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Barbering Apprenticeship Level 2 at Bolton College

Course description

Our Apprenticeship programmes will give you vital hands-on experience, learning from real life situations, with the guidance of industry professionals. You’ll gain the skills and confidence needed to excel in your chosen career.

If you’re a friendly, artistic and social person who enjoys meeting people and being part of a dynamic team, then why not develop your technique and signature style by working with some industry experts?

Our Hairdressing & Barbering department has received ‘Approved Training Centre’ status from the British Barbers’ Association – the UK’s leading association for barbering.

The course is a great way to build on your skills and gain a recognised qualification whilst also earning a salary.

Course content

This engaging course consists of a broad range of practical and theoretical aspects of barbering, including:

  • Shampooing & Conditioning
  • Cutting Gents’ Hair
  • Cutting Facial Hair into Shape
  • Blow-styling Gents’ Hair
  • Advising & Consulting
  • Giving a Positive Impression

You will also gain:

  • Functional Skills Level 1 or Level 2 in Maths & English, unless you have achieved grades 8-4 (A-C) at GCSE or equivalent
  • Employee Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)
  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Entry requirements

To complete an Apprenticeship you will need an employer who is willing to support you through your training. If you have not found one, we can help you with your search.

We’d like to see a proven track record of very good attendance at work/school, along with a good reference from a school/previous employer. We also ask that you have a satisfactory level of English and maths.


You’ll be assessed throughout your learning programme by a mixture of formal tests, workplace observations, portfolio building and self-assessment.

Financial information

If you are aged 16 to 18, 100% of your Apprenticeship training costs will be funded by the Government. For further information please visit

Alternatively you can contact Bolton College by calling 01204 482 181/195 or by emailing

Future opportunities

On successful completion of this Apprenticeship, you could progress onto full-time employment, professional job-specific qualifications, Higher Apprenticeships or a degree programme.

Following further study you could work as:

  • A Barber can earn £25,000 per year, depending on experience

Further information


The College will support you throughout your time here. In College, you will receive personal support from your tutor; out of College, you will have your own personal Work Based Tutor, who will visit you in the workplace.

During their last visit Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career.”

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • Wella-approved hair salons & a barbershop
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General Further Education College in Greater Manchester for 16-18 achievement rates for higher level qualifications.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; on our last inspection we were graded 2 for Good. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Wednesday 17th October 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Thursday 22nd November 2018, 4.30pm – 7pm

Tuesday 5th February 2019, 4.30pm – 7pm

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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: 30 September 2018
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