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Barbering Level 2

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB103
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This Level 2 Barbering programme will prepare you with the skills and knowledge for your next step into working in the Barbering industry by gaining professional skills in modern barbering techniques.  You will learn and enhance your skill of cutting mens hair and facial hair plus gain an understanding of working with a professional salon environment.  Many of our students progress to Level 3 Barbering and go on to opening their own barbering business.

What will I study?

The course will cover mandatory generic and technical units plus optional units which you will be guided on. Mandatory units include:

Client consultation 
Cutting men’s hair & facial hair 
Styling men’s hair 
Hair colouring techniques
Scalp massage

Entry Requirements

For school leavers you will need 2 x GCSE's at grade C/4 or above.  You will also need a suitable reference from your tutor, evidence of good attendance and punctuality and a commitment to succeed.

For 19+ learners you will need to display commitment to learn and achieve.

How will I be assessed?

Through a range of practical assessments and theory assessments which can consist of online or paper based testing and assignments.

What can I do next?

You will be able to progress onto the Barbering Level 3 Diploma

Your Study Programme

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Career Options


If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create the look they want.

You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. You could also work as a trainee, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release.

To become a hairdresser, you will need to have customer service and 'people' skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of fashion. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.