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Higher Apprenticeship - Hairdressing Level 4

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Llangefni, Work-Based Learning
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    Part-time: 78 weeks (18 months)

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Higher Apprenticeship - Hairdressing Level 4


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Course Description

This apprenticeship framework provides a work-based professional route to train senior practitioners and managers in the hair and beauty sector, particularly in hairdressing roles. Learners could come from a variety of backgrounds with a variety of qualifications or equivalent experience but definitely a passion for working in the hairdressing sector.

Learners might be already working in a level 3 hairdressing role and wish to progress their career into senior roles and /or management work or to further develop their understanding and practice in the sector in order to enhance the services offered. They may also be recruited from related sectors in Barbering at level 3.

Learners completing this higher-level apprenticeship program will already be working as senior stylists, senior practitioners, salon managers or directors. Careers may take place in a variety of locations including hairdressing salons, spas or holiday resorts.

Entry Criteria

  • You must be currently employed in a hairdressing salon and aged a minimum of 19. If not currently in a salon, we can assist in helping you find an employer
  • You should have a Level 3 hairdressing qualification or equivalent professional knowledge and experience
  • You must be enthusiastic, committed, willing to learn and have a passion for the industry
  • Appropriate personal presentation including clothing, hair and personal hygiene
  • Practical, organisational and social skills with an attention to detail and cleanliness
  • A high degree of dexterity and coordination
  • A degree of competence in using ICT
  • You will be required to attend an interview and complete a test assignment/task or presentation

All places are subject to satisfactory interview and meeting clientele requirements


The majority of the course is delivered in the workplace. However, Work-Based Learners will benefit from theory sessions, which can be one-to-one, classroom-based and/or online.

Attendance at college-based sessions to complete theory tasks and tests is not essential. It is possible to complete the qualification through open distance learning. You will have to attend Essential Skills Qualifications sessions at a convenient college site, if required.


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Electronic Portfolio of practical assessments for each unit
  • Assignments and tasks
  • Multiple-choice tests covering the underpinning knowledge (Online Exams)
  • Theory based tasks and tests
  • Work-Based Observations and Assessments


Learners can progress with a promotion within salons, either within salon groups or new employers. They can also get involved in franchising, and becoming employers themselves.

You will be able to seek additional responsibilities in your workplace, and may be able to work in a supervisory or managerial role. You will have a range of options for working as a stylist, in salons across the UK and in other countries.

On completion of this framework, learners can also progress with their studies to higher-level management qualifications. Others will gain creative confidence working on stage and in training or gain employment as a salon manager, a creative director, a salon assessor or team leader.

Campus Information Work-Based Learning

The Level 4 qualification will allow learners to progress from their apprenticeship towards a challenging career through a variety of different routes, giving opportunities to become a specialist within the industry and work in one of the top careers open to a hairdresser.

Senior Practitioners/Stylists run a salon to a high standard, including customer care, up to date fashion techniques, work within a team and individually. Have the ability to advise and guide team members e.g., apprentices, junior members of staff. Adhere to all aspects of Health and Safety. Perform all hair services; reach service and retail goals. Have the ability to keep and grow a good client base, be current and forward thinking. Supervise the team of stylists, monitor the quality of the treatments offered and monitor client activity

Pathway 1: Hairdressing – Senior Practitioner / Senior Stylist (Level 4 Diploma in Advanced Techniques and Management Practice in Hairdressing)

Unit Information

To achieve the full qualification, candidates must achieve 12 credits from the mandatory unit, a minimum of 31 credits from Group A units and a further 25 credits from Group C optional units


  • Quality management of client care in the hair and beauty sector (competence - 6 credits, knowledge - 6 credits)


  • Hair colour correction (competence - 6 credits, knowledge - 6 credits)
  • Manage the creation of a hair style collection (competence - 5 credits, knowledge -5 credits)
  • Hair and scalp specialist services (competence - 5 credits, knowledge - 4 credits)
  • Chemistry of hair and beauty products (knowledge - 14 credits)


  • Principles of studio photography (knowledge - 8 credits)
  • Studio photography (competence - 5 credits, knowledge - 5 credits)
  • Salon management (competence - 5 credits, knowledge - 5 credits)
  • Sales management in the hair and beauty sector (competence - 6 credits, knowledge - 3 credits)
  • Public relations in the hair and beauty sector (competence - 5 credits, knowledge -5 credits)
  • Marketing in the hair and beauty sector (competence - 4 credits, knowledge - 2 credits)
  • Management of health, safety and security in the salon (competence - 6 credits, knowledge - 2 credits)

Additional Essential Skills units: (A proxy can be applied if we have proof of prior achievement)

  • Communication Level 2
  • Application of Number Level 2

Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 4

Programme Area:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy


Bilingual delivery available

Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

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Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

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