Barbering - Introduction to: NQ (Level 4)

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Qualification Qualifications Explained
Study Mode
Full Time

1 Academic Year

Start date
Aug 2024
Applications open January 2024

Course overview

MADE: The Academy for Modern Barbering @ Kelvin - Our unique course offers the chance to train with industry professionals to develop the skills and knowledge required to launch a successful career within the world of barbering.

MADE: The Academy for Modern Barbering @ Kelvin brings a recognised training brand delivered by experienced current industry barbers and Glasgow Kelvin College lecturers and assessors. We provide dedicated barber training, resulting in certification along with current practice skills to enhance employment prospects.

MADE branded training comes with proven results of successful careers over the past four years of operating and this first-class training will continue within our new training salon at our Springburn campus.

Our yearlong course course requires no prior barbering experience. However, it does require candidates to commit fully and to have a real interest in the barbering industry along with self-motivation and a willingness to dedicate essential personal time to home study and practice.

You will learn the fundamentals of barbering from customer care through to technical cutting and styling techniques while learning how to build a client base and your barber profile through social media platforms. Training includes underpinning theory knowledge and practical sessions within our training salon where you will build confidence working on practice heads to client-based activity. Our training salon in our Springburn campus will provide a wide range of live cutting models but you will also need to create your own model resource.

You will be provided with an essentials barbering kit that suits this level of learning.

What you will learn

  • Working in the industry
  • Health and Safety knowledge
  • Tools, products and equipment - a barber kit will be provided for candidates and yours to keep
  • Consultation process
  • Shampooing, conditioning and massage techniques
  • Cutting men’s hair
  • Cutting and shaping men’s facial hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Social media profile building
  • Employability skills including building a client base

Entry requirements

You don't need to have any prior knowledge but you do need to display a real interest and enthusiasm for the barbering industry.

You must bring self-motivation and a requirement to dedicate personal time to succeed.

You must be 16 years or over at the start of the course.

If English is not your first language, you should have a minimum ESOL level 4 or equivalent.

Career Opportunities

The Barbering industry is rapidly expanding, both in the number of outlets and in the services being offered by barbers. Your career opportunities in the industry can be varied and you may choose to work as an employed barber or as a freelance barber, working for yourself.

Future prospects

Successful candidates will complete the course with an SQA qualification and be invited to apply for our City & Guilds level 2 fast track course.

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