Hairdressing Level 2 and Level 3 Modern Apprenticeship

Modern Apprenticeship in Hairdressing

The qualification consists of
SVQ2 or SVQ3 in Hairdressing and Barbering

Core skills at SCQF4

Modern Apprenticeship
The qualification is accredited through Habia
The qualification is awarded by SQA

The apprenticeship scheme runs over 2 years for Level 2 with attendance at Shetland College. Level 3 runs over 1 year, also with attendance at Shetland College.

Candidates will be required to enter at Level 2 and will hopefully then progress on to Level 3 after having had time to establish themselves at the salon.

Attendance at College
SVQ 2 IN HAIRDRESSING AT SCQF LEVEL 5. This will be done over 2 years with the majority of time spent in the salon. Training will be arranged on Mondays on a bi-weekly basis. Theory work will be done in the college and you will sit the exams there. On Mondays or Fridays, the assessor will come to the salon to do on site observations and help with portfolio work


This will be done over 1 year. As with the SVQ2, most of the time will be done in the salon. Theory and exams will be done in the college under exam conditions and the assessor will come out to do the required assessments in the salon. Where required, the college’s own salon may be used. Observations can be done on a flexible basis.


Core skills at SCQF 4 will be required to be done and these will be arranged through Shetland College.

Typical duties will include

As a junior hairdresser, you would:

  • Greet customers
  • Shampoo their hair
  • Do simple cutting
  • Make sure towels and supplies are ready for use
  • Keep the salon clean and tidy

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

You would:

  • Shampoo and condition customers’ hair
  • Cut and style customers’ hair
  • So colouring, perming or straightening
  • Advise on minor hair and scalp problems
  • Make appointments and handle payments
  • Order materials
  • Make sure that hair products containing chemicals are used and stored correctly

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The National Occupational Standards for hairdressing and barbering clearly identify that Level 2 is the qualification appropriate for a junior stylist or barber. Level 3 is the expected requirement for the role of stylist, barber or other senior positions in the salon.

Personal Qualities, Skills and Qualifications

Applicants will be required to have good communication skills and be physically able for the tasks involved in the job.  They should have a pleasant manner, smart appearance and a good standard of education.

An artistic flair and interest in fashion would also be an advantage.

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