Advanced & Creative Hair Professional

Key Information

Level 3
Typical Duration 15 Months
Delivery Model Day release
Delivery Location Worsley College, Walkden Road, M28 7QD
Start Date September 2020

Programme Summary

Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals are creative, passionate, and driven professionals who work without supervision, managing themselves and others when required. They provide a quality service, whilst working to the highest standards, and continuously developing their personal and professional skills.

An Advanced and Creative Hair Professional works in the hair industry, which is one of the largest, most trusted and fashion forward professions. They take ownership of their work and client lists, accept responsibility, are proactive, flexible and adaptable, plan their work and time, they aim for excellence by taking exceptional pride in their work and industry. The work environment can be varied in size, style and ambiance, from a bespoke salon, the media industry, cruise ships, product houses and manufacturers to luxury high-end hair salon. 

They are highly skilled and experienced individual professionals, who deliver hair fashion forward trends, which are innovative styles inspired by current images and their own creativity, individual flair, imagination and interpretation.

What will you learn?

Apprentices will learn:

  • The principles and stages of planning, researching and developing fashion forward trends
  • Different media types and platforms
  • How to promote fashion-forward collections of hairstyle looks, using a choice of media to target a specific market, individuals or groups
  • How a collection of hairstyle looks can be used to promote individuals and salons
  • The legal responsibilities when using images
  • How to create the collection of hairstyle looks using a range of models and methods of recording the collection
  • Health and safety legislation, safe working practices and effective communication related to creating a collection of hairstyle looks
  • How to complete an in-depth complex analysis of the client hair
  • The influencing factors and individual characteristics which need to be considered when creating a collection of hairstyle looks
  • How and when to use sectioning and cutting guidelines
  • Different sectioning patterns to create round, square, and triangular shapes
  • Precision and personalised cutting techniques for example: geometric, asymmetric, disconnection, a line bob/inverted bob
  • Cutting techniques to include graduating, layering, thinning, tapering, club cutting, freehand, advanced texturising (slide cutting, channel cutting, point cutting, slicing), undercutting, disconnecting razor cutting, close cutting (scissor or clipper over comb, fading, neckline shapes) precision cutting (solid edge and zero elevation), and clipper work
  • Preparation, fashion styling, dressing and finishing techniques that can be used to create the look
  • The use of products, tools and equipment in accordance with legal requirements, manufacturers’ instructions and salon policy
  • Methods of presenting showcasing and promoting the collection of hairstyle looks internally using a visual medium
  • Smoothing and strengthening services
  • Advanced creative colour conversion

How is it delivered and assessed?

This standard is delivered on a day release basis at Worsley College, Walkden Road, M28 7QD, with practical and theory sessions delivered in college. In addition to this, you will be developing your skills and behaviours in the workplace with your mentor. The college uses an e-portfolio system to record the learning journey. This will include evidence from college and the salon using clients and models, observations by your assessor, photographs etc.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Level 3 Diploma for Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in English (unless previously achieved)
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in maths (unless previously achieved)

End Point Assessment

The end point assessment will consist of:

  • A multiple choice knowledge test
  • Observations and questioning (one precision cut and finish from personal collection of hair style looks, and one advanced creative colour conversion on previously coloured hair)
  • A professional discussion using the candidates collection of hairstyle looks

Entry Requirements

  • Apprentices should have completed the Hair Professional standard
  • Or, a relevant Level 2 Hairdressing qualification with significant work experience, plus English and maths at minimum level 1

Apprentices must be in suitable employment have the opportunity to develop all required knowledge, skills and behaviours aligned to this apprenticeship standard.

Interested in this apprenticeship? Apply now.