This course, leading to a City & Guilds qualification, helps meet the growing demand for highly skilled barbers. It gives students a broad understanding of the industry, together with essential skills and knowledge.
As well as delivering technical training, the course fosters transferable skills such as communication and customer care. To support their main programme of study, future progression and life skills, students will also develop their skills in maths and English.
You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. You will need:
You will have an interview and initial assessment in English and maths. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview but not the initial assessment. A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day. If you are successful, you will be allocated a place to study.
The qualification is assessed as learners progress through their apprenticeship programme. The final part of the qualification is the end-point assessment.
Apart from the end-point assessment, all assessment will be carried out by the training provider/centre as specified by the awarding organisations. The end-point assessment is carried out by an independent apprenticeship examiner at the end of the apprenticeship, similar to a trade test.
Apprenticeships will be graded at Pass or Distinction level depending on the learner's performance in the end-point assessment.
Maths and English will be assessed through a controlled assessment or final exam.
To be advised.
Our teaching staff will be happy to advise you on opportunities for progression to Level 3 qualifications. If you progress to further studies, you will continue to develop your skills in maths and English.
This course also paves the way for rewarding careers in a commercial salon or working as a freelance barber.
Teenage former Derby College apprentice Brad Knight says "dream big" – as his barber's business kicks-on with professional footballers among its clients.
The business-savvy nineteen-year-old said the teaching in his NVQ Level 2 in Barbering was "brilliant". Together with his shop-based apprentice training it gave him the barbering and business background he needed to start up on his own.
Brad began by cutting his mates' hair at school and applied after his GCSEs when Deakin and White in Ilkeston advertised for an experienced member of staff.
Aged 16, he explained he was not experienced, but he was willing to learn. He was taken on as an apprentice.
He qualified at Deakin and White where he said he felt he needed to "offer something different". Nottingham Forest fan Brad used social media to contact one of the players and offered to do his hair at home. He accepted, word got round on the training ground, and "some of the players started coming in."
Keen to develop, he moved on to a shop in Sandiacre for six months but decided it made sense to open his own business in Ilkeston. Knight & Co was launched on Bath Street last September.
He now cuts the hair of a number of professional footballers – at their homes or in the shop –and was even flown out to Marseille during the under 20s world Cup in France to cut players' hair.
Brad now has two members of staff on the books, including a former Derby College student, and in future he plans to take on an apprentice himself.
He said: "It's quality. I absolutely love it. In the future I'd like to open more shops and maybe go international. Dream big."
I did one day a week at Derby College doing my NVQ Level 2. It was good – my tutor was brilliant and she got us through it really well, no beating about the bush. She just got on with it. The hairstyles I didn't get in the salon, I could get at the college.
There is only so much you can do in the shop as an apprentice, and you need to get your qualifications.
"She showed us how to run a shop, and I got a lot of the business side though my apprenticeship just by being in the shop. I could see how it was running.