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Course overview


The Level 2 Apprenticeship Standard in Hair Professionals replaced the previous NVQ level 2 in May 2017 adding some additional elements from Level 3 Apprenticeship to help ensure apprentices are more ‘work ready’ at the end of their course.


Functional Skills in Maths and English are required as part of an apprenticeship if the relevant GCSEs were not achieved, which gives a great chance to upskill if you did not achieve these at school.


You will need to achieve Functional Skills Level 1 and have attempted (but not necessarily passed) your Level 2. An initial diagnostic assessment will gauge your current level and help us know where to pitch your lessons.


“The education program is hands-on, in-depth and the trainers and educators are all there to help you every step along the way.” 

- Albany Level 2


Course structure


You will concentrate on the following six aspects:

  • Consultation

  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp

  • Cut hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of looks

  • Style and finish hair using a range of techniques to create a variety of look

  • Colour and lighten hair using a range of techniques and basic colour correction

  • A choice of one optional unit


Plus you’ll learn and develop the following skills, knowledge, and behaviours which are embedded within the hairdressing units:

  • Professionalism and Values

  • Behaviours and communication

  • Safe working practice


Added Value


Whilst studying with Gina Conway Academy you will learn the following as a matter of course:


  • Gina Conway 5-star service

  • Aveda rituals

  • Options for additional units for those learners who go the extra mile


Assessments: Once all these elements are complete, you’ll take your End Point Assessment. This synoptic assessment allows you to demonstrate your skills using a variety of techniques on models to an independent assessor.


Kit: We provide electrical equipment to use at the academy, though you will need to purchase a kit
before starting the course. A list of hairdressing tools needed can be found in the Gina Conway Hairdressing Kit List.


Wages: As an apprentice, you earn as you learn and you will be paid for your training time. You’ll be released from work one day a week to attend your course.


An apprentice’s wage will vary depending on your employer, though this rate cannot go below the apprenticeship minimum wage. A full breakdown of this can be found at

The following wages apply as of 1st April 2023:

23 and over: £10.42

21 to 22 years old: £10.18    

18 to 20: £7.49                 

Under 18: £5.28               

Apprentice: £5.28


Start Dates

We are currently accepting applications for these upcoming start dates:

Monday 9th September 2024


Apprenticeships Funding and Terms and Conditions here.

So, are you ready for your new career challenge?

Write us a message below (or email and we will get in touch with you shortly!

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