York College

Who is this course aimed at?

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering is designed for students who work in or wish to pursue a career in barbering / men’s hairdressing.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering provides the necessary skills and knowledge to provide occupational competency as a barber.

Overview of the course

This qualification allows the student to learn, develop and practice the skills required to provide barbering services.

The diploma covers Health and Safety, cutting and styling men’s hair, cutting facial hair and colouring techniques.

Entry Requirements

An interest in the sector is necessary, experience is desirable but not necessary

Dates and Times

This course is now full, we will take waiting list applications at this stage. For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Course Length

33 weeks.

There is an expectation that you will have to spend time out of college to complete some of the assignment work

Course Modules/units


  • Health and Safety
  • Client consultation
  • Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp
  • Style and dress men’s hair
  • Cut hair using a variety of barbering techniques
  • Shape and trim facial hair
  • Colour men’s hair

Teaching Method(s)

How will this course be taught? Classroom based? Hands-on? Any specific facilities?

  • Practical demonstrations
  • One to one practical support
  • Groups activities
  • Student will work on clients (will need to provide own models for some asssessments)


Oral questioning
Portfolio of evidence
Online test
Short answer questions

Please note - The college will not be able to provide all the clients for this course, students are expected to be able to provide some of their own


£0 - £2,882

Additional costs

Students are required to provide their own tools and equipment (information will be provided at induction)

Dress code – Suitable black clothing.

Reasons to choose this course

York College have 2 large fully equipped Hairdressing salons, an inviting commercial salon reception, 3 Media Make up workshops and 2 Beauty Therapy salons. Adult learners will have access to professional products and equipment (including Loreal and Eve Taylor) and will also have the opportunity to join in any with any day time extracurricular activities should they wish to do so. This could include competition work and additional product training.

Skills you will develop

Students will also develop communication techniques, interpersonal skills and the ability to work well as a team.

Course progression

Higher level qualifications as appropriate to individuals needs

Career progression

Employment in industry in a barber’s shop.

About the course tutors

All our teachers are fully qualified with up to date experience in industry.


Contact Us

If you would like to enrol, you can do so via our Enrol Now page.

If you have any further questions about York College please email info@yorkcollege.ac.uk or call (01904) 770770.

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