Level 2 Diploma (NVQ) in Barbering – Intermediate Apprenticeship

We specialise in Government Funded Apprenticeships in hairdressing and barbering qualifications. Meet your professional and career aspirations in the hairdressing industry through NHTA.

Length of Programme: 18-24 Months.

This apprenticeship framework is ideal for new barbers. It provides you with the opportunity to learn and implement the core basic skills needed in today?s barbering industry. The Apprenticeship consists of the Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering along with Functional Skills Level 1 in Maths and English (if required) and Employments Rights and Responsibilities.

Benefits for individuals

  • Get on the career ladder in the hair industry
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification.
  • Earn a wage whilst learning

Benefits for employers

  • Barbering apprentices who can support and aid your business model
  • Employees trained to your standards

The units in this qualification focus on the essential skills you as a learner need to develop as a barber. The course will train you in shampooing and conditioning hair, basic cutting, consultation, and the essentials in cutting facial as well as a range of challenging optional units to develop your skills further.


This qualification will provide progression opportunities to other qualifications such as:

  • Barbering Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Hairdressing Level 2 Apprenticeship

Additional Fees

Barbering kit is required for this apprenticeship.

Qualification Overview

The apprentice will be able to demonstrate all barbering services whilst applying professional values, behaviours and communication skills.  Safe working practices associated with their role must be adhered to without supervision to a high level of precision with exceptional client care skills.


The apprentice will understand:

  • Industry codes of practice
  • self-management
  • Personal presentation
  • Verbal communication
  • Client care
  • health and safety
  • legislation and practice
  • Legal and organisational requirements


The apprentice will be able to:

  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Cutting hair using barbering, techniques
  • Style and finish men’s hair,
  • Cut facial hair into shape
  • Shaving services


  • Demonstrate professionalism and a passion for the industry
  • a positive attitude and team working
  • willingness to learn
  • meet organisational and industry standards of appearance
  • professional ethics
  • health and safety
  • legislation and practice
  • Legal and organisational requirements
  • Customer service

Course requirements

As well as our standard course requirements needed to complete all our apprenticeships and training programmes (please see our General Course Information), candidates need to complete the following:

Portfolio of Evidence

The following are acceptable forms of portfolio evidence and the most appropriate forms will be selected for each unit:

  • Observation
  • Products evidence
  • Witness testimony
  • Reflective accounts
  • Professional discussion
  • Projects & Assignments
  • Case studies

EPA – End Point Assessment

This is the final stage of the apprenticeship.

End Point Assessment –EPA of mandatory skills, knowledge and behaviours specified in the standard, this will be via practical assessment and oral questioning. The practical assessment and oral questioning will include professionalism, values, behaviours, communication, safe working practices and consultation skills.

This consists of a 3-hour practical observation based around the skills knowledge and behaviours the apprentice has perfected during the time on program. Based around 2 models demonstrating skills of cutting using barbering techniques, style and finish, consultation, ways of working and customer service and provide shaving service.

Explore your potential and apply for this course today.

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