Is this course right for me?

Are you working as a stylist, or are you about to start your career in hairdressing? Would you like to enhance your knowledge and technical skills? This apprenticeship course enables you to gain a valuable Level 2 qualification whilst you work. It builds on your existing understanding and helps you to excel as a stylist.

The course covers all aspects of ladies' hairstyling, training you to a high standard in cutting, perming, colouring, bleaching, blow-drying and setting, as well hair/scalp treatments. In addition, you can acquire knowledge and skills in reception, health and safety and retailing.

Entry requirements:

  • You must be currently employed in a hairdressing salon 
  • You should have a Level 1 hairdressing qualification, or equivalent professional knowledge 
  • You must be enthusiastic, committed and willing to learn 
  • You must have a calm, caring personality and well-groomed appearance 
  • You will be required to attend an interview and provide a reference 
  • You will be expected to purchase kit, uniform and books, costing approximately £270 (subject to change)

All places are subject to satisfactory interview.


The course is delivered through a blend of the following:

  • Theory classes 
  • Practical workshops 
  • Real salon environments at the college 
  • Commercial sessions 
  • Demonstrations 
  • Role play exercises 
  • Group work


The course is assessed through a blend of the following: 

  • Portfolio of practical assessments for each unit 
  • Assignments and tasks 
  • Multiple-choice tests covering the underpinning knowledge 
  • Your behaviour will also count towards your assessment, in terms of maturity, development, interaction and communication


The course gives you a valuable qualification and brings your hairdressing skills up to an advanced level.  You will have the ability to excel, and will be able to progress from a junior position into a full stylist role.

You will also be prepared for further study at a more advanced level. You could continue to study part-time and progress onto the NVQ 3 Hairdressing Apprenticeship course, which is also offered at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

Additional campus/course information:

  • Dolgellau

    Aimed at those who would like to pursue a career in the exciting, fashion- orientated world of Hairdressing.

    Unit Information

    This is a practical course to enable you to become a stylist. You will study all aspects of Ladies' and Mens' hairstyling including cutting, perming, colouring, setting, blow-drying, long hair, hair/scalp treatments, client consultation, reception, and health and safety. The course will provide you with the knowledge to pursue a career in Hairdressing.

  • Rhos-on-Sea

    The course consists of the following units:

    Mandatory units:

    • Cut hair using basic techniques 
    • Set and dress hair 
    • Style and finish hair 
    • Change hair colour 
    • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 
    • Advise and consult with clients 
    • Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation 
    • Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risk to health and safety. 

    Optional units:

    • Fulfil salon reception duties 
    • Promote additional services or products to customers 
    • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work 
    • Plait and twist hair 
    • Perm and neutralise hair 
    • Attach hair to enhance a style 

    Additional Essential Skills units:

    • Communications Level 2 
    • Application of Number Level 1 
    • Information Technology Level 1