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Barbering Level 2 Certificate

This course will enhance your barbering skills and knowledge, this is a vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed Barber. This qualification is a nationally recognised City and Guilds level 2 certificate.

Entry requirements

To start this course you must have 3 GCSEs at grades A*- D or 9-3 ideally including English and maths. 

Desirable: If you have gained any work-based qualifications these could also be taken into consideration.

Course content

You will be taught how to provide different cutting techniques including uniform layer, graduation, around the ear outline, with fade, all aspects of styling and cutting facial hair. You will study a range of units during the course including:

  • Working in the hair industry
  • Follow health and safety practice in the salon
  • Client consultation for hair services
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • Promote products and services
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Cut men’s hair
  • Cut facial hair

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You will have the opportunity to visit Salon International in October 2019 and take part in the BROOKS Hair & Beauty Show in May 2020. Other trips are available through the year depending on interest.

Assessment methods

Following your practical training you will complete formative and summative assessments where you will have the opportunity to gain a pass, merit or distinction. Please be aware that you may need to provide models for your assessments. You will be taught theory knowledge which will cover all units’ assessment will involve online exams at the end of the units. You will also be required to study at home during the course to improve your practical skills, as well as produce written assignments and complete exam revision.

Further study and career options

Course progression: To expand or advance your skills you could continue your studies in women’s hairdressing.

Career progression: Following the completion of the course you could work in a salon cutting men’s hair, as a mobile stylist, self-employed barber or freelance barber

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit (prices available at interview). Dress code is smart black trousers, plain black top (no logo) and closed in, low heel, black shoes. You will also need to buy a ring binder folder for theory notes and your portfolio of evidence.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
32 weeks 23/09/2019 Mon, Wed 6.00 pm - 9.00 pm £1265 Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon J201 Apply


Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.

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