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Barbering (Level 2)

This full time City and Guilds qualification is designed for those who are looking at developing a career in barbering. This course covers both theory and practical aspects of barbering.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-3 ideally including English and maths 
  • Barbering at Level 1 

Duration: 2 Years

  • 3 GCSEs at grades 9-1 ideally including English and maths and keen interest in barbering. 

Other relevant levels of qualifications will be considered. 

Course content

The study programme consists of practical, theory, tutorials, English and Maths.

  • Subject units:
    • Cut men’s hair
    • Cut facial hair
    • Colour and lighten hair
    • Client consultation Services
    • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
    • Working in the hair industry
    • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
    • Promote products and services to clients in a salon
    • Styling men’s hair
    • Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector
    • Display stock to promote sales in the salon
    • Salon reception duties
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    You will need to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    The programme will also involve demonstrations of current barbering trends.

Assessment methods

Following your intensive practical training you will complete formative and summative assessments. The theory training will involve assignments on online exams. You will also be required to study at home during the course.


Barbering Intermediate City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required

Further study and career options

At the end of this study programme you will be a qualified Level 2 barber, ready to pursue a career in barbering.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a barbering kit and uniform, costing approximately £285 and two block heads at £80. 

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

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.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year or 2 years 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculator Free for most people.
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Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ121

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