Barbering Apprenticeship

Qualification: Advanced
Level 3

This course is currently unavailable. Please register your interest below and we will let you know when it next becomes available.

About this apprenticeship

Do you have a passion for making people look and feel good? If so a career in the barbering industry could be the route for you. Training for a career in traditional barbering services will provide you with the required and recognised skills that will always be in demand in this growing men’s market.

In addition to barber shops and unisex hair salons, employers can range from the film or television industries, luxury cruise ships, hotels and in the exciting world of fashion.

An apprenticeship is a real paid job with training. You will need to have an employer willing to employ you for a minimum of 30 hours per week in order to start an apprenticeship.

What you will learn

As an apprentice you will qualify to cut, colour and shape their client’s hair to create the style requested. In addition you will develop their communication skills – an essential requirement to the service industry. As an advanced apprentice you will develop your cutting and colouring skills so you can carry out cuts in line with the latest fashion techniques and trends.

Typical duties will include:

  • Hair Consultation
  • Cutting and Styling
  • Colouring
  • Wet Shaving
  • Making Appointments
  • Taking Payments
  • Ordering materials
Learning style

As an apprentice you can expect to undertake work based learning with an employer and to be paid a wage. The apprenticeship will include an NVQ diploma, functional skills and knowledge based element or technical certificate.


Training at City College will give you a huge advantage as you will learn in our purpose built hair and beauty salon, Kudos. You will learn with industry standard equipment working under supervision with real, paying clients to give you a wealth of experience.

Entry requirements

A full assessment will take place to ensure you have the skills to complete the qualification. As this is an advanced apprenticeship, all applicants will require GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 in English and maths (or equivalent), or can demonstrate through the assessment process that they will be able to achieve this. By completing a workplace audit the Apprenticeship Coordinator will be able to establish whether you are covering the right level of tasks in the workplace to support the criteria necessary for the on-site evidence.

Note - You will be required to attend an interview at the College prior to enrolling onto an apprenticeship.

What next?
  • Barber
  • Senior Barber
Additional information

You will attend college one day a week to ensure you get the support you need to succeed. The rest of the training will take place in the workplace with in-house training by the employer and an assessor who will visit you on site.

Employer Information

Evidence of knowledge and competency can be obtained through: observations in the workplace, physical products of work, reports, plans, online assessments, correspondence, witness testimony, discussion and questioning.

Apprentices will also be assigned an Assessor, who will visit them every 12 weeks to ensure they are happy with their progress and on track to achieve.