Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship Barbering

Start date(s):
1 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 2
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Part Time
Attendance Type:
Campus, Mixed Mode, Work Based
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
Tuition fees paid by employer. Enquire for more information.


This intermediate course combines study with practical learning on-the-job. You will attend college on a day-release basis while employed and working as an apprentice barber

The course is designed to develop your barbering skills in colouring, cutting and styling men's hair.

You will gain evidence from your place of work, which will contribute towards the achievement of your apprenticeship.
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This apprenticeship programme will enable you to earn while you learn. You will gain vital hands-on experience working in a barbers.

You will attend college one day per week where you will study a combination of practical and theory, as well as independent study. If required, you will also study Functional Skills alongside the main programme. It is imperative that you can commit to attend all sessions, to maximise your opportunities and achieve the course requirements.


You will study the following units:
  • Advise and consult with clients - you will carry out full consultations with clients independently.
  • Shampoo and condition hair - you will carry out a pre-service shampoo and conditioning treatment on clients.
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work – you will develop your own personal needs and work as part of a team in the salon.
  • Cut men’s hair using basic hairdressing techniques - you will learn, practise and carry out a variety of popular haircutting techniques to style men’s hair.
  • Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques – you will follow and create guidelines on the face.
  • Dry and finish hair – you will complete each look with a blow-dry or style that will complement the look.
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair - you will finish the look to meet the client's needs.
  • Smooth and strengthening - you will carry out the smoothing system to finish the look.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week



*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

An apprenticeship programme combines real workplace learning with classroom based theory, portfolio building and underpinning knowledge.

Practical assessments will be carried out in both the College’s salon and your place of work. Your assessor will visit you regularly to ensure you are making continuous progress. Your allocated assessor will carry out workplace reviews with you and your employer, to ensure you are meeting the requirements of each unit.

You will spend the majority of the working week in the workplace, gaining practical experience whilst collecting a portfolio of evidence to meet criteria of occupational standards.

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your course. You will carry out practical assessments with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed. The assessments will be carried out on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Each unit will involve one exam covering all the underpinning knowledge relevant to that unit/topic. A commercial salon is ran from October half term for the learners to have the opportunity to complete the practical assessments. You may be required to provide some clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore the skills you have been learning.

Maths and English

You are required to bring your GCSE grades. Ideally, you will hold a minimum of grade 4 in maths and English. If you do not hold a grade 4, you will be required to study Functional Skills in maths and/or English, at a relevant level, alongside your programme.

Industry links:

This programme covers all aspects of barbering and allows you to learn the craft alongside qualified barbers. Throughout your time at college, you will work in our fantastic commercial hair and beauty salon and will learn the skills and techniques needed to work in the industry.


You must be employed within a barber shop that will enable you to gain barbering skills and vital hands-on experience. You will be required to work up to 40 hours per week, to gain a superb understanding of the industry.

You will attend college for training and this will form part of your working hours.

For further information please speak to our Apprenticeship up team by emailing apprenticeships@newdur.ac.uk or calling Indre Kennedy on 01913754946.

You could progress to Certificate in Education at New College Durham, or seek employment/self-employment as a barber.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and/or may wear you’re the uniform from your employer’s salon.

You will have the option to purchase a kit for your course. Information on prices for these items will be provided during your interview.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview with a curriculum team member. At this stage, further course information and expectations will be discussed to enable you to make an informed choice.

If you do not secure an apprenticeship placement, we will offer you a place on our full-time course, starting in September, until you can be transferred onto the apprenticeship programme.

Please request further support to source an apprenticeship employer if you require it. Indre Kennedy is the Apprenticeship Officer who can support this process, she can be contacted on 0191 375 4946.

Entry Criteria

It is a formal requirement that you are in full-time employment, and your employer must support you throughout the programme. You must be prepared to attend college one day per week and work in the salon for 40 hours over the remaining days.

You are required to bring your GCSE grades. Ideally, you will hold a minimum of grade 4 in maths and English. If you do not hold a grade 4, you will be required to study Functional Skills in maths and/or English, at a relevant level, alongside your programme.

As part of this apprenticeship qualification, you will also explore and research topics on Employers Rights and Responsibility. You will undertake on-the-job training over the duration of your apprenticeship, which will be recorded by you in a diary.