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Hairdressing Training Programmes

For the courses below please email Eleanore or telephone 01226 243204 for more information.


An Apprenticeship in Hairdressing?

An apprenticeship is the best way to gain the skills needed to be a successful stylist. Leslie Frances offers an individual learning plan enabling you to progress at your own speed. You can come to us independently or may be referred to us by another salon. Whatever your background, you can rely on the Leslie Frances Education Team to support you every inch of the way.

Our friendly team of hair care experts will guide you to achieve valuable qualifications, which will give you a sound basis to develop your career in hairdressing.

What's in it for me?

Apprenticeships allow you to learn while you earn. Once you qualify, you could go on to endless career opportunities from working as a Top Stylist at your local salon to working on a Cruise Ship or Overseas. You could also use your qualifications to get into TV & Film Work, Fashion & Photographic Work or you could go into Teaching or Managing your own Salon.

Qualified, highly skilled, talented stylists are always in demand. Experienced stylists regularly earn over £20,000 a year, but with a little creative thinking, there is no limit to the earning opportunities and careers paths available both in the UK and abroad.

  • Diploma Level 2 Hair Professionals

The Level 2 Diploma in Professional Hairdressing has been designed by employers for learners wishing to work as a hairdresser. This Diploma will lead to the achievement of the Hairdressing Professional Standard, alongside the relevant functional skills and the end-point assessment (EPA) module. Learners will complete these qualifications as an employed apprentice in a real work environment.

  • Diploma Level 3 for Advanced & Creative Hair Professionals

The Level 3 Diploma for Advanced and Creative Hair Professionals is a newly created qualification based on employer needs and has been designed by employers. The Diploma can be used to support the on-programme journey in preparation for completing the end-point assessment for the Advanced and Creative Hair Professional Apprenticeship Standard.

This is a qualification designed for learners who are at least 16 years old and who wish to develop the skills and knowledge needed work as a Hairdresser. They may have previously completed a Level 2 qualification in the relevant subject area. Learners wishing to complete this qualification will ideally be doing so as an employed, apprentice in a real work environment.

14-16 Training

Bored of the classroom?

If you are 14 or 15 years old (in year 10 or 11 at school) and keen for a new challenge, our 14-16 Training Programmes could be just the thing for you. Leslie Frances works with a number of schools locally allowing young people to spend one or two days a week at our Hairdressing Training centre to gain your qualifications. Our programmes equip you with a sound skills-base and real qualifications, which could fast-track you into a career in Hairdressing or provide the foundation for further qualifications in the Hair and Beauty or other creative industries after you leave school.

Get the edge on your classmates

Training at Leslie Frances whilst still at school could help you get more out of your regular schoolwork by providing you with real world experience to apply to dry textbook scenarios. Your practical experience will help broaden your horizons and this combined with your academic qualifications demonstrates to prospective employers' maturity, motivation and independence, making your CV stand out from the crowd when it comes to entering the world of work.

  • NEW VRQ Level 2 in Hair Services for 14-16 year olds

This new qualification in Hair Services will give you an exciting and creative understanding of the Hairdressing qualification and includes a creative artistic unit with dressing hair. Explore the art of colouring hair and creating long hair styles. You will also explore the beauty industry and find out the industries requirements for both sectors.

  • Level 2 Technical Award in Hair and Beauty Studies

The  Level 2 Technical Award in Hair and Beauty Studies  allows learners to gain theoretical knowledge and a small number of technical skills, related to the hair and beauty sector, not usually acquired through general education.

The qualification develops the following knowledge, understanding and skills:

  • specific services carried out within the hair and beauty sectors, roles and responsibilities and typical working patterns
  • evolution of hair and beauty from use in Ancient times to the mid 90s
  • how technological advancements, changes to the economy, and social factors have influenced the sector
  • chemistry of cosmetics and biology related to hair and beauty
  • uses of design and images for business use
  • technical hair styling, make-up and manicure skills

How I Made ItDominic Seeley completed his Apprenticeship at the age of 16; the youngest apprentice ever to complete at Leslie Frances Training.

Dominic began training with us at the age of 14 and is a real success story completing Hairdressing Level 1 whilst at school and now qualified at Hairdressing Level 3 and recently opened up his own salon at the age of 17.