Hair and Beauty

Barbering Level 3 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

You may start an Apprenticeship at any time. This programme will take a minimum of 12 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You must hold three GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English and maths at grade 4 or above
  • Level 2 in Barbering
  • You will need to be at least 16 years of age
  • You will need to find an employer to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship vacancies.

You will achieve

You will achieve a Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering Framework

Course overview

If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. This apprenticeship will provide you with the training and qualifications you need to work in the beauty industry.

Course content

You will study all the mandatory units listed below and chose from optional units until you reach a minimum of 37 credits. You will also study:

  • Employment, Rights and Responsibilities (ERR) Booklet
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths
  • Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Mandatory Units

  • Provide client consultation services
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
  • Design and create a range of facial shapes
  • Provide shaving services

Optional Units

  • CB6 Colour and lighten men’s hair
  • CHB18 Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business
  • CHB15 Develop and enhance your creative hairdressing skills

You will be assessed by your assessor using a portfolio of evidence, practical demonstrations and assignments. You will be assessed both in college and in your place of work.

You will need to purchase a Barbering kit. Further information will be provided at induction.

You will study within the workplace and may have to attend classes at Barnsley College’s Old Mill Lane Campus, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2YW.

Upon completion you could progress onto the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing or apply for job roles including:

  • Barber
  • Hairdresser

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Having good English and maths qualifications are important for most careers and we want to give you the help you need to succeed.

If you are aged 16 – 19 and don’t already have a grade C/4 or above in GCSE English and maths they will automatically be included in your study programme. If you want to work towards higher grades in English and maths  we can help you do that too.

Need a higher level maths qualification? We offer a Level 3 Mathematical Studies (Core Maths).

This can be added to your study programme

If you need any further information, please contact the Info Team.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Barbering Level 3 Apprenticeship

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