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City & Guilds Hair Professional Apprenticeship

The Forresters Training Academy is currently running an Apprenticeship programme for 16 year olds.

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

The Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing 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, full time, with training one day a week at the Forresters Hairdressing Training Academy in Tilehurst.

Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals
 – 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 Diploma for Hair Professionals – 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 be invited to demonstrate your skills at your end-point assessment day.

This is the final stage in your Apprenticeship and the grades are Distinction, Pass or Fail.

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.

On successful completion of your assessments you will be qualified and will in due course, receive your Apprenticeship Certificate and your City & Guilds Certificate.

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 within the Academy and alongside studying for your Apprenticeship.

How to Apply

Call the Academy on 01189 428464 for more information and to find out how to enrol.


Alternatively apply through our Academy Application Form and we will contact you. Don’t forget to give us your email address and telephone number.

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