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Apprenticeship Course Structure

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City & Guilds Hair Professional Apprenticeship

The Forresters Training Academy is currently running an Apprenticeship programme for 16/17 year olds who are leaving school this year.

As a Forresters Apprentice, you can begin your training at age 16/17 and progress through your Level 2 over two years.

The Level 2 Hair Professional Standard course covers both the practical and theoretical aspects of hairdressing.

You will study your Apprenticeship by working in one of the eight Forresters hair salons, and one day a week at the Tilehurst Hair Academy where you will learn specific skill modules as part of the curriculum.

Our NVQ training is adjudicated and monitored by the Hair & Beauty Academy South West.

Level 2 Hair Professional Standard
 – Year 1

Awarding body – City & Guilds

Year 1 consists of 7 mandatory hairdressing units covering theory and practical:
  • Consultation
  • 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
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques
  • Creatively colour hair using a variety of techniques

Apprentices will also gain many other practical skills in hair styling, cutting and colouring. They will also cover units in Life Skills to encourage them to grow personally.

Assessment will be continuous and it is mandatory for students to exhibit competency in a range of different tasks. Vital skills will be assessed through portfolios and exams.

Level 2 Hair Professional Standard – Year 2

Awarding body – City & Guilds

Having completed your Year 1 units you will progress into Year 2, where you will develop your learning and creativity further whilst preparing for your end-point assessment.

How You Qualify

Once you have completed your two years of training, you will expected to demonstrate your skills at your end-point assessment day.

On the day you will complete a range of practical hairdressing services on at least two models to industry standards and commercial timings.

The oral questioning part of the exam includes assessment of your consultation and communication skills, safe working practices and professionalism.

This qualifies you at Level 2 and the grades are Distinction, Pass or Fail.

Apprenticeship Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or above at GCSE English and Maths.

You must have a passion for Hairdressing and have a good school punctuality and attendance record. Smart black uniform will be required within the academy along with closed in shoes.

Please note:   If a Grade 4 and above has not been achieved at GCSE Level in Maths and English, it might be possible to study for the required grade at functional skill level within the Academy and alongside studying for your Apprenticeship.

How to Apply

Please apply through our ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and we will contact you. Don’t forget to give us your email address and telephone number.



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