Hello and welcome to Barbering at Blackburn College

About Me

My name is Lee and I am the Course Leader at Blackburn College for Barbering.

If you have any specific questions about the course or Barbering in general please email me at  You can also fill in the form below.

I am thrilled you have chosen or are thinking of choosing Barbering at Blackburn College. I do have a little challenge for you to complete but we will get to that in a moment. Firstly, I just want to give you a short introduction to myself, an outline to the course and where you can go in your future.

I first started Hairdressing and Barbering at the age of 14. My high school was one of the first schools in the area to offer a vocational course whilst at school. During this time I gained my level 1 qualification and I knew from this that I wanted to become a hairdresser / barber.

Once I had completed my GCSEs I enrolled at college on to level 2 in Barbering. Level 2 is your main Barbering qualification which, once achieved, you can work as a qualified barber .

Once you have gained your Level 2 qualification you can progress to the Level 3 programme just like I did.

About Barbering

As a qualified barber you have many opportunities open to you which include some of the following:

  • Working as a Barber in a barber’s shop or hair salon on either an employed or self-employed basis
  • Opening your own Barber’s shop (like I did at 22)
  • Work on cruise ships and travel the world
  • Work and live in other countries in need of Barbers such as: Australia, Canada, New Zealand to name a few
  • Move into education and teach Barbering (like I did at 24)

My Activity For You

My activity for you is to create a moodboard looking at different haircuts and facial haircuts clients.

As you know we are all currently in lockdown and have been for many weeks. As a result many people now need haircuts- some have tried cutting their own hair, some have asked their family to do it for them and some have even shaved their hair off!

Many however, have left their hair to grow long. We still at this stage do not know when hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to re open. When they do will people have their long hair and beards cut short? Or will they go for new styles and trends?

As a barber we need to make sure we cover all bases. So your task!

  • Create a moodboard containing different hairstyles and facial hair designs. Your moodboard can be completed on a PC using PowerPoint or Word etc or you can create on paper or card and collect images from newspapers or magazines or online.
  • Once you have completed your moodboard I would like you research and list the equipment you will need to undertake those looks including products to style and finish. After all you will be learning to complete those looks when you join me in September!
  • I will give you bonus points if you can also price up the equipment you would need to create these looks!
  • And finally I would like you to take images of your completed work and send to me! You can send them to me directly using the social media handles below:

Twitter: @BlackburnBarber

Instagram: Blackburns_Barber

Or you could send them to Blackburn College’s main social media channels.

Twitter: @bbcollege

Instragram: @blackburncollege


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