Level 2 Diploma Barbering (part-time)

Start date(s):
9 Sep 2019
1 year
Level 2
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Study Mode:
Part Time
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Awarded by:
City & Guilds
Framwellgate Moor Campus
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This course will ensure you are prepared for working in a customer based, fast paced environment. You will develop your barbering skills in our on-site salon, and get hands-on experience of working with real clients.

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This course aims to provide you with the appropriate forms of theoretical and practical study to develop the skills required to work in the barbering industry, this will include practising your skills in our on-site salon, and organising an external experience.


You will study the following units:
  • Advise and consult with clients - you will carry out full consultations with clients independently.
  • Shampoo and condition hair - you will carry out a pre-service shampoo and conditioning treatment on clients.
  • Develop and maintain your effectiveness at work – you will develop your own personal needs and work as part of a team in the salon.
  • Cut men’s hair using basic hairdressing techniques - you will learn, practise and carry out a variety of popular haircutting techniques to style men’s hair.
  • Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques – you will follow and create guidelines on the face.
  • Dry and finish hair – you will complete each look with a blow-dry or style that will complement the look.
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair - you will finish the look to meet the client's needs.
  • Smooth and strengthening - you will carry out the smoothing system to finish the look.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
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Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

You will be assigned a personal tutor for the duration of your course. You will carry out practical assessments with your tutor once you feel you are ready to be assessed. The assessments will be carried out on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Each unit will involve one exam covering all the underpinning knowledge relevant to that unit/topic. A commercial salon is ran from October half term for the learners to have the opportunity to complete the practical assessments. You may be required to provide some clients and models throughout the year to work on, so that you can maximise your learning and explore the skills you have been learning.

Maths and English

Additional Maths and English is not required for this qualification, however, it is embedded into the learning experience.

Industry links:

You will get involved in the following:
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Role-play interviews
  • CV development sessions
  • Work placements
  • Guest speaker sessions
  • Regional and national competitions
  • Employer activities.


It is advised that you undertake a relevant work placement in a barbershop. This is not a mandatory requirement, due to the nature of the course, but would help with the development of your skills and connections within the industry.

You could progress to Level 3 Barbering (part-time) at New College Durham, or employment in the industry.

What else?

You will be able to practice your skills and raise your profile with competitions. Visit AHT for more information.

Click here for hairdressing resources, such as video tutorials.

To browse professional hairdressing products, visit Wella.

Other useful links:
Great British Barbering Academy
Fellowship Hair
Concept Hair Magazine - Barbering
Manic Panic
The Hairdressing Charity
Careers Rush
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Fees and funding

Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.

Additional Costs

You will be required to purchase a uniform and kit for your course. Information on prices for these items are detailed on the forms below.

You can purchase your barbering uniform using the following links for:

You can purchase your barbering kit using this form.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview. Please bring your GCSE grades.

You will have the opportunity to purchase uniforms and kits at the Prospective Parents' Evening.

Entry Criteria

There are no formal qualifications but you must possess appropriate communication skills, and the desire to work in the barbering industry.

You will complete various theory and practical skills tests to establish your suitability to the course.