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Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies
Start Date
Study Mode
18 Months + End-Point Assessment
Level 2

If you want an exciting and varied career, barbering could be for you. There is a demand across the country for skilled and qualified barbers, and employers increasingly need committed, well trained and enthusiastic workers.

Entry requirements

To start the course you must be employed in a relevant environment for a minimum of 30 hours per week. You should ideally have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including Maths and English.

What will I study?

You will work as part of a team in running a salon by shampooing, conditioning, styling, cutting, colouring and reception work and therefore gaining valuable employability skills.

There are six mandatory units:

  • Client consultation
  • Shampoo, condition and treat hair and scalp
  • Cutting hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks
  • Style and finish men’s hair
  • Cutting facial hair into shape
  • Provide shaving services

Typical Job roles include Junior Barber, Barber, Colour Specialist and Self-Employed Barber. This qualification can also be beneficial for those wishing to pursue women’s hairdressing.

Method of delivery

Delivery will be in partnership with employers and adopt a blended approach of on and off-the-job training and professional development. Apprentices attend College one day per week, and work for their employer the rest of the time. The apprenticeship takes one year to complete. Students may need to attend extra sessions on an additional day or block for Maths or English.

How will I be assessed?

You will work though the units of delivery and build up a portfolio, which is a collection of examples or evidence of your work that shows your skills and ability, such as a work diary, photos, statements from your employer and colleagues and examples of completed tasks. Once you have completed all of your units and portfolio you will be put forward for an End Point Assessment (EPA) in which you will then demonstrate your practical skills.

Additional costs

There are no specific College programme related costs, however you will be advised of any additional costs during your application and enrolment process.

Good course combinations

This is a full-time course. It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Qualifications received

  • Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing/Barbering)

Your next steps

Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include Junior Barber, Barber, Colour Specialist, self-employment, or progression onto the Advanced Barbering Apprenticeship Level 3.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York Business Partnership Team: Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

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