Barbering diploma

This diploma course has been designed for those who have a basic skillset in barbering but would like to develop their knowledge of barbering further.

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Course overview

At a glance




6-8 months



About the course

Please note this course is available in Liverpool City Region and West Yorkshire due to funding. We also offer an equivalent apprenticeship with is available throughout England.

This course is designed for those who already have basic barbering skills and aims to enhance and develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours you already have.

Full hairdressing training is not given as this is a diploma only course.

Is this course right for you?

This course is right for you if you are already working in a salon or barbers and want to gain a  recognised hair qualification in order to advance your career.

You should be excited to learn more about the barbering world and be willing to set aside time to work on your qualifications.

Emma Peel from Nottinghamshire was awarded a Level 2 Barbering Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are a great way of learning and soon you will be putting yourself out there more than you ever have before!

Emma Peel, Richo’s hair and beauty salon

When you are a Realise barbering apprentice, the learning is in your hands. You can use everything you learn at work, it’s very hands on!

When you are a Realise apprentice the learning is in your hands.. You can use everything you learn at work, it’s very hands-on!

Sean, The Mardy Barbers

Joth Davies -

We have found Realise to be the most professional company that we have ever dealt with.

Joth Davies, Owner of Savills Barbers

What you’ll learn

As a hair professional there are skills you will need to have to be able successfully work within this sector.

You’ll complete a series of learning activities covering:

  • Safe working practices including the use of equipment, materials and products
  • Client consultation
  • Shampoo and conditioning
  • Hair cutting and colouring techniques
  • Style and finish

How you’ll learn

You’ll receive a comprehensive, salon-focussed training programme delivered by a passionate team of industry experienced and expert trainers. We deliver a blended learning programme in-salon and scheduled around the business needs which includes:

You will learn through:

  • Remote webinars
  • Independent study
  • Face to face salon visits
  • Shadowing other hairdressers at work

Need more information?

No problem. It doesn’t matter if your query is big or small, our teams are here to help. Just complete a quick enquiry form and we’ll be in contact soon to assist you with your query.

Our experts

The people that make it happen


Internal quality assessor


Internal quality assessor

I have been in the hair and barbering industry for over 21 years. I have always had a real passion for teaching with quality at the heart of what I do. It’s the best feeling seeing the end result for a learner, after working with them throughout their journey.
I am currently the lead trainer for our new advanced and creative hairdressing level 3, it’s an amazing qualification and I’m proud to be delivering it and to have played a part in developing it!


Performance manager


Performance manager

I have worked at Realise for 6 years as a trainer within the hair and barbering sector. I have recenly also taken on the roles of social values champion and safeguarding and wellbeing deputy. I love what I do and have a great passion for hairdressing and also supporting other people. My passion is being able to deliver apprenticeships to learners and seeing them develop from having no knowledge or skills to then thriving in the industry as confident and fully qualified hairdressers and barbers.

Frequently asked questions

What is a diploma in barbering?
A diploma is barbering is a six to eight month course which enhances your barbering knowledge which are essential for anyone in today’s barbering industry.
How long does it take to get a diploma in hairdressing?
The diploma in barbering takes approximately six to eight months to complete from start to finish.
Can you be a hairdresser without qualifications?
You can become a barber without having prior qualifications. Our courses teach the skills needed to work in this fast-paced industry.
What to know before becoming a hairdresser?
Before becoming a barber, it’s important to understand that the role can be fast-paced, full on and you will spend your days on your feet. You’ll also need to be a great communicator and happy to learn the technique elements of the job such as colour theory and cutting angles. This isn’t for everyone, but for a barber, it’s the best job there is out there.
Can you become a hairdresser at 40?
Yes! As long as you are over the age of 16 and not in full-time education, you can undertake an apprenticeship to become a hairdresser. Many of our learners find apprenticeships are a great way to make a career move – at any age!

Ready to take the next step?

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