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Level 2 Certificate in Barbering (Part Time Day)

This course is perfect for all aspiring barbers. It will provide you with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and practical experience needed to master the basics.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: PT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 36
Hours: 6.00
Start: 09/09/2024
Tuition: £941.00
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

This VTCT Level 2 qualification will provide you with the basic techniques needed to be successful as a barber.  It builds your confidence in the standard techniques before you progress to the Level 2 Diploma or Level 3 Diploma to master more advanced skills.

This course would be useful for anyone currently working in the sector without the formal qualification or hairdressers looking to broaden their skill set. 

Your timetable may include one late evening per week and you are expected to build up a client base in order to undertake your assessments.

You need to be highly motivated and demonstrate a keen interest in the subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Courses may be funded: this will depend on your employment status and prior qualification achievements.

Sector-related industry experience is desirable.

There are a range of mandatory units to complete, including:

  • Cut men’s hair
  • Cut facial hair
  • Client consultations
  • Health and safety in the salon

Please note: one late-night session may be on your timetable.

You are required to complete a portfolio of evidence.  Assessment is through a range of methods, including practical observations, online testing and assignment work. 

This course will be delivered on-site at the Roundhouse. It is highly practical and so a basic level of fitness is required as you may spend long periods on your feet between breaks.

Theory lessons will require you to take notes in order to revise terminology and learn processes.

You will be working with clients. Often they are people with whom you will not be familiar or you may be asked to find your own clients on whom to develop your techniques. You will also act as a client as part of a reciprocal agreement with your peers. You need to have a friendly and outgoing personality, you need to act professionally, and you need to be reliable, punctual and productive.

There is a kit to purchase: full details will be given at your interview.

The kit will contain the essentials required to carry out a range of techniques. Financial assistance will be available for eligible candidates.

Furthermore a uniform must be worn every day. This consists of black trousers or leggings and a black polo shirt. Closed-toe black shoes or trainers can be worn but these must be plain black (including the laces and logos).

You will be formatively assessed by a range of methods including practical observation, exams and assignments.

As the course is highly practical, you should expect to have a number of summative observations to ensure your competency in each technique and exams to assess your theoretical knowledge.

On successful completion of this programme, you will be able to progress to a more advanced Barbering course or alternatively move into women’s hairdressing.


This course is an excellent platform for a career as a barber.

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Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Hairdressers and Barbers


Hairdressers and Barbers

Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors


Hairdressing and Beauty Salon Managers and Proprietors

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 13, 2024 2:33 pm