Barbering Apprenticeship Level 3 Advanced

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB411NF
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds

Do you want to work in an exciting and stimulating industry? Do you have artistic skill and flair? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a barbering apprenticeship is the pathway for you. Your personality should be vibrant, strong and interesting. Barbering is an amazing industry that will be here forever and the apprenticeship will give you skills that will never go away.

If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

What will I study?

What will I study?

  • Provide client consultation services
  • Provide shaving services
  • Design and create a range of facial hair shapes
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
  • Design and create patterns in hair
  • Colour and lighten men’s hair
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities


Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Practical demonstration
  • Practical examination
  • Written examination
What can I do next?

Once you have completed the Level 3 Apprenticeship, you will be equipped with the necessary skills and qualifications to be able to work within the Barbering industry. 

Your Study Programme

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Career Options


If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create the look they want.

You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. You could also work as a trainee, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release.

To become a hairdresser, you will need to have customer service and 'people' skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of fashion. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Fully-trained hairdressers can earn between £14,000 and £20,000 a year.

Top professional hairdressers can earn £30,000 a year or more, depending on who they work for and the salon location.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.


Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.