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Apprenticeship Standard: Advanced & Creative Hair Professional

This Apprenticeship will allow you to take your skills into the wider industry by working in a salon alongside your College work, gaining valuable experience and knowledge. You will work in a salon environment 4 - 5 days a week gaining invaluable industry experience.


During this qualification, you will learn how to carry out precise and personalised cutting techniques, you will also learn how to use colour to create bespoke looks while incorporating strengthening and smoothing techniques. You will learn a variety of fashion-forward styling and dressing techniques which will increase your employability skills across a wider range of industry career opportunities. This Apprenticeship will allow you to take ownership of your work, client lists and responsibilities. There will also be the possibility of gaining full-time employment within your training salon.

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Start date: 01/08/2024

Course code
Level 3
Truro College
1 year


Small Classes

Experienced Tutors

Industry Standard Facilities

Modern Equipment

Industry Links

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Learn From Sector Experts

You will be taught by staff with extensive industry experience who will advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the hairdressing industry.

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Gain Skills to Boost Your Employability

Formulate imaginative and creative advanced colouring and cutting techniques.

A hair and beauty student uses hairspray on another student within a professional salon environment.

Showcase your Talents

Promote and showcase your skills by designing your collection of looks, displaying them on a variety of media platforms.


This qualification is predominantly a practical course, using a variety of teaching methods including discussions, demonstrations, and presentations. The course will support your current skills and help advance them to a higher level, you will develop not only your practical skills but also your theory knowledge too. When attending college, you will work on your own, in pairs and in small groups, practicing techniques within a realistic working environment in well-equipped, purpose-built salons.


After Level 3, you can continue with your studies onto Level 4 in Salon Management or gain full-time employment, perhaps in your training salon. Some of the areas you may go on to work in include but are not limited to: Senior Stylist, Salon Manager, Stylist on a Cruise ship, Assessor in education or Brand Representative.

Assessment Arrangements

The grade you achieve in this qualification depends on your attendance, punctuality and effort. You will study in a friendly atmosphere using a variety of assessment methods:

  • Most assessments are completed through practical observations of skills and techniques. This will be carried out throughout all your units, as you continuously strive to work towards a competent level of advanced hairdressing services.
  • You will be assessed regularly on written theory work that may be conducted within the class, or as a homework activity; feedback will be continuously provided on your progress.
  • Mock examinations will also be undertaken on each unit throughout your course preparing you for your endpoint knowledge test.

The elements of assessment are carried out once you have reached the gateway point, this will be decided by your employer and tutors, once you are working to the required standard.

The qualification requires you to sit an End Point Assessment (EPA). This includes:

  • A knowledge test
  • Practical Observation
  • Questioning
  • Professional discussion

Entry Requirements

It is advised that you have a Level 2 qualification in Hairdressing or GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths.

The awarding body for this qualification is VTCT.

Information & Support

We encourage you to practice your skills at every opportunity available to you within your salon placement, we also encourage you to utilise the online resources provided by the College for guidance. In addition, we expect you to conduct your own research, during set home study activities to enhance your understanding of products and the science behind hairdressing.

Extra Information

Kit and Uniform will be supplied at the start of the Level 3 Creative Professional Apprenticeship, full advice will be given on these before the start of your course.

Duration 12 Months + 3 months EPA.

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What you could earn

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors
  • Hairdressers and Barbers
  • Beauticians and Related Occupations
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