Barbering Programmes

Barbering is a big business and the industry is getting bigger. Men continue to become more style conscious and have increased spending, visiting barbers more regularly. Work with Reflections Training Academy to become part of this thriving industry.

We deliver Barbering NVQ apprenticeship qualifications at our Birmingham and Bristol Academies. Our Barbering tutors will work with you throughout your qualification and help you gain the skills and confidence needed to become a pro-Barber. You will be provided with models to practise all the aspects of Barbering with a very hands-on approach in our practical sessions and have access to our excellent training resources for theory sessions.

Barbering Standard

Course length: 15 Months


Level – 2


You can gain employment at your Barbershop and work as a junior barber.


You will need an interview for this course – Interviews take place at the Training Academy Monday – Friday all year round. You will meet with our Recruitment team for around 1 ½ hours, we will cover all aspects of the course and if you already have a shop to work in then you can continue working there.

About the course: 

This is an opportunity to gain advanced skills that will lead you to a career in the exciting world of Barbering. Being an Apprentice enables you to work hands-on every day doing what you love. You will develop the skills to create different looks including clipper work, hair styling as well as English and Maths, client communication and much more.

Barbers will be able to shampoo and condition hair, cut hair using barbering techniques, style and finish hair, cut facial hair into shape and provide shaving services for men. Hairdressers and barbers must be able to work with all hair types ranging from straight hair to very curly, wiry hair. They also need to be able to carry out consultations with clients, demonstrate the professionalism, values, behaviours, communication skills and safe working practices associated with their role and be able to work without supervision to a high level of precision, with exceptional client care skills.

Additional cost

You will be required to purchase a standard kit. The cost is around £75. Also, £10 for the folder and Reflections Barbering T-shirt

Pre-Apprenticeship Level 2 Certificate / Study Programme

The Study Programme can help you:

  • Prepare for an apprenticeship and work experience (salon placement)

  • Improve your English or Maths

  • Gain a vocational qualification

While you are on programme you may be eligible for: 

  • Support with a weekly bursary

  • Support with travel costs

  • Support with childcare costs

How long will it take to complete the programme?

  • It is estimated that you could complete this programme within 26 weeks (individual training plan)

So what can you expect if you are on a Study programme at Reflections?

  • An in depth introduction to Work experience

  • A vocational qualification

  • Functional Skills Maths or English

  • Personal & Social Development

  • Work Preparation – Employability skills

  • One to ones with your Tutor

  • Barbering Skills

  • Personal Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)

Additional Support available

  • Support for other learning difficulties /disabilities

  • Confidence management

The Programme includes:

  • A personal makeover in preparing you for your salon/work experience

  • Confidence-building activities such as: attending shows, organisation, planning and competition work

  • Attend wedding workshops, barbering workshops & African hair workshops

  • This programme will offer a good introduction  to Hairdressing and gaining the basic skills and knowledge, inclusive of fun activities

  • Employability Skills: Maths and /or English, Functional Skills

  • The duration of the programme is an estimated 26 weeks on Study Programme & 6 months on a traineeship

    Progress to our Apprenticeship programme

VRQ Level 2 in Barbering

Here are the units that you will be required to complete in order to achieve your VRQ level 2. Some of the units are compulsory and others are optional and will be discussed at Induction.

Mandatory Units – all to be achieved

  • Working in the hair industry (4 credits)

  • Follow health and safety in the salon (3 credits)

  • Client consultation for hair services (3 credits)

  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp (3 credits

Optional Units

  • Cut men’s hair (6 credits)

  • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector (7 credits)

  • Promote products to clients in salon (3 credits)

  • Salon reception duties (3 credits)

  • Styling men’s hair (3 credits)

This an excellent Introduction to the barbering industry offering you work experience to provide you with the opportunity to work with others and build your self-confidence and creativity.

All this and more within 26 weeks! Kickstart your Barbering career today with our Study Programme Pre-Apprenticeship.

Our Bristol Barbering Suite