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Intermediate NVQ Level 2 Apprenticeship in Barbering at Cambridge Regional College

Course description

This course is designed to give you a great start to your career. Apprenticeships offer the opportunity for practical experience and training whilst earning a wage and working towards industry-recognised qualifications. This programme is fully funded for 16-18 year olds, and partially funded for the 19+ age group. This Level 2 enhanced vocational programme covers the basics of barbering and is suitable for those working as barbering assistants who are training to become junior barbers. The duties that an apprentice would cover include cutting facial hair, shampoo and conditioning, drying and finishing hair. THERE WILL BE NEW STANDARDS INTRODUCED AS PART OF THE APPRENTICESHIP REFORM ACROSS ALL THE OCCUPATIONAL AREAS FROM 2015.

The Framework is made up of a number of components. In order to be successful you must complete and achieve all elements.

The full NVQ Award in Barbering at Level 2 comprising of 8 units which specify the minimum levels of performance required to work as a qualified barber
Level 1 English
Level 1 Maths
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The programme is delivered in the workplace with College day release to develop the knowledge-based elements of the framework and Functional Skills. You will require a salon uniform, barbering kit and course book for the start of the course. We will provide you with the personal equipment list for you to purchase your own. There is also a £35 fee to cover trips and activities.  You will be required to attend college during July and August.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be interviewed as part of the admissions process which will include screening and a trade assessment. Ideally, candidates should have 3 GCSEs at grade C or above, in English, Maths and one other subject.  The successful applicants will be expected to show the personal qualities required for working in the barbering industry.  To enrol you MUST be employed over 30 hours per week in a barber/unisex salon to start an Apprenticeship, please contact us should you need help in finding suitable employment.  Apprentices are paid a wage by the employer.  Your employer is required to give you a contract of employment, which will include holiday entitlement and all other benefits.In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process.


Learners will be assessed in the workplace using a variety of methods including observation, practical assessments, questioning, professional discussions, producing a portfolio of competence-based evidence which will include witness testimonials, candidate statements, and photographic evidence. Candidates are also required to sit online examinations in College.

Financial information

We are committed to providing financial support to learners where it is available. We would actively encourage you to enquire about possible financial support as soon as you can. Depending on your situation, you may qualify for a contribution towards College costs such as kit, equipment, residential fees, meals, childcare etc. Enquiries can be made to

Future opportunities

This programme provides you with a basic qualification and the skills necessary to enable you to work in industry as a qualified Barber with possible progression on to becoming a Senior Barber, Salon Manager or a Salon Owner.  Should you wish to join a level 3 programme to develop your creative and technical skills with a view to developing your career in the salon we will be happy to advise you.

Further information

If you need any more information about any of our courses, please request a copy of our full-time prospectus or contact our Information & Advice Team on 01223 226315.

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply online via or by using the Cambridge Area Partnership application form (depending on your school). Please ask your careers teacher at school.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a college Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the College soon!

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 September 2018
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