Barbering Diploma level 2 – C3856

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Course Overview

This qualification aims to provide you with a range of technical practical skills and theory, which will equip you to progress on to the level 3 Barbering course. You don’t need any previous knowledge or experience to start this qualification.
You may need to supply clients for the course, to enable you to complete assessments.

On this course you will learn all of the technical skills and knowledge needed to work as a junior Barber, including colouring, cutting, beards, moustaches and styling services. Barbering services provide a range of opportunities in an exciting sector, which is growing in popularity.

If you are aged 16 to 18, you will be enrolled on a study programme. This will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven’t already achieved a grade 4 or above.
You will take part in activities that help you to develop your personal skills, such as building your character and confidence. This will help you to live well and move into your chosen career.

If you are 16-19 years old these activities will be timetabled as will work experience and placement. You can also choose to take part in other activities.
For other age groups, activities will be tailored to your needs.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

This is a one year course where you will learn all the aspects of barbering, to enable you to progress in a career in this industry, including:

1. Health and Safety aspects of barbering
2. Consultation
3. Shampoo, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp
4. Scalp massage
5. Cutting men’s hair
6. Styling men’s hair
7. Cutting beards and moustaches
8. Colouring men’s hair
9. Creating an Image based on a Theme

You may also take functional skills or GCSE qualifications in English and maths. You will also need to undertake a minimum of 36 hours of work experience in a hairdressing salon, during the course.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. A GCSE in both English and math’s at grade 3 (D) or above is required. A good reference is also required from school or an employer.
You will also have an interview and a skills test to ensure you meet the criteria for the course.

How you will be assessed

To gain this qualification you must successfully achieve the following assessments:

Online theory exams and practical assessments for each unit, which you will carry out in the college salon. The typical exam brief will require candidates to provide a variety of hairdressing services to a number of clients within a commercially viable time. This will require students to use consultation techniques to identify client requirements and build a professional rapport.
Candidates who fail any theory or practical assessments will have the opportunity to resit them.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Tuition Fees (19+): £1250.00

Additional Costs

Female Uniform: TBC
Male uniform: TBC
Kit costs: TBC
All costs subject to change

Material Fees



If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

This level 2 certificate for barbering services aims to provide you with a range of essential technical practical skills and knowledge, which will equip you to seek progression onto employment as a Junior Barber. Following successful completion of this qualification, you will be qualified to work in a number of employment destinations or progress in education such as, level 3 barbering, barbershop stylist and level 2 hairdressing.

What Happens Next

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a welcome event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you.

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