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Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2

Subject Area
Hair, Beauty & Media Make-up
Start Date
Study Mode
Typical duration 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

You must be employed in a relevant role for a minimum of 30 hours per week. As a minimum you should have 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English and Maths. If you do not have a grade 4 or above in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards Level 2 Functional Skills in these subjects.

What will I study?

This apprenticeship will give you the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to work as a Barber and will include:

  • 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

Observations and knowledge tests will be used to assess skills, knowledge and behaviours required for the Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals.

Method of delivery

Barbering apprentices attend College on a day release basis and work for their employer for the rest of the time. If required Functional Skills are delivered as a separate block release.

How will I be assessed?

Continual assessment will take place throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. If required, the Functional Skills are assessed through on-line tests.

The End-Point Assessment (EPA) will consist of observation and questioning whilst working on 2 models and will last a maximum of 3 hours.

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

T It is not possible to combine this course with other Vocational, T Level or A Level programmes.

Qualifications received

Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2

Diploma for Hair Professionals - Barbering Level 2

Your next steps

Job opportunities following completion of this qualification include Junior Barber, Barber, Colour Specialist, self-employment, starting your own business or higher-level apprenticeships.

To find out more about how to become an apprentice or how to recruit an apprentice into your business, please contact York College Apprenticeships Team:

Tel: 01904 770368 or email:

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