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Hairdressing / Barbering Apprenticeship level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time work based training course.

About the course

This apprenticeship is suitable if you are looking for a career as a hairstylist or barber.

As an apprentice, you will be working in a hair salon or barbers. You will assist in the smooth running of the salon and support the stylists. You will generally spend 4 days a week at work and one day in college. A typical day in the workplace will involve welcoming the clients and general housekeeping duties. You must be willing to learn new skills and take part in training activities to enhance your learning.

The college has contacts with some hairdressing salons, but it is good if you try and find your own employer as the salons like to meet you in person. We offer a flexible approach giving you the opportunity to complete your apprenticeship in a commercial setting with Taylor & Taylor Hairdressing and Barbering School, Wigs & WarPaint Academy or City Head Spa Skills Academy instead of at college.

The day you are in college you will do some theory based work and some practical tasks. These will cover topics such as shampooing, cutting and colouring or styling and cutting men’s hair and facial hair for barbering. You will also learn about setting and dressing hair for formal ‘up dos’ and health and safety in the workplace. Knowledge of the products you use is important, so you will learn about how to sell the products to the client as well as communicating and interacting effectively. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice on paying clients in the College salon.

Hairdressing apprentices will be expected to buy a uniform for the college based practical sessions and a hairdressing kit consisting of essential equipment such as, scissors, brushes, clips, practice heads etc. The estimated cost for this will be £115.

If you need to complete Functional Skills qualifications, these will be delivered in college.

Will this course suit me?

A hairdressing or barbering apprenticeship will suit you if you have an artistic flair. You must have good stamina as you are often on your feet all day. You will need good people skills and be able to communicate well with clients and your fellow staff members.

Qualification Titles

  • Hairdressing or Barbering diploma NVQ Level 2
  • Equal Rights and responsibilities
  • Functional Skills English and maths

What students say about this course.

When I left school I decided to study as an apprentice as you get lots of hands on experience. It’s not only cutting and styling, you have to learn customer service and engaging with different clients on a daily basis. You get experience of how a business is run day to day.

The apprenticeship route was a really good way for me to get into a full-time job. The Sheffield College was a great place to study and fully supported me. I was delighted to be named as Hairdressing Apprentice of the Year at an awards ceremony at The City Hall.


Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at 3/D or acceptable alternatives plus a minimum Grade 3 in English Language and Maths.  You will also need to gain a suitable employer.



Throughout the course you will be assessed in the workplace to demonstrate the skills you are learning. The theory side of the course is assessed by online assessments in college. These are followed up by assessments on paying clients in the college salon.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

On completion of the apprenticeship you will be classed as a junior stylist working under supervision. You can progress onto a level 3 Hairdressing qualification to further develop your skills.

The majority of apprentices continue in paid employment in a salon once they complete their qualification. Previous apprentices have gained full time employment in salons such as Toni & Guy, Loaf and Capelli in Sheffield.

Further information

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 4th March 2019, 4pm-7pm

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 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CWIHB1


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      The Sheffield College City campus is a great place to be and perfectly located just a 10 minute walk from the city centre for your dinner time shop, and just 5 minutes from the train station.

      Our City campus boasts a sustainable, glass atrium that is 7 floors high and flooded with natural light. From lunch in The Refectory and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the city, the facilities include an aviation air cabin, catering kitchens, hair and beauty salons, science laboratories, dental technology laboratories, a sports hall, high tech childcare teaching facilities, construction workshops and a children’s nursery.

      Many students study catering at City so there’s always something tasty on the menu from ‘Grab n Go’, the student run restaurant The Silver Plate, or something to take away from the bakery.

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      Trams heading towards Halfway (Blue Line) stop right outside the college, whilst those coming from the opposite direction (heading towards Malin Bridge) stop just across the road.

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