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About the course

Who is this course for?

The Level 2 Diploma in Barbering Studies is designed to provide learners with a 16 weeks course in which they will learn the necessary practical and theoretical skills to become a freelance barber or work in a barber shop.

This course examines the cutting of men’s hair using a variety of techniques to achieve different effects and looks. The course looks at the application of techniques to create basic looks for men, while considering critical influencing factors.

A good understanding of English is essential.

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification. It is based on the barbering National Occupation Standards and is recognised by the UK’s leading barbering association (British Barbering Association -BBA).

What will I learn?

Through this unit you will develop the ability to provide an effective consultation and advisory service for your clients. Being able to identify the capability of your clients’ hair will allow you to make recommendations based on questioning, observation and test results.
You will learn how to deal with influencing factors like the client’s previous history of their hair, contra-indications, skin and scalp disorders, their lifestyle, and commitment to the service and cost involved, which all impact on the services you suggest.
The aim of this unit is to increase your understanding of health and safety and its importance in the salon in which you work.
You will develop the ability to carry out a simple risk analysis, recognise a hazard, responsibly deal with the hazards you have found and follow safe and hygienic working practices.
You will also need to be able to locate fire-fighting equipment, first aid resources and have an awareness of fire, emergency and evacuation procedures.
The aim of this unit is to develop your skills in shampooing, conditioning and treating the hair and scalp using a variety of products and massage techniques. Being able to identify the condition of your client’s hair, skin and scalp will determine which products and massage techniques to use.
You will develop a sound knowledge of shampooing and conditioning products which will enable you to balance your client’s hair and scalp and provide good aftercare advice.
Through this unit you will develop a sound knowledge of the products and services offered in your salon. You will learn how to promote these products and services by providing accurate information, describing the benefits and features to your clients, being able to identify buying signals, secure an agreement and close a sale.
Through this unit you will learn how to create a variety of basic looks for men using club cutting, freehand, scissor and clipper-over-comb techniques.
Using these cutting techniques, you will demonstrate that you can produce a variety of graduated and uniform layered haircuts, with and without fringes and partings. You must also demonstrate that you can work on both curly and straight hair. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice
Through this unit you will learn how to create a variety of facial looks for men using a variety of techniques.
Using these cutting techniques, you will demonstrate that you can produce a variety of beard and moustache looks, to suit your clients. You must also demonstrate that you can work on both curly and straight hair taking into consideration all influencing factors.
Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Through this unit you will learn the basic skills of blow drying and styling men’s hair.
You will work under the direction of a stylist who will help you to identify the capability of your client’s hair so that you can choose from a range of products, tools and equipment to complete the look. You will need to demonstrate the ability to use heated styling equipment to finish the service. Part of this service is to provide your client with good aftercare advice.
Through this unit you will show how to create a positive image of yourself and the salon whilst working on the reception desk.
The receptionist is the first and last person to see a client, so the way you communicate and behave has a direct impact on how they are made to feel.
You will be required take and pass on messages, make and record appointments for clients, provide information about your salon, process client payments and be able to maintain confidentiality throughout.
Through this unit you will develop the creative skill of using both hairdressing and beauty techniques to create an image based on a theme.
You will research media images, plan and develop your ideas to create a mood board which you will then present to others. You will then re-create the image you have developed using technical hair and beauty skills. You will base your image on a theme and present your image to an invited audience. You must pay close attention to manufacturer’s instructions for products, timing and safety whilst working.
In this unit you will learn how to create an eye‑catching display using promotional materials, equipment and stock from your salon. Through careful planning, preparation and maintenance of your display, you will learn how to promote your salon and increase sales of services and retail products. You must follow safe working practices during the assembly and dismantling stages of the display.

How will I be taught?

You will be taught by professional experts through practical sessions alongside theory in a classroom.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be carried out during the course by an assessor observing your practical work. You will also complete written tests and assignments.

All practical work must be carried out on clients which you will be asked to provide.

Is there anything else I need to know?

You will need to purchase a uniform (black CPBA t-shirt – provided, black trousers and black shoes) and a barbering kit (includes scissors, clippers, dryer, combs, brushes, etc.)

The course fee is

£2,500

but you can get it for FREE*

This course can be funded by the government – eligibility criteria applies.*

* You don’t have to pay for the course if you are between 19-23 years old and this is your first L2 qualification or if you are above 23 years old and unemployed or earn less than £15,736.50/year (for 2018/2019 term). If you are not fully funded you need to pay £100 registration fee.
All learners are required to pay £10 admin fee which will be deducted from the registration fee once they start a course with us. For full terms and conditions of the funding and eligibility please visit https://www.cpba.co.uk/course-funding-2/

Entry requirements

You must have a keen interest in barbering.
No prior experience is required.
You must be 19 or older.



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