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Barbering City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma

  • FULL L2
  • UE

This course is designed for those who choose to begin or develop a career in barbering. This course covers practical and theoretical units within the barbering Diploma. Students will be working on male models and male blocks. The design of the course is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a variety of practical skills and theoretical skills whilst gaining under pinning knowledge of the hair and barbering industry.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Two GCSEs at grade D or above including English and/or work experience.
  • NVQ Level 1 and/or Salon services.

Over 21’s requires a successful 1:1 interview and will be considered on experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

The theory sessions provide barbering knowledge for all twelve units and opportunities for research and exams. Training will take place on male blocks and live male models in technical lessons. Students will build confidence and begin working towards assessments. Students are assessed continually in their newly acquired practical skills during the salon sessions. The course consists equally of theory and practical sessions. Theory and practical assessments must be obtained to gain the Diploma Level 2 in Barbering qualification. 

You will study:

  • Health & Safety
  • Client Consultation
  • Working In the Hair Industry
  • Promoting Products & Services
  • Cutting Men’s Hair
  • Styling Men’s Hair
  • Cutting Facial Hair
  • Colour and Lighten Hair
  • Shampooing and Condition the Hair
  • Create an Image based on a Theme
  • Display Stock to Promote
  • Salon Reception Duties. 

Barbering students have the opportunity to create an image based on a theme and show off their skills to peers, teachers, family and local employers whilst participating in the annual Hair and Beauty show.

Assessment methods

All units require one online exam for each unit (12) and practical assessments for each of the units in order to achieve the full Diploma L2 qualification.

Further study and career options

- Diploma Level 2 Ladies Hairdressing - Diploma Level 3 Hairdressing

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a barbering kit costing approximately £330 and a text book costing approximately £25.00. A smart black uniform (shirt/trousers/skirt and closed in smart black shoes), pens, A4 writing paper, two ring binder folders and 24 dividers are also required.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

Start DateCourse Code
24/05/2013 J438 Course in progress


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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