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Hairdressing and Barbering

Key Info


Hairdressing and Barbering is a creative industry to work in, influenced by ever-changing fashion trends and styles. Those working in this sector have great people skills, often with a passion for style and looking good. 

County Training currently offer hairdressing and barbering pathways. Candidates undertaking qualification in any of these areas will learn all aspects of how a salon operates on a day to day basis. Candidates will gain experience of booking appointments for customers, welcoming them to the salon whilst developing skills in their chosen specialism. 

Who are these qualifications for?

The Level 2 qualification is for those who are new to a role, with no or very little experience. Level 3 is aimed at those who are more experienced and looking to increase their skills and depth of knowledge in hairdressing or barbering. Candidates working at level 3 will also be expected to have their own client group.

What are the entry requirements?

In order to start a hairdressing or barbering qualification, candidates must have a work placement. The candidate must be paid the Apprenticeship Wage as a minimum, but many employers pay a bit more. The position should ideally be for at least 30 hours per week.  If you are already employed, working requirements can be negotiated depending on existing experience. 

Personal qualities required to work in this sector

If you’re already working in the hair industry, it is likely you will naturally possess many of the personal qualities that are suited to this sector. Essentially individuals looking to work in these areas should have a strong interest in fashion with a high level of personal presentation, a great sense of style and creativity. Hairdressing and barbering is all about making people feel good, so excellent interpersonal skills are a must. For hairdressing and barbering, a reasonable level of fitness is also required as most of the working day would be spent standing or moving around.

Qualification information & content


How long will it take to complete?

The Level 2 qualification will take between 24 months to complete. At Level 3, candidates can expect to complete in 18 months. Completion times may vary and are dependent on a range of factors including candidate ability, previous experience and working hours.

How will the qualifications be achieved?

Qualifications are largely work-based. Candidates will have an assessor who will visit them at work on a regular basis to document progress through observations, discussions and witness testimonies from managers. Depending on your current circumstances some individuals will just work towards the vocational qualification, whilst others may work towards an Apprenticeship.


Apprenticeships offer candidates a full package of qualifications known as a framework. In addition to the diploma, all candidates are required to work towards maths, English and IT qualifications, whilst learning about employment rights and responsibilities, and building on personal learning and thinking skills.

Apprenticeship Standards

Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship
Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Hairdressing or Barbering
  • Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths

Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
Candidates will work towards achieving the following:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing 
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths

Progression Opportunities


After completing a Level 2 qualification in a hairdressing/barbering role, there will be lot of opportunities for progression in your career. 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 once you have completed level 3, you could do a foundation degree in hairdressing or salon management, and even move on to complete a BA (Hons) in these subject areas. Completing the Level 2 and 3 qualifications could also create opportunities for self-employment and business start-up.

County Training have training salons in Shrewsbury, Telford and Ludlow.

Contact: 0345 6789023