Apprenticeship In Hairdressing

If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you.

Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create what the client wants. You have the option to train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time as an apprentice, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release. To become a hairdresser, you will need to have excellent customer service and 'people' skills. You will need creativity and a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

 As a junior hairdresser, you would carry out tasks like:

  • greeting customers
  • shampooing hair
  • simple cutting
  • making sure towels and supplies are ready for use
  • ensuring the salon is clean and tidy.

As a senior hairdresser, you would talk to clients about how they want their hair done, and give them advice and suggest style ideas.

Your work would include:

  • shampooing and conditioning
  • cutting and styling
  • colouring, perming or straightening
  • advising on minor hair and scalp problems
  • making appointments and handling payments
  • ordering materials
  • making sure that hair products containing chemicals are used and stored correctly.

You could specialise in working with particular clients or techniques, for example in a men's barber shop or pressing, braiding and plaiting Afro-Caribbean hair.

Hairdressing includes:

  • booking appointments
  • shampooing
  • conditioning
  • drying and styling hair
  • mixing and applying hair colouring

You'll study topics such as hair and skin testing, the effects of chemicals on hair and skin, and the principles of hair colour selection – there’s also the option to learn about promoting products, perming, or relaxing different types of hair.

Advanced apprentices take their learning a step further by developing their cutting and colouring skills so they can carry out all the latest fashion techniques – and maybe even determine the fashion looks of the future

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities

Level 2/Level 3 in Hairdressing

GCSE Grade A-D. Alternatively students can sit an initial assessment to check their levels of Maths and English, minimum would be Entry Level 3.

If you are aged 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.

Once you are working as a hairdresser, you would need to keep up to date with new trends, techniques and products. Manufacturers sometimes run short courses on their hair care products.

You could develop your career by completing higher level qualifications, such a foundation degree, HNC/HND or degree. These normally incorporate further specialist skills with training in salon management. 

Fully-trained hairdressers can earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year.

Top professional hairdressers can earn £30,000 a year or more, depending on who they work for and the salon location.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development