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This qualification in Barbering requires learners to work in a commercial barbering salon for work experience. Assessments must be carried out on real paying clients, in line with the commercial service times. It is designed for those students who wish to pursue a career in self-employed or employed work as a junior barber, which is a growing industry within the hair sector.

This qualification structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop, understanding and skills depending upon their designated pathway as a junior barber.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Ideally students will have achieved a minimum Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics at GCSE.  A ‘trade’ type assignment in basic skills may be required before you start the course. Students who have not achieved English or Mathematics will be expected to re-sit these subjects at GCSE across the two years. 

Subject Specific Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification; however, a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to barbering is essential. You must be prepared to work in both a team and independently on all tasks and assignments set. You will be working with real clients, therefore excellent attendance, punctuality and a commitment to the health and safety of others is essential.

What will I do?

This qualification includes all required elements to work effectively as a junior barber including: 

  • Health & safety;
  • Client Consultation;
  • Shampoo and conditioning hair; 
  • Men’s haircuts;
  • Blow-dry and finishing;
  • Cutting facial hair to shape.

As well as the mandatory units, students are required to complete and achieve nine credits from optional units, which will be selected from an extensive list.

In parallel, students will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving, team working and research skills will also be developed. 

Assessment will take the form of practical assessments for each of the taught units with some multiple choice questions and knowledge questions.

What careers would this be suitable for?

Students could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which could include:

  • Commercial barber shops or salons;
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings;
  • Television, film, theatre, media and photo shoots.

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for employment as junior barber, they may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing an apprenticeship or level 3 qualification in barbering.

Where can I find out more?

Last updated on March 15, 2019