Barbering (Level 2) | New College Courses

Barbering (Level 2)

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  • The Course


Completion of this Level 2 qualification will give you the basic skills in cutting and styling men’s hair to start your career in the barbering industry. Within this qualification you will develop a sound knowledge of salon health and safety, client care, consultation and communication skills. You will be based in Distinction Salons within the college where you will study all aspects of your course.


After completing the Level 2 Diploma you may choose to gain employment in the industry and study level 3 Barbering on a work based apprenticeship programme or progress to one of the connected routes in Beauty therapy or Women’s Hairdressing.


  • Course Requirements


You must have a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade C, including English or Maths at Grade 4 or GCSE Grade C. If you have other qualifications they may be taken into consideration when assessing course requirements. We welcome applications from adult learners with no prior subject knowledge and from those who wish to refresh their skills.


You should have a genuine interest in working as a Barber. High standards of personal presentation are expected in the industry, and you should be ready to demonstrate a professional manner and appearance. As part of the course you will practise all services with other learners so you should be prepared to take part in giving and receiving all hair treatments.


*Please note that these entry grade requirements may be different to those published in the 2017 prospectus.  Grade requirements as detailed here and on the website should always be used as the most accurate and up-to-date ones.



Study Programme


You will complete the course over one year with much of this time spent developing your practical skills in our dedicated Salon. You will also learn the essential underpinning knowledge of hair, skin and colour.


The units will include:

Client care, consultation and communication in hairdressing

Follow health and safety practise in the salon

Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp

Cut men’s hair

Cut facial hair

Styling men’s hair


In addition you will study extra qualifications to support your main course aim and have the opportunity to work in realistic settings with models, giving you a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate your skills. You are expected to undertake salon duties to support health, safety and security assessments throughout your course and will also be invited to compete in the department end of year show.


  • Assessment


The qualification is assessed mainly through a portfolio of practical and written work. Some units will require you to sit an externally set, on-line exam to show knowledge of the theory. You will work closely with your tutor, who will regularly check and discuss your progress.


All of your practical assessments are carried out in Distinction Salons where clients pay for their treatment and services. Please be aware to support your qualification aims some units may require you to bring in clients to practise specific treatments prior to assessment.


  • Time

The average time for this course is approximately 12 hours per week.  This may increase depending on which qualification is taken.


  • Expenses


Some basic equipment and materials will be provided by the college. You will be encouraged to purchase the Distinction salon uniform (cost approximately £70) and an equipment kit (costing around £200) to use during your study programme.  Applications may be made to the student support fund to help with the purchase of these items. In some circumstances loan equipment may be available. To comply with current health and safety requirements within our salons each student will be provided, free of charge, with a locker for use throughout the academic year. However, if the key is lost or not returned the student will be invoiced to replace the key (this cost is currently set at £30.00).


Whilst Distinction Salon works hard to advertise for clients you may need to bring in your own in order to carry out some assessments.


Students will have the opportunity to enrol on enrichment activities during the Distinction Industry Week in December which are delivered by external companies and your tutors. Most of these sessions are delivered free of charge although there may be an equipment cost for some activities or qualifications.  There may also be optional expenses for trips to exhibitions, events and trade shows in the UK.



  • Further Information


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