The broad purpose of the apprenticeship is to learn a range of barbering skills tailored to client requirements, whilst providing an outstanding service. A barbering professional at level 2 will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of barbering techniques, style and finish hair to create a variety of looks, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services. Barbers must be able to work with all hair types, characteristics and classifications ranging from straight (type 1) hair to very curly, hair with texture (Type 4 textured hair). They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients and demonstrate professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills, and retail skills alongside safe working practices associated with their role. They must be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills. This occupation interacts with a wide and diverse range of clients, the barbershop team, and other associated hairdressing and beauty professionals. They should also be able to promote themselves, their organisation, products and services using a variety of channels.
An employee in this occupation will be responsible for demonstrating industry standards of professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills, teamwork, retail and selling skills for clients. They will also be able to complete a range of barbering services to create a variety of looks.
What You'll Learn
Provide a positive customer experience, showcasing yourself, your organisation and the barbering industry.
Barbershop health and safety, legal and organisational requirements.
Determine requirements, advise, discuss and agree the service with the client.
Cut hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks.
Style and finish using barbering techniques.
Maintain up to date knowledge and skills of new and emerging hairstyles, trends, techniques, products, tools and equipment.
Cut facial hair into shape.
Provide shaving services.
Promote self, organisation, products and services using a variety of channels.
GCSE English and maths grade 2 or above or an equivalent.
How you will be assessed
Practical assessment with questions
You will be observed by an independent assessor completing a set of tasks. It will last 3.25 hours.
Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio of evidence
If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.
For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.
Course and Career progression
Barber/Stylist: As a qualified barber, you can work in a barbershop or salon, offering a range of grooming services to clients. This includes haircuts, beard trims, shaves, hairstyling, and other related services.
Salon Manager: With experience and additional skills in business and management, you can progress to a managerial role within a barbershop or salon. This position involves overseeing daily operations, managing staff, and ensuring customer satisfaction.
Barber Educator/Instructor: If you have a passion for teaching and sharing your expertise, you can become a barber educator or instructor. You can join a barber school or training institution to train and mentor aspiring barbers, passing on your knowledge and skills.
Freelance Barber: As a skilled barber, you have the flexibility to work as a freelance professional. You can set up your own mobile barbering business, visit clients at their homes or offices, or even offer specialized services for events like weddings, photoshoots, or fashion shows.
Product Sales Representative: With in-depth knowledge of grooming products, you can explore opportunities as a sales representative for barbering or haircare product companies. You would promote and sell products to barbershops, salons, and other related businesses.
Barber Shop Owner: If you have entrepreneurial aspirations, you can open your own barber shop. This involves managing the business, hiring and training staff, and providing excellent services to attract and retain customers.
Platform Artist: As a platform artist, you can showcase your skills at industry events, trade shows, or educational seminars. This involves demonstrating cutting-edge techniques, participating in competitions, and representing brands or product lines.
What Happens Next
You can express your interest in this apprenticeship by completing an application form or alternatively you can apply for one of our live apprenticeship vacancies via the College website. Our apprenticeships can also be found on the government’s apprenticeship site, gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship.