Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship – P0210

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Course Overview

Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required.

They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards and continuously developing their personal and professional skills. An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional works in the hair industry, which is one of the largest, most trusted and fashion-forward professions. They take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time, they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambience, from a bespoke salon, the media industry, cruise ships, product houses and manufacturers to luxury high-end hair salons. They are highly skilled and experienced individual professionals who deliver hair fashion-forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

An apprenticeship is a job with training. You will be employed at least 30 hours a week, with 80% of your working hours in your day-to-day role, and the remaining 20% of your time engaged in training or study.

By enquiring about this apprenticeship you are not applying for a specific apprenticeship role. For current vacancies please take a look at the apprenticeship vacancies page.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

How to research fashion trends using the results to plan, design, create, produce and present a fashion-forward hairstyle collection, identifying the purpose and message of the given collection. How to analyse factors influencing the design and creation of the collection of hairstyle looks including the target audience. How to create a collection of hairstyle looks by carrying out in-depth consultation and complex analysis of the client’s hair to plan, create and style the collection of hairstyle looks. Maintain effective and safe methods of working and effective communication whilst creating the collection of hair looks. How to use and adapt a range of technical skills to create a collection of hairstyle looks using: sectioning and cutting guidelines to achieve the required look, precision and personalised cutting techniques tailored to suit individual characteristics.

Creative finishing and dressing techniques advanced creative colouring.
Use a range of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy.

Client consultation;
– Maintain effective and safe methods of working and effective communication whilst completing smoothing and strengthening services.
– Carry out in-depth complex analysis of the client’s hair and scalp to plan and agree on the smoothing and strengthening services.

Smoothing and Strengthening;
– Use and apply products, tools and equipment, to smooth and strengthen clients’ hair to the degree of straightness required.
– Resolve problems that may occur during and after the hair smoothing and strengthening process.
– Use a range of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy.
– Evaluate the results of the service and provide advice on future services and products.

Creative Colour conversion services to include:
– Using creative sectioning techniques to personalise the colour result and enhance the finished look.
– Toning through bespoke creative formulation, colour blending/shading.
– Resolve problems that may occur during creative colour conversion service.
– Advanced colour conversion (correction)
– Removing artificial colour.
– Removing bands of colour.
– Recolouring hair treated with lightener.
– Using pre-pigmentation and colour.
– Recolouring hair that has had artificial colour removed
correcting highlights and lowlights.

Year 2

In the second year, you will work towards your End Point assessment which consists of an online exam of 40 questions.

A practical observation consists of a precision cut and finish, a creative colour conversion, and a professional discussion.

Entry Requirements

Mandatory an NVQ Level 2 ladies hairdressing, GCSE grade C/4 or equivalent in maths, desirable GCSE grade C/4 however this can also be achieved alongside your hair qualification.

How you will be assessed

On-programme is the learning phase for apprentices to pick up the skills, knowledge and behaviours set in each standard. Apprentices need to complete 20% off-the-job training during the on-programme phase of their apprenticeship. You can track and monitor the 20% through our e-portfolio.

On program assessment includes:
– Regular assessment (involving employer and training provider).
– Development of a portfolio demonstrating learning and development activities with their application in the workplace.
– Completion of level 3 NVQ Diploma for Hairdressing.
– You will also need to complete an Employee Right and Responsibility qualification whilst on the apprenticeship.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

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If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

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Course and Career progression

Salon management level 4 -This course will help your technical skills to an advanced level by becoming a manager in your industry. This course will support you in getting creative with your own style collection to give your management style the edge above others in this job sector. You will also develop communication and management skills transferable to a wide range of personal care roles.

What Happens Next

You can express your interest in this apprenticeship by completing an application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site,

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