Job Description

A barista is someone that specialises in making coffee and other beverages. They will usually work in a coffee shop, restaurant, cafe or hotel.

Entry Requirements

You can get into this job through:


You could do a college course like Food and Beverage Service Level 2.

You will need 3 GCSEs at grade 3 (D) including English and/or maths.

The following local colleges offer courses in Food and Beverage Service:

Or your local 6th form may offer a relevant course.


You can train through a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship.

This will usually take 12 months to complete. You'll do on-the-job training and spend time at a college or training provider.

You'll usually need 3 GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship (Level 2).

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Direct application

You can apply directly for jobs. Some employers may prefer you to have experience in customer service or catering.

Career Tips

You can find out more about becoming a barista from the Hospitality Guild.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could become a manager and then move on to a regional manager role.

You could also become self-employed and set up your own coffee shop.

Required Skills

  • Good team-working abilities
  • Able to cope under pressure
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • Good communication skills
  • Able to work on your own initiative 

Salary Range

£8,000 to £20,000

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