VTCT Level 2/3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
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12-18 Months per level
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This Apprenticeship offers a combination of qualifications that will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need for styling both hair and facial hair. Once qualified, many Apprentices go on to run their own successful salons or work in a mobile capacity. Meanwhile, others use their skills in other areas such as behind the scenes in film and television.

What will I learn?

Examples of Level 2 units include: ‘cutting men’s hair using basic techniques’, ‘cutting facial hair to shape using basic techniques’, ‘drying and finishing men’s hair’ and ‘advising and consulting clients’.

Examples of Level 3 units include: ‘providing clients with consultation services’, ‘designing and creating a range of facial hair shapes’ and ‘creatively cutting hair using a combination of barbering techniques’.

There are also a wide range of optional units across both levels such as ‘providing specialist hair and scalp treatments’, ‘colour correction services’ and ‘creating patterns in hair’.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught one day per week at College while developing your skills four days per week in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment includes course work, exams (written and practical), oral questioning, a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments.

What can I do next?

The Level 2 Apprenticeship may give you the opportunity to progress onto the Level 3 Apprenticeship in Barbering. After Level 3 you will be a qualified Barber equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to work in the industry.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to purchase a uniform (black tunic or black t-shirt, black trousers and shoes) and a barbering kit (including scissors, clippers, lining out clippers, dryer, combs, brushes, etc). Please speak to a College advisor for the latest costs.

Entry Requirements

All Apprenticeships require an initial assessment, interview and employment in the industry. At Level 2 you’ll need four GCSEs at grade 3 (formerly D) or above including English and maths. At Level 3 you will need a Level 2 qualification in the subject and English and maths at grade 4 (formerly C) or above. You will need to have good people, dexterity and communication skills as well as a desire to work professionally with the general public.

If the start date for your course has already passed we may still be able to accommodate you.

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