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Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

This intermediate apprenticeship will give you the skills to begin your career as a hairdresser.

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior hairdresser/stylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

  • Advise and consult with clients;
  • Set and dress hair;
  • Style and finish hair;
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work;
  • Cut hair using basic techniques;
  • Colour and lighten hair;
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp.

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to advise and consult with clients to provide a complete hairdressing service. In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

In addition to completing mandatory units, learners are required to achieve nine credits from optional units which include (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Perm and neutralise hair;
  • Plait and twist hair;
  • Remove hair extensions;
  • Cuts men’s hairstyles;
  • Fulfill salon reception duties.
Entry Requirements

You will need to reach a minimum of Entry 3 in an English and Maths initial assessment.

Assessment Method

This qualification will be assessed through exams and in work assessment.

Study Methods

This apprenticeship will be delivered through classroom sessions, one day each week during term time. Apprentices will be expected to self-study outside of the classroom and their working hours.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.