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VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering (2018/19)

Course Content

This qualification is based on the barbering National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading barbering association (British Barbering Association - BBA) and professional hairdressing body (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior men's hairdresser. It includes all the required elements to work effectively including: health and safety; client consultation; shampoo and conditioning hair; research unit - working in the hair industry; basic cutting (including facial hair) and styling men's hair; promoting products and services to clients. This qualification structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a junior men's hairdresser.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must be aged 16 or over at the start of the course and have achieved National 4/5 qualifications. Industry experience or other qualifications will be considered. For applicants where English is not their first language then ESOL at Intermediate 2 is required. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with members of the general public, staff and their peers. Show enthusiasm and motivation for the industry. A creative ability would be an advantage. Entry is based on a group information session, a skills test and an individual interview. A satisfactory reference may be required.

Future Prospects

Education: progression on to either Level 3 Diploma in Barbering or Level 3 Diploma in Hairdressing. Career opportunities as a junior men's hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including commercial/specialist barber shops/salons; independent or self-employed working; product manufacturing and training; television, film, theatre and media; armed services; HM prison service and cruise liners.


Open/Closed book assessment for knowledge and understanding. Observation of your performance for assessment of skills.


SCQF Level: 5

How to Apply

How Where When
Full-Time Kingsway Campus 27 Aug 18 Apply Online
Full-Time Arbroath Campus 27 Aug 18 Apply Online

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