Level 1



1 year


Barking Campus - Technical Skills Academy


Sep 2023





A great introduction to the world of barbering.

Learn practical skills and develop them working with paying customers in our on-site facilities and beyond!

Gain experience of basic cutting techniques and a broad knowledge of the barbering industry. You will learn:

  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Scalp massage
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Men’s skincare

There's a mixture of practical assessments, online exams and assignments.

Learn in our Salon and Hair Bar facilities, cut paying customers' hair and start work placements - there's no typical week on this course!

You will need GCSEs grade 1/2 in English and maths.

You'll need to be keen to learn - there'll be an interview to get onto the course.

The tutors on this course have outstanding knowledge and experience from working in the hair & beauty industry, as well as valuable industry links to help you gain an insight into the industry.

There are many opportunities for you to work in realistic industry environments, thanks to our commercial salons.

As well as doing work experience placements, you'll be styling for paying clients in our Salon and Hair Bar.

Successfully complete this course and you can choose from our Level 2 programmes to develop your skills further.

Where it can lead to
You could progress to the following courses
Career progression

There are number of routes you can take following successful completion of a course. Further study can include Higher Education courses or a Higher Apprenticeship where you will expand your skills through study whilst earning a wage. Or you may choose to move directly into employment.

Contact our careers team for further guidance.