Barbering (BTEI/Skills to Compete)

QQI Level 4 Part Award

BTEI means Back to Education Initiative. BTEI gives unemployed adults the opportunity of returning to part time education, while retaining their benefits.
Skills to Compete is an initiative to support those who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19 and wish to re-enter the workforce. See here for details.

This is a one year part time course. The course aims to prepare students for employment in the barbering industry. Students will receive training and gain confidence in order to secure an apprenticeship in a Barbering Salon. Emphasis is placed on all key areas of Barbering which will enhance students’ techniques, creative and interpersonal skills. All practical training takes place in our fully equipped hair salon.

Course Content*

Barbering Techniques (QQI level 5), Customer Service, Workplace Safety, Teamworking, IT Skills.

(*Subject to change)


QQI Level 4 Part Award


1 year (Autumn – May)

Entry Requirements

To be BTEI eligible, applicants must be in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment before starting the course. Participants on CE schemes or TUS may apply also.


Successful learners may progress onto Hairdressing QQI level 5.

Career Opportunities

This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities in the Barbering Industry – Junior Barber, Theatrical and/or Film, Hairdressing work, Hairdressing retail outlets.

How to Apply

Click ‘Apply Now’ at the top of this page

Apply by selecting  ‘Department Choice 1’ →  ‘BTEI Courses’ and ‘Course Choice 1’  →  ‘Barbering’

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