Hair Professional L2 Apprenticeship

Level 2 Hairdressing Professionals
What is a Hairdressing Professional?

Step into the dynamic realm of hairdressing Apprenticeships, where the practical application of hairdressing skills and knowledge takes precedence, tailored to meet the specific needs of each client while ensuring an exceptional level of service.

The primary duties we cover on this apprenticeship...
  • Create a positive impression of yourself, the organisation, and the hairdressing industry.
  • Follow health and safety, infection control, legal, and industry requirements, as well as organisational protocols and manufacturer instructions.
  • Provide advice, consultation, and analysis for hair, skin, and scalp.
  • Perform hair shampooing, conditioning, and scalp treatment.
  • Utilize various cutting techniques to achieve different hair looks.
  • Style, set, dress, and finish hair using a variety of methods for diverse styles.
  • Modify hair classification by one type through chemical services.
  • Execute a range of chemical services to alter colour depth and tone.
  • Employ, apply, and recommend various products, tools, and equipment for different services.
  • Keep knowledge and skills up to date with the latest hairstyles, trends, techniques, products, tools, and equipment.
Apprentices will benefit from:

Earn a wage, whilst studying a fantastic course

Gaining experience in a fast-paced & competitive industry

No learning costs for the Apprentice


Potential career paths of Apprentices…

  • Hair professional
  • Hair stylist
  • Hairdresser Stylist
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How does the end point assessment work?

What is an end-point assessment and why it happens

An EPA is an assessment at the end of your apprenticeship. It will assess you against the knowledge, skills, and behaviours (KSBs) in the occupational standard. Your training will cover the KSBs. The EPA is your opportunity to show an independent assessor how well you can carry out the occupation you have been trained for.

Your employer will choose an end-point assessment organisation (EPAO) to deliver the EPA. Your employer and training provider should tell you what to expect and how to prepare for your EPA.

The length of the training for this apprenticeship is typically 24 months. The EPA period is typically 3 months.

The overall grades available for this apprenticeship are:

  • fail
  • pass
  • merit
  • distinction

When you pass the EPA, you will be awarded your apprenticeship certificate.

EPA gateway

The EPA gateway is when the EPAO checks and confirms that you have met any requirements required before you start the EPA. You will only enter the gateway when your employer says you are ready.

The gateway requirements for your EPA are:

  • achieved English and mathematics qualifications in line with the apprenticeship funding rules
  • for the professional discussion, underpinned by a portfolio of evidence , you must submit a portfolio of evidence
  • passed any other qualifications listed in the occupational standard

For the hairdressing professional, the qualification required is:

City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals - Hairdressing 603/1379/1

TQUK Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing) (RQF) 603/3101/X

VTCT - Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing) 603/1323/7

Assessment methods

Multiple-choice test

You will complete a multiple-choice test. It will be closed book, meaning you will not have access to any books or reference materials.

The test will have 40 multiple-choice questions. You will have 60 minutes to complete it.

Practical assessment with questions

You will be observed by an independent assessor completing a set of tasks. It will last 5.5 hours. They will ask you at least 3 questions.


Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence

You will have a professional discussion with an independent assessor. It will last 35 minutes. They will ask you at least 6 questions. The questions will be about certain aspects of your occupation. You need to compile a portfolio of evidence before the EPA gateway. You can use it to help answer the questions.

The EPAO will confirm where and when each assessment method will take place.


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