Study for an apprenticeship in hairdressing and barbering and find a job that allows you to be part of one of Scotland’s most creative industries.   

The apprenticeship is designed for innovative people who enjoy a fast-paced environment. Learn about different hair cutting techniques such as layering and face-framing. Gain practical experience with barber equipment like scissors and electric razors. Improve your customer service skills and contribute to an industry that is filled with opportunity.   

There are a variety of jobs in Scotland’s hairdressing and barbering sector. Work as a junior hairdresser and style hair in a salon. Give people a comfortable shave by working as a barber. Apply your creative knowledge by working as a hairdresser that specialises in afro hairstyles.  

What's the qualification?

You will gain a qualification at SCQF level 5 or 6 in hairdressing and barberingThe qualification includes:  

  • core units of aSVQ in hairdressing and barbering at SCQF level 5 or level 6
  • a range of work experience in a versatile industry

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

During your apprenticeship, you'll learn how to:   

  • Cut hair using basic barbering techniques 
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair 
  • Dry and finish men’s hair 
  • Advise and consult with clients 
  • Cut facial hair to shape using basic barbering techniques 
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work  
  • Plait and twist hair 
  • Temporarily attach hair to enhance a style 
  • Fulfil salon reception duties   

You will develop the following core skills:   

  • Team work   
  • Problem-solving  
  • Communication  
  • Numeracy  
  • Time management    

These transferrable skills are useful for working in other jobs such as business administration and salon management.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you a range of optionsCarry on your education with a related creative degree or go into full-time work.  

Further education: Enhance your skills with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design or another creative qualificationYour experience will support your university application.    

Straight to work: Use your qualifications and find a hairdressing or barbering jobAfter completing the apprenticeship, you could move onto jobs like:   

  • Junior hairdresser 
  • Junior barber  
  • TV hair stylist  
  • Salon receptionist   
  • African Caribbean hair stylist   
  • Barber   

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for the apprenticeship. However, it is useful to have an interest in hairdressing and barbering.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take 12-24 months to complete.  

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