Hairdressing/Barbering Apprenticeship

This apprenticeship is suitable if you are looking for a career as a hairstylist or barber.

The college has contacts with some hairdressing salons although it is good if you try and find your own employer as the salons like to meet you in person. We offer a flexible approach giving you the opportunity to complete your apprenticeship in a commercial setting with Taylor & Taylor Hairdressing and Barbering School, Wigs & WarPaint Academy or City Head Spa Skills Academy instead of at college.

Course content

As an apprentice, you will be working in a hair salon or barbers. You will assist in the smooth running of the salon and support the stylists. You will generally spend 4 days a week at work and one day in college. A typical day in the workplace will involve welcoming the clients and general housekeeping duties. You must be willing to learn new skills and take part in training activities to enhance your learning.

The day you are in college you will do some theory based work and some practical tasks. These will cover topics such as shampooing, cutting and colouring or styling and cutting men’s hair and facial hair for barbering. You will also learn about setting and dressing hair for formal ‘up dos’ and health and safety in the workplace. Knowledge of the products you use is important, so you will learn about how to sell the products to the client as well as communicating and interacting effectively. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice on paying clients in the College salon.

Hairdressing apprentices will be expected to buy a uniform for the college based practical sessions and a hairdressing kit consisting of essential equipment such as, scissors, brushes, clips, practice heads etc. The estimated cost for this will be £115.

If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college.

Will this course suit me?

A hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship will suit you if you have an artistic flair. You must have good stamina as you are often on your feet all day. You will need good people skills and be able to communicate well with clients and your fellow staff members.

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at A*-D or acceptable alternatives including English Language with Maths no lower than an E. You will also need to gain a suitable employer.

Qualification Titles

•Hairdressing or Barbering diploma NVQ Level 2

•Employer Rights and responsibilities

•Functional English and maths

Troughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to demonstrate the skills you are learning. The theory side of the course is assessed by online assessments in college. These are followed up by assessments on paying clients in the college salon.

Where can it lead?

On completion of the apprenticeship you will be classed as a junior stylist working under supervision. You can progress onto a level 3 Hairdressing qualification to further develop your skills.

The majority of apprentices continue in paid employment in a salon once they complete their qualification. Previous apprentices have gained full time employment in salons such as Toni & Guy, Loaf and Capelli in Sheffield.

Quick Info

Qualification:Hairdressing or Barbering Diploma NVQ Level 2
Duration: Variable
Date:September 2016 (variable starts)
Assessment:Workbased Assessment and Coursework
Area:Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Course code:CWIHB1

Suitable for Careers in

If you are registered on UCAS Progress you can apply for this course online by clicking

UCAS Progress

If you aged 18 years or younger you can download an application form by clicking

Ages 16 - 18

If you are aged 19 and over you can download an application form by clicking

19 and over

Enrolment Online Gateway

You have selected the following course:

Hairdressing/Barbering Apprenticeship

You will have 30 minutes to complete your enrolment after clicking on ‘I Agree’ at the bottom of this page, so please make sure you have all your details to hand.

When you begin the enrolment process you are confirming that you are happy to complete this process.

  • To complete your enrolment online you must have an email address and a current credit/debit card
  • If payment is not agreed via your card (e.g. insufficient funds) your total enrolment will be null and void
  • If you are in receipt of an eligible means tested benefit you must bring current documentation along to one of the main colleges within 5 working days of this enrolment. Failure to do so will result in your enrolment becoming null and void – see paying for your course here
  • If you have a Criminal Conviction or have received a Reprimand or Final Warning from police, acceptance on to a course will be subject to agreement here by the College
  • Do you need a nursery place? Please call 0114 260 2600 for more information before completing the online enrolment process
  • If you are an overseas student (Non British/EEA), you will be asked to provide documentation of your current status in the UK. You must bring current documentation along to one of the main colleges within 5 working days of this enrolment. Failure to do so will result in your enrolment becoming null and void.

Please keep your log-in code and password safe, you will need this if you enrol for further courses this academic year. You will need a new password each year. By clicking ‘I Agree’ you will be taken to the next stage confirming that you have read fully the course information sheet and have checked the ‘paying for your course’ section.

Terms and Conditions - Refund Policy - Equal Opportunity Policy - Privacy Policy

I Agree