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Overview of apprenticeship

On an apprenticeship you will learn whilst working, you will experience what it is like to deliver high quality barbering services along with excellent training enabling you to achieving a level 2 qualification that will be graded Pass or Distinction.


Your teacher will be a current expert in the barbering industry, they will use a variety of teaching methods including explanation and discussion, as well as group and individual activities. The class will be small and friendly and will focus on building everyday practical skills and solving problems which involve mathematical calculations. You will receive regular training whilst in your work place and will be assigned a co-ordinator form the college to support your every step.  The qualification includes an End Point Assessment, this will be arranged once you have achieved all of the qualification requirements, and have sat any necessary English & Maths exams. There will be plenty of time to practice the skills you have acquired.


Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using a range of techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair and carry out shaving services to create variety of looks for men.


Barbers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wirey hair. They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.


Learners will attend college one day a week to learn theoretical and practical practices within barbering.


Learners will also experience mock End Point Assessment during their programme to prepare them for the final element required to complete the course. 


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Delivery Plan and Assessment

Apprentices are employed by a barber shop. Your normal week will include working in the business 4 days a week (depending on your contracted hours) and you will come to college 1 day a week for training and theory input. This day varies from year to year, but is generally at the start of the week. Each business owner/manager will commit to the training you require and WSC with Mr Education will deliver both theory and practical skills, assess your knowledge and arrange 6 weekly review visits to your place of work to support and guide you through the qualification.  You will recieve 20% 'off the job training' and you will need to record this and your progress on an on line portfolio system, Onefile, you are responsible for accessing and completing this record. This record will show you the tasks, exams and professional skills you need to complete and you will have responsibility for ensuring that each part is completed. 

You will be on programme for a minimum of 13 months and up to two years, but the length of your programme will be agreed between yourself, your line manager and your work based learning co-ordinator, this person is assigned to you by us. On completion of your training you will attempt an EPA, End Point Assessment, this is designed to assess your overall skills covering all areas studied both practically and personally, this is a holistic approach to assessment and will ascertain your professional attitude as well as your skills and knowledge. This will be assessed by an independent assessor unknown to you or your salon. You MUST pass this EPA in order to qualify as a professional barber.

Where will this course take me?

Level 3 Apprenticeship in Barbering is not offered to students who have completed this Professional Barbering Standard as there are many of the tasks currently at level 3 that have been included in this qualification.  Level 3 Technical Diploma in Hairdressing is available and we can offer progression to that route.

Down to business, what can I do and what can I earn?

Barbering is an industry full of self motivated, driven individuals who thrive on hard work in a busy, friendly atmosphere. Your earnings will directly reflect your love for your job and your passion for the barbering industry. Customer service is key to your earnings, building relationships with your clients will increase your clientele and your wages.
This is a guide to your possible earnings:
How much money can I make as a barber in the UK?
As a junior barber, you can expect to earn about £40-£60 per day in salary, and £20 in tips. If you work a 6-day week and 50 weeks per year, this equates to earnings of £18,000 to £24,000. With time and experience, a pro barber can earn as much as £1000 per week or £50k per year.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to be able to study at level 2, students who have achieved their GCSE in English & Maths will be exempt from functional skills, otherwise you will be expected to study Functional Skills English & Maths qualifications up to and including Level 2 and sit exams for these subjects. 

Each student will be initially assessed on enrolment to check their suitablity for this level, should we have concerns, we will speak to you on an individual basis, and an alternative offer will be made that will enable you to achieve your goals. 


The industry has high client expectations and relies on repeat business, therefore, importance is given to the following: appropriate personal presentation including hair and personal hygiene. Practical organisational and social skills. Attention to detail and cleanliness. A good sense of humour. Good communication skills, and be prepared to work flexible hours


On completion you will achieve: City & Guilds Professional Hair Standard- Barbering

How is this funded?


Apprentices are not required to contribute financially towards Apprenticeship training.


As apprentices are paid employees, you will need to fund your own kit, equipment and uniform.



If your organisation is an Apprenticeship Levy Payer = £9,000

If your organisation is a Non-Levy Payer = £900

(Pending Learner Eligibility Checks)


Contact us on 01284 716246 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details of costs and how Apprenticeships are funded.


Try out our apprenticeship levy calculator here

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line and come in for an interview to check your suitability for this course. You should also look at the barber shops in your area to see if you can gain work experience, see if this really is the career for you. Check out the WSC college website for apprenitce opportunities. 

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Starting 18/09/2018
Tuesday 09:15 - 16:15

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