Hairdressing/Barbering Apprenticeship

This course is for learners looking for a career as a hairstylist or barber.

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.

Course content

The day you are in college you will cover 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.

Entry Requirements

  • 2 GCSEs at A*-D (or acceptable alternatives) to include English Language, no lower than E in Maths.

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. 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.

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: 1 year
Date:September 2014
Assessment:Workbased Assessment and Coursework
Area:Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy
Campus:Sheffield City College
Course code:BCMHAIR

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