Barbering | City & Guilds VRQ Diploma in Barbering | Level 2

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Course Code: FE0132-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations Qualification: City & Guilds Certificate in Barbering Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Why this course?


This 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 modern salon provides an ideal environment to gain the skills, confidence and real-life experience that you need for a career in barbering.

Our professional salon is open to the public allowing you to gain experience of customer service and cutting and styling for real clients. Out tutors are experts with strong links to employers and industry. We also invite guests speakers in and run specialist training sessions.


Start dates

September 2021 Apply
  • student Views Reece Lewis Barbering VRQ Level 2
    I enjoyed the course and feel I am a closer step to the direction I want to follow. I am a hard worker and want to progress onto the next level of an apprentice.
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing
    Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Laine in Brighton.
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing
    Simon is a is a UK Guest Artist for KMSHair, a member of The Fellowship For British Hairdressing and freelance educator. He studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.
  • student Views Hamish Tinto- Cassidy Barbering VRQ level 2
    I found the course hard at the start but then I started doing well. I have passed my exams and I’m in the process of passing my course. I am becoming more confident.

Entry requirements

At least 3 GCSEs grade at 3 (D/E) or above, including English and maths or successful completion of the Level 1 Diploma in Hairdressing.

If you do not have these grades you can start on the Level 1 Hairdressing course or the Get Started in Hair & Beauty.

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 professional salons with paying customers. 

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

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

    Graded practical assessments and external examinations

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

Course fees and finance

The course fee for 21/22 entry is £1,761.

You do not have to pay fees if:

  • You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
  • AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying. 

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

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 £343 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £549 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 £17,004 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.

Course is free if you meet the following criteria

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


Additional costs

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


Barber using clippers to cut short hair




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Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to UK citizens, those who hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify them for home status, AND are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

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