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Overview

Title: Barbering

Pathway: Hair & Beauty

Available Study Options:
Apprenticeship, Full Time, Part Time Print

Study Option

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What will I study?

All new learners interested in Barbering start on the Level 2 Certificate in Barbering. You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them during practical assessment tasks.

Core topics include:

  • Health and Safety 
  • Consultation

  • Shampoo & condition 

  • Cutting men’s hair

  • Cutting facial hair

  • Dry and finish 

This qualification is aimed at learners aged 16-18 who need to achieve English and math's GCSE grades 3-9. 

For learners who just fall short of the Level 2 entry requirements we offer an introduction via the Skills & Employability pathway. This qualification is a support role within a commercial Hair or Barbering type environment and includes a variety of basic Hair and Barbering skills such as shampooing, hair and scalp consultation, basic styling.

This qualification will prepare learners to progress onto Level 2 Hairdressing or Barbering.

Uniform and kit required - more information provided after application

Level 2 Technical in barbering 

All new learners interested in Barbering start on the Level 2 Technical  in Barbering. You will study theoretical aspects of the subject and apply them during practical assessment tasks.

Core topics include:

  •  Principles and Practices in barbering 
  • Consultation

  • Shampoo & condition 

  • Cutting men’s hair

  • Cutting facial hair

  • Dry and finish 

This qualification is aimed at learners who have previously achieved English and math's GCSE grades 3-9/ A-D. 

Uniform and kit required - more information provided after application

Level 3 Technical in Barbering covers advanced practical skills and essential knowledge for working within the barbering industry.

Core topics include:

  • Health & Safety

  • Consultation

  • Cutting men’s hair

  • Cutting facial hair
  • Shaving and facial massage service
  • Tutor lead - Optional Unit 

This qualification is aimed at learners who have previously achieved English and math's GCSE grades 3-9/ A-D.

Uniform and kit required - more information provided after application

For Level 3 qualifications, ALL grade levels carry UCAS points to support progression to higher education.

There will be costs associated with the kit and salon uniform required for the course.

Work Experience is an essential part of all full time study programmes. Learners complete a minimum 35 hours within an industry linked environment per academic year/qualification.

How will I be assessed?

Level 2 / Level 3 Certificate in Barbering  

Continuous assessment includes:

  • Practical observations
  • Externally set paper based/online modular tests
  • Verbal  questioning.

Level 2/ Level 3 Technical Barbering 

ALL technical qualifications are graded (Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*) by external end point assessments (EPAs).

This includes:

  • Written theory paper
  • Practical examination.

Milestone assessment points will track learner progress in preparation for the EPA, and include written tests and assignments, spoken questioning, practical skills demonstrations and mock assessments.

For Level 3 qualifications, ALL grade levels carry UCAS points to support progression to higher education.

What will this lead to?

The Level 2 Certificate in Barbering is aimed at learners looking to start a career in the Barbering industry. Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship or further their studies by taking a Level 2 Technical  in Barbering.

Level 2 Technical  in Barbering is aimed at learners looking to start a career in the Barbering industry. Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship or further their studies by taking a Level 3 Technical  in Barbering.

Other Level 2 pathways could broaden their career opportunities such as Level 2 Beauty Therapy (male grooming) or Ladies Hairdressing.

The Level 3 Technical in Barbering provides you with a range of specialist technical skills and knowledge that will equip you to seek employment or further training within the Hairdressing industry.

Employment can be found in the following areas:

  • Barber's salons
  • Hair salons
  • Spas
  • Cruise ships
  • Holiday resort hotel salons.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses : 
Skills for Life & Work 
No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.  
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND). 

Skills & Employability  
English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3  

Full Time ESOL
No formal qualification are required for this course, you will recieve an offer of a place subject to passing an assessment;

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an assessment. 

Full Time Level 1 Course 
English & Maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & Maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3. 

Full Time Level 2 Course 
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including English and Maths or a vocational qualification Level 1 in the chosen subject, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both English and Maths. 
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.  

Full time Level 3 Course
Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including English and Maths) or a vocational qualification Level 2 in the chosen subject,
English & Maths Functional Skills Level 2 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs in some subject areas.  

T Level 
Minimum of 4 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 4 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 4 in a GCSE Science subject.

 

How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.

Cost

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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