Pembrokeshire College, Merlins Bridge, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1SZ


Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy

Hairdressing Course

Hairdressing, Barbering & Beauty Therapy

If you are creative, friendly, have a good eye for style and are looking for a rewarding career, this could be the course for you! Creative industries offer lots of opportunities for individuals who are interested in making other people look and feel good. 

You are required to attend College for one day per week (usually on a Monday), therefore commitment, good attendance and strong organisational skills are required. Emphasis is on graded practical assessments, assignment deadlines and external tests. Mondays may also include an evening commercial session once skills are developed and additional opportunities within the week may become available within the College salons to maximise commercial practice under the guidance of the teaching team.

Apprenticeships are available in;

  • Level 2 Hairdressing
  • Level 3 Hairdressing
  • Level 2 Barbering
  • Level 2 Beauty
  • Level 3 Beauty
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If not taken as an apprenticeship – cost:


Is this course right for me?

These qualifications prepare you for industry and is suitable for those hoping to work alongside training with only the commitment of attending College for one day per week. The course is a combination of practical and theoretical assessments, based in the College’s modern salon facilities. 

People of any age can undertake an apprenticeship in Hairdressing, Barbering or Beauty Therapy. We offer Apprenticeships at Level 2 & 3 and access is subject to interview. Apprenticeships comprise of: 

  • An NVQ qualification combining knowledge (theory delivered and assessed in College) and competence (observations assessed in College and in the workplace).  
  • Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Literacy Qualifications unless you are exempt 

To apply for an apprenticeship, you must have an employer willing to employ you for the duration of your apprenticeship.  

Your employer will need to: 

  • Provide us with evidence of suitable insurance and evidence of your employment status 
  • Be happy to discuss Health and Safety procedures with your assessor 
  • Pay you the appropriate national minimum wage, including your College day 
  • Release you to attend College  
  • Contribute to monthly planned assessor visits/appointments to observe you and discuss your progress 
Find out more about starting an apprenticeship on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Are you an Employer looking to take on an Apprentice?

Find out more about apprenticeships and the advantages for you as an Employer on our Employer Training page.
  • No formal entry requirements
  • Good personal presentation and communication skills are required
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to an informal interview

These qualifications provide the necessary skills for those working in the Hairdressing, Barbering or Beauty sector, common units include Employee rights and responsibilities, Health & Safety, advising and consulting with clients.  


Level 2 units include cutting, drying & finishing men’s hair, create basic outlines and details, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp.  

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering (6008-04) 


Level 2 units include styling and finishing hair, set and dress hair, cutting hair, colour and lighten hair, shampoo, condition and treat the hair & scalp.  

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (6008-02) 

Level 3 units include creatively styling and dressing hair, creatively cutting hair, creatively colouring and lightening hair.  

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing (6008-03) 

 Beauty Therapy 

Level 2 units include facial skin care, waxing, manicure, pedicure and eye care treatments  

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy 

Level 3 units include Electrical treatments – face & body, Body massage 

Qualification: City & Guilds Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Beauty Therapy  

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Visits from your assessor to your place of work
  • Online examination

Following successful completion of this course learners could look to progress to a higher level course at the College, seek an appropriate Apprenticeship or go directly into employment.

  • Stationery - you will be told about any specific items before you start the course
  • A uniform, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Specific beauty therapy kit, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • Specific hairdressing kit, which you can purchase online before you start the course
  • A memory stick/a small portable USB hard drive
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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