Hairdressing and Barbering Level 2

The Basics

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering
Qualification: Level 2 Hair Professional (Hairdressing or Barbering)
Qualification Type: Apprenticeship Standard
Duration: 18 to 24 months
Type of Assessment: Ongoing and End-Point Assessment

What you will Learn

> Shampoo and condition hair
> Cut hair using hairdressing/barbering techniques
> Style and finish hair to create a variety of looks
> Colour and lighten hair and perming
> Cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men (Barbering only)
> Be able to work with a range of hair types from straight to very curly, wiry hair
> Consultations with clients


If you are looking to start your career and demonstrate your creative flair in the hairdressing or barbering industry, then this is the qualification for you.

This qualification is split into two key routes: Hairdressing and Barbering. The route will be chosen based on your role within the salon and agreed with your employer.

You will work closely with salon professionals / barbering experts to build up your skills and knowledge, to become a qualified hairdresser / barber.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal qualifications required for this role however it is preferential that you have either completed the Hairdressing Study Programme or have some experience of working within this industry.

Roles Available in this Sector

> Hairdresser
> Barber
> Junior Stylist
> Senior Stylist


> Level 3 Advanced and Creative Hair Professional


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Frequently Asked Questions

Learner Life & Well-Being

I just wanted to say the biggest thank you to Vanessa, my trainer. You have made my journey so much easier, I don’t know what I would have done without you. You have been amazing and helped me to achieve my qualification. You’ve guided me through every step of the way, I really appreciate it, Vanessa, you have been my rock.

Katie Shorland, Level 2 Hairdressing

I always struggled in school as I wasn’t very academic, so knew learning on the job would be a better option for me. I would find it difficult to get up for 9am but now I wake up and look forward to my day. I wanted to try a hair apprenticeship as I’ve always been interested in hairdressing, and by the end of the first week, I already loved it!

Jaimee Benson, Level 2 Hairdressing

I have developed a range of new skills through work including the technical, industry skills required for the job, to personal development such as ensuring I am always on time. The biggest change since leaving school is adjusting to the independence you gain from earning a salary. My advice to anyone thinking of doing an apprenticeship would be find what you like doing, and go for it!

Will Birch, Level 2 Bricklaying

Since starting the apprenticeship, I’ve become far more confident. In a classroom, you only interact with your classmates, but through working you develop your people skills as you interact with customers on a daily basis. At school, you are closely monitored and parented, however I am now more independent and feel grown up

Sam Collard, Level 2 Light Vehicle and Maintenance Repair

The most important thing I’ve learnt since leaving school is that there are other routes to success than just academia. I failed my GCSEs, as I never suited the school environment. Now though, I’m really enjoying my apprenticeship as I’ve discovered I learn more through hands-on practice.

Ben Freeman, Level 2 Carpentry

I would just like to thank you and your team for all the amazing work they do, you have provided me with the most invaluable experience which has helped to pave the way of my future. The work you do for young people is incredible!

Luke Kowalski, Teaching Assistant and former apprentice at Sir Robert Gefferys School