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Advanced Apprenticeship - Level 3 Diploma Hairdressing or Barbering at County Training - Shropshire Council

Course description

This course provides an introduction of working within a salon environment and prepares candidates to progress onto an Apprenticeship.

Advanced apprentices take their learning a step further by developing their cutting and colouring skills so they can carry out all the latest fashion techniques – and maybe even determine the fashion looks of the future.

The Barbering course will teach you all about the cutting and styling of men and boys hair, learning how to give client consultations, cut hair, trim and shape facial hair and shampoo and condition hair and scalp.

These courses are work-based qualifications, so you will be learning through on-the-job practical training, providing you with the relevant skills and experience in order to continually progress your career.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who is aged 16 and over looking to start or develop a career in hairdressing or barbering.

County Training is currently offering both pathways at two levels:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

Course content

On an Advanced Apprenticeship you will work towards a framework of qualifications which will include:


  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English, Maths
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Learners will need to attend an induction session plus a Literacy/ Numeracy diagnostic at our centre. Learners will attend college sessions as and when required by a tutor.

Entry requirements

Before you can start this course, you will need to have a relevant paid work placement of at least 30 hours per week. There may be existing placements available or County Training can provide you with support to find a placement. This may be through an interview, some support with writing applications or preparing a CV, or even through work-experience placements.


Examination and Practical Assessment

Before your course starts you will meet with your manager at work and your assessor to discuss which units of the qualification you will be working towards. These will be based on the kind of job role and day-to-day tasks you will be doing. Your assessor will then visit you on a regular basis to help collect evidence of the skills and knowledge you are gaining through one-to-one discussions, observations at work and witness testimonies from your manager – all of these activities will help you to build a portfolio demonstrating your ability for this area of work.

Financial information

The cost will be dependent on individual circumstances. There may be funding available to cover training costs.

For 16-18 year olds undertaking an Apprenticeship, training will be fully funded. A contribution of £250/£350 may be required for individuals aged 19 and over depending on existing qualifications held.

Future opportunities

Hair stylists need to keep up to date with new trends, so there are always opportunities for further training or the chance to specialise in a certain area e.g. colouring.

If you want to progress to a higher level you could do a foundation degree in hairdressing and salon management and even move on to complete a BA (Hons) in this subject area.

Often qualified hairdressers and barbers take the leap into setting up their own business and take up management training. Others train to become assessors and tutors – there are plenty of exciting paths for those serious about a career in the hairdressing and barbering industry.

Further information

Any person currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship is entitled to access a programme of 6 management courses free!

Courses are available in the following area:

  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Team Leading
  • Mentoring
  • Managing Change

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact County Training - Shropshire Council directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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