/ barbering are self-employed or business owners.

    Course FAQs

    How long do apprenticeships last?

    This will depend on the apprenticeship you want to complete. All of our apprenticeship course pages make it clear what the duration of the programme is, so please check these carefully.

    What do people enjoy most about being an apprentice?

    The most enjoyable aspect for most of our apprentices is the work experience they gain while on the programme. For those used to theory-based lessons, they find it refreshing that the majority of the apprenticeship is practical training. They also like the fact that they are being paid for learning new skills!

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