Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Barbering - Level 2 Diploma

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Course Code: FE0132-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time), Adult qualifications and professional Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations Qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 2 Awarding Body: City & Guilds

Course aims

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 skills and have the opportunity to develop your skills in customer service, communications and commerciality; all of which are highly valued by employers. 

At the end of this qualification you will have essential skills, knowledge and experience in: shampoo and hair conditioning; health and safety; cutting hair using barbering techniques and cutting facial hair to shape and dying men's hair.

The MET is partnered with the Francesco Group, who operate a professional hair and beauty salon on campus. This provides a fantastic working and study environment for our students, who provide treatments to paying customers, giving them real-world experience, which is vital for employment upon graduation. Our expert tutors will give you the skills and confidence necessary for this varied and exciting industry.

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grade 3 (C) or above, including English and maths

If you do not have these grades you can start on the Level 1 Hairdressing course

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
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair
  • Dry and finish men’s hair
  • Create an image based on a theme

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?

80% of students go into full time employment or Barbering Apprenticeships with Brighton MET. 

20% go on to study further at Brighton MET, where there are several progression routes from this course.

A Barbering VRQ Diploma Level 2 will allow you to move on to studying the following courses at Brighton MET:

  • Barbering City & Guilds VRQ Diploma/Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Beauty Therapy VTCT Diploma Level 1 and Level 2
  • Hair and Make-up Artistry VTCT Diploma Level 2
  • Hair Extensions VTCT Diploma L3
  • Creative Hair Design VTCT Certificate Level 3
  • African Caribbean Hair
  • Nail Technology VTCT Certificate Level 2

Alternatively you could start employment in the following areas:

  • Barber
  • Level 2/3 barbering apprenticeship
  • Fashion or media hairstyling

Fees & additional costs


Full price course fee: £1,761 

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

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
Fees & additional costs
  • 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.”


Potential Careers

Hairdressing or beauty salon manager/proprietor

Typical Tasks:

  • Determines staffing, financial, material and other short- and long-term needs.
  • Controls the allocation, training and remuneration of staff.
  • Provides clients with information and advice on styles and treatments, and resolves any complaints or problems.
  • Ensures clients' records are maintained.
  • Undertakes and/or directs hair treatments and/or beauty therapy.
  • Checks and maintains any equipment, and ensures that all safety requirements are met.
  • Demonstrates, advises on and sells hair and/or beauty products.
  • Ensures financial accounts for the business are maintained.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £15,873

AVERAGE £27,651


Desired Skills:
  • Learning Strategies
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics

Hairdresser or barber

Typical Tasks:

  • Discusses customer requirements, analyses hair condition and other relevant features to define and advise on hair style.
  • Washes, conditions, bleaches, tints or dyes hair and provides any necessary basic scalp treatments.
  • Cuts and trims hair using scissors, clippers, razor and comb.
  • Combs, brushes, blow-dries or sets wet hair in rollers to style or straighten.
  • Shaves and trims beards and moustaches.
  • Collects payment, arranges appointments and cleans and tidies salon.
  • Maintains client records and keeps up-to-date with new products, styles and techniques.
  • Ensures hair products are stored and used appropriately and observes relevant health and safety factors.
  • Demonstrates, sells and recommends hair care products to clients and advises them on hair care.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2020 in the South East.

ENTRY £12,578

AVERAGE £15,152


Desired Skills:
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Monitoring
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Science
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
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