Barbering Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship that gives you the required skills, work experience and industry qualifications to work in roles cutting men and boys’ hair

Entry requirements

Aged 16+

Course length

1 to 2 years depending on apprentice progress


Level 2 Diploma in Barbering

Course content

Skills are developed by practising in a commercial barber shop or hair salon with genuine clients during the working day. The apprentice also attends off-the-job training sessions. To complete the qualification, students must demonstrate competence across a variety of tasks, details of these are below.

Greeting clients; consultation with client; shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp; cutting hair using barbering techniques to create a variety of looks; style and finish men’s hair; cut facial hair into shape; provide shaving services.

Additional information

• Apprentices are employed by a local salon or barber shop and receive a wage
• Training is a mix of practical on-the-job, and off-the-job training
• Tutors from Mode provide ongoing support and assessment to students throughout their course, and this includes additional training in English and Maths if necessary

Costs and funding

This course costs £3000. The costs of training and assessment are usually paid for by government funding, with contributions from the employer. The course can also be paid for privately.

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