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Apprenticeship Standard: Hair Professional (Barbering)

Learn and develop industry standard barbering skills while gaining hands on experience on this apprenticeship programme. The completion of this course will create a variety of opportunities, including the chance to progress onto a Level 3 Barbering Qualification.


This relatively new style of programme is often selected by Barbers as it aims to focus all training on the commercial service needs. This course is perfect for passionate and driven up-and-coming stylists wanting to embark on their Barbering careers. There will be a balance of taught sessions and industry experience during this course, this will further support and enhance the learning journey.

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Start date: 01/08/2022

Course code
Level 2
Truro College
2 years


Small Class Sizes

Experienced Tutors

Industry Standard Facilities

Great Industry Links

Learn From Sector Experts

You will be taught by current Barbers with extensive experience who will help advance your knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of both the course and the industry.

Enjoy Professional Surroundings

As well as working in a local salon as part of your work placement, the facilities at the college all contain the latest industry-standard equipment and resources as well as linked to high-end companies such as Blue Beard Revenge.

Learning Focus

You will learn all aspects of barbering including cutting, styling and shaving services in line with current trends. You will also learn skills such as communication, professionalism, personal presentation, timekeeping and customer service, which will become a vital part of your trade.


Throughout the qualification, you will develop an understanding of all relevant industry skills as well as developing interpersonal skills to assist you in your effective communication with clients and professionals.

This qualification is both practical and skill-focused with embedded knowledge targeted throughout. A variety of teaching methods including discussions, demonstrations and presentations are used to enhance learning experiences and prepare for your chosen career path. You will work independently, in pairs or small groups practicing techniques in a realistic working environment to improve skills, knowledge and personal confidence ready for the introduction of clients and professional observations.


Following this course, you will have the option to continue your studies with Truro and Penwith college by studying a Level 3 in Barbering, or gain employment in the industry.

Assessment Arrangements

Your success in this qualification is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. You will study in a friendly atmosphere, using a variety of assessment methods:

  • Most assessments are completed through practical observations of skills and techniques. This will be done throughout all of your units.
  • You will be assessed regularly on written theory work that may be conducted within the class, or as a homework activity and feedback will be continuously provided on your progress. You will also prepare for the mandatory multiple-question exams for required units.
  • Your performance will be reviewed during 1:1 sessions with your training advisor and employer as part of your apprenticeship reviews.
  • Mock examinations will also be sat on each unit throughout your course, preparing you for your final end point assessment. This will take place towards the end of your programme and be monitored by an independent assessor provided by the awarding body.

All units in the qualification are graded Fail, Pass or Distinction in preparation of the end point assessment.

The end point assessment includes a practical assessment of a full range of commercial skills within an industry setting which must be completed within the agreed commercially viable timings. Targeted oral questioning is used to establish your knowledge and understanding of the services offered and all contributing factors. You will be assessed on your professional approach to your clients and peers, values, behaviours, communication, safe working practices and consultation skills as well as your technical ability. Your grade is then awarded based on the marks given for each element.

Entry Requirements

To study this course you will need a grade 2 GCSE or above in English and Mathematics.

Information & Support

We encourage you to observe others and practice your skills development as much as possible within the college and your work placement, utilise these experiences and learning resources provided by the College and your employers to personally target your learning needs. In addition, we expect you to conduct your own research, during set home study activities to enhance your understanding of services, products and techniques. However, we will also offer you opportunities to conduct this research at College with use of our learning resource center.

Additional Information

You will be required to attend all college taught session in full uniform, with full kit ready for the delivery of the skills and services needed; full advice will be given on these before the start of your course.

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