Barbering | City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering | Level 2 | Fast Track

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Course Type: Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds Fees (October 2022): £1351.00

Why this course?

Barber using clippers to cut short hair

Studying Barbering at Greater Brighton MET is fun exciting and will leave you with the skills, confidence and most importantly, the experience to progress into employment or further your skills through study.

This part-time course is for those who wish to pursue a career as an employed or self-employed barber. You will be introduced to a wide range of practical barbering techniques and have the opportunity to develop your skills in customer service, communications and commerciality; all of which are highly valued by employers. 

Our professional salon is open to the public allowing you to gain experience of customer service and cutting and styling for real clients.

Our tutors are experts with strong links to employers and industry. We also invite guests speakers in and run specialist training sessions. This increased depth of knowledge will prepare you for work in salons, hotels, health and fitness spas, airlines, cruise liners and department stores in the UK or overseas.

Start dates

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Code Start Campus Times Duration Fees
FE0713-1C 31 Oct 2022 Central Brighton Mondays: 1.00pm - 8.30pm 24 weeks £1351.00 Apply

Entry requirements

A good standard of English and an interview.

Entry requirements

Course Units

  • Principles and practices of hairdressing and barbering services 
  • Consultation techniques and client care
  • Shampoo, condition and treating hair and scalp
  • Cut hair using basic barbering techniques
  • Cut facial hair into shape using basic techniques
  • Colour and lighten hair
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair
  • Dry and finish men’s hair
  • Create an image based on a theme
  • Provide perming services

Why the MET?

The course provides real-world training facilities. You will use quality professional kits and products in our professional salons with paying customers. The course also includes regular enrichment activities and workshops with guest speakers.

Our highly-skilled teachers have current industry experience and the department has strong industry and employer links.  

90% of our barbering students go into full or part-time employment after they complete their course.

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Brighton MET is the location of our Central Campus. Right in the heart of Brighton’s world-famous North Laine, the College is within walking distance of all the city’s main amenities – the award-winning city library, the independent shops and eateries and the beach.


  • Three well-equipped training salons and a commercial salon open to the public
  • High-end industry standard equipment and products
  • Access to the MET’s student services, including career advice and additional learning support 
  • Cafés with a wide range of reasonably priced meals, snacks and drinks
  • Assessment

    This course is assessed using the following methods:

    • Practical assessment on commercial clients
    • Written Assignment
    • Portfolio
    • External Examination

Work experience

You will work commercially in our Metro Hair and Beauty Salon.

We have very strong links with local employers, many of whom started their own careers at Brighton MET.

All of our students have an opportunity to undertake work experience, which often leads to gaining a permanent position within that company.

We hold an annual careers day where local, national and international employers will come and give seminars. This will give you valuable information and advice about progression opportunities and setting up your own business.  

We also hold training days, trips to trade shows and have guest speakers to keep all of your training and knowledge current and up to date.

What's next?

After Level 2, you could choose to develop your knowledge and skills further by completing a Level 2 or Level 3 specialist qualification, such as media hair & makeup, or part-time courses in hair extensions, creative hair design or African Caribbean hair. Alternatively you could undertake a barbering apprenticeship, or seek employment.

Future careers include:

  • Barber
  • Fashion hairstyling
  • Media hairstyling

Fees & additional costs

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:

  • You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £345 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £552 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
  • OR if you are working and earn less than £18,525 per year (gross pay)

You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.

Subsidised fees

If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

For the full price course fee please contact our admissions team. 

More information about fees and financial support can be found here.

If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 2 or above, you may not have to pay any fees. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: | 01273 667704

All students

You will be required to purchase additional kit for this course:

  • Kit and uniform: approximately £300 (TBC)
  • Online resource: £25
  • External trip to trade show: £25
  • Portfolio/stationery: £5
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