Faculty of Hair and Barbering

Attendance Options: Full Time, Part Time, Full Time


What will I study?

Full Time Courses

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

Core topics include:

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 and themed looks and techniques. This qualification will prepare learners to progress onto Level 2 Hairdressing or Barbering.

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

Core topics include:

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.

Part-time Courses

Level 3 Diploma in Barbering 

This is a 1 year intense evening course, only available to adult learners who are fully committed. The course requires 100% attendance - it covers both basic and advanced practical skills, and essential knowledge for working within the Barbering industry.

Core topics include:

Key information

How will I be assessed?

Barbering qualifications are achieved via continual assessment throughout the duration of the course. Each module will have a number of practical assessments requirements, together with an end exam (usually completed online via the exams assessment centre within College).

Learners create a portfolio of evidence to demonstrate they have achieved all the required assessments.

Milestone assessment points will track learner progress in preparation for Unit completion, which may include written tests and assignments, oral questioning, practical skills demonstrations and formative assessments.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Assessment takes place within College, in the workplace and at an End Point Assessment (EPA) centre.

Apprentices are continuously assessed throughout the course, which includes:

Final EPA results are graded either Pass, Merit and Distinction.

What will this lead to?

The Level 2 Diploma 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 Diploma 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 Certificate 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:

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

Progression for a Barber: Assessor Awards, PTTLS Preparation for Teaching in the Long Life Learning Sector.

Career options:

Starting salary: £10,000 - £16,000

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 GCSE Re-sit Study Course
You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & Maths 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, 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, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both English and Maths

T Level 
Minimum of 5 GCSE passes but English and Maths GCSE must be Grade 5 or above. 
T levels in Science and Healthcare Science will also require a minimum of a grade 5 in a GCSE Science subject.


How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

You can apply for Apprenticeship vacancies or register your interest in an Apprenticeship sector as follows -

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Full Time

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.

Part Time

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.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email

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.