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Level 2 Diploma in Barbering Studies

This course is perfect for all aspiring barbers. It will provide you with the opportunity to progress to a two year T Level or a Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Technical programme.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: Hair
School Leaver - Vocational/Technical
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 2
Number Of Years: 1
Interview Required?: Y
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Course Information for Students

This VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering Studies will provide you with the techniques and skills needed to be successful as a barber.  It builds your confidence in the standard techniques before you progress to the Level 3 course or T Level to master the more advanced skills the following year.

This course is available for students who may require a GCSE resit in either English or Maths.

As part of your studies, you will be required to complete work experience to develop skills and behaviours that support your progression.

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 your chosen subject. Offers of a place on the course are dependent on your qualifications and practical aptitude. Entry requirements are:

  • The majority of GCSEs at grade 3 or higher
  • This can include either English or Maths at grade 3

You will have an interview and will be invited to attend a taster session. Parents and carers are welcome to attend the interview and taster. If you are successful, you will be allocated a conditional place to study.

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

  • Cut hair using barbering techniques
  • Cut facial hair
  • Client consultations
  • Health and safety in the salon
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • Promote products and services

Optional units may include:

  • Style hair using barbering techniques
  • Display stock to promote sales
  • The art of colouring hair
  • Perm and neutralise hair

Where applicable you will also develop your skills in maths or English which will be assessed through the November* or summer exam series.

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

*Determined by marks achieved in the previous summer exam

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. At times this may mean working at events or on other College sites.

You need to have a friendly and outgoing personality, you need to act professionally, and you should be reliable, punctual and productive.

There is a uniform and 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.

The uniform must be worn every day and 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.

When you have completed this course you will be able to progress to a more advanced Barbering course or the T Level. Alternatively you could move into women’s hairdressing.


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

For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

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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 2:34 pm