Intensive Foundation


5 Days



Looking to enter the hugely rewarding and rapidly expanding barbering industry, but have to fit your studies around a hectic schedule? Our fast track barbering course focuses on the key fundamentals of modern and traditional barbering.

A solid foundation from which to build upon is key to progressing and succeeding within our industry. The course is perfect for both beginners and those just entering the industry as either a barber or hairdresser.

Our Academy Educators share over sixty years of industry experience between them. Our Academy Director, Sid Sottung, has dedicated the last seventeen years of his career to educating for some of the biggest names around the globe. This year alone he has travelled nearly seventy thousand miles teaching his art. Each member of our team possesses a different signature style ensuring you have a wide range of inspiration during your time with us.

"In my opinion this has got to be the best barbering course in the UK. For anybody thinking that the 5 day intensive course is not going to be long enough (like myself at first) think again!"

– Clarke Elson

"Wow, what can I say? I cannot put into words how amazing this academy is! I learnt so much in 5 days on the intensive course. From the minute I walked through the door I was made to feel so welcome by everyone there. The tutors are amazing and have taught me so much!"

– Bea Wood

"Very impressed with the standard, knowledge and professionalism of the academy. Matthew & Sid have really fine tuned my skills over the 5 day course.The Sid Sottung Academy has set high standards for my future career!"

– Richard Nutton

“What an amazing week at the academy. As a complete beginner I had no idea what was in store but I have loved every minute of it. The entire team are just fantastic, so patient and friendly. The hard work that goes on to make this academy so great is incredible! Thank you all so much, I am so excited to get going and roll on the wet shaving course!”

– Marion Milnes

“Wonderful course taken by some great, knowledgable people. I met new friends and enjoyed every second. It was intense and stimulating, with plenty of live models walking through the door. From beginners to refreshers, I recommend Sid – not only for his knowledge and teaching but for his personal approach and patience.”

– Ryan Hardy

Our course is delivered via an exciting mix of lectures, in-depth demonstrations and practical sessions at our brand-new two-story academy in Nottingham’s city centre. After learning the key theories in the classroom, you will develop and hone your skills on models provided by the academy. Our educators will be there to guide and support you as your confidence grows.


On successful completion of the course, all students will receive our prestigious Sid Sottung Academy Diploma of Barbering Excellence. Our barbering course is fully accredited & insurable.

Course Curriculum


  • The World of Barbering
  • The History of Barbering
  • Consultation & Client Care
  • Salon Professionalism
  • Equipment Knowledge
  • Hair & Scalp Analysis
  • Bone Structure Analysis
  • Health & Safety
  • Product Knowledge
  • Shampooing
  • Scalp Massage
  • Thinning, Balding, Receding Hair
  • Maintenance of Barbering Tools
  • Introduction to Cutting
  • Introduction to Barbering Techniques
  • Creating Dimension & Geometry
  • Styling & Finishing Cuts
  • Facial Hair Trimming Techniques

This course also teaches the following techniques:

  1. Use of clippers with or without guard
  2. Scissor over comb
  3. Clipper over comb
  4. Blending / fades / edging
  5. Use of professional trimmers
  6. Working with side partings
  7. Texturising -  Including point cutting and slicing

Frequently Asked Questions

Book This Course

March 2019

March 19th

To book your place, please call us on 0115 837 2401

Please see the Terms and Conditions as this is a non refundable course.