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Barbering - City & Guilds Technical Certificate in Barbering Level 2

This course gives you the skills and confidence to pursue a career as a barber or continue studying.

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Key information

Course code: B1442 Course type: 16-19 (full-time), Full-time Duration: 1 Year Start date: September 2018 Entry requirements: 3 GCSEs grade 3 or above, including English and Maths End qualification: City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 2 Awarding body: City & Guilds Course location: Brighton Metropolitan College, Central Campus Assessment: Graded practical assessments and external examinations

Course aims and areas

This is a job ready qualification based on national occupational standards for barbering and will develop skills in a work environment, enabling you to apply to barbering positions in professional salons.

Brighton MET benefits from having its own professional salon that is open to the public and staffed by students. You will gain valuable experience of working professionally.

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, cutting facial hair to shape and dying men's hair.

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.

Entry Requirements

Specific entry requirements may vary depending on the type of course and the level of entry. Click here to find out more about entry requirements for our 16-19 (full-time) courses.

All 16-19 (full-time) courses require an application review meeting. This is a chance for us to talk through your choice of choice and ensure it's right for you.

There are specific CEFR proficiency requirements for international students.

Course Costs

All 16-19 (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August 2017. The only fees you have to pay are for specialist resources and equipment. The cost of these varies from £25 to £300 depending upon the subject you are studying.

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How to apply

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Work experience

You will work commercially in Metro Hair and Beauty Salon here at Brighton MET, and have the opportunity take part in our annual hair show attended and judged by 30 local employers.

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 businesses.  

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 City and Guilds Technical Certificate Level 2 will allow you to move on to studying the following courses at Brighton MET:

  • Barbering City & Guilds Diploma/Apprenticeship Level 3
  • Beauty Therapy VTCT Diploma Level 1 and Level 2
  • Hair and Makeup 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 

  • 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

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

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

    Reece Lewis
  • alumni Views Alice Robson NVQ Level 2 Hairdressing

    “Alice has recently opened her own salon called ‘Eden’ here in the North Lanes in Brighton.”

    Alice Robson
  • alumni Views Simon Webster Hairdressing

    “Simon studied Hairdressing at Brighton MET college over 30 years ago, winning our Annual Hair show in 1986.”

    Simon Webster
  • student Views Alfie Blackmore Barbering VRQ level 2

    “I found Barbering hard, fading needs to be added to the techniques of the course, I liked the people who attended the course.”

    Alfie Blackmore
  • student Views Hamish Tinto- Cassidy Barbering VRQ level 2

    “I found the course hard at the start but then Katie came and I started doing well, I have passed my exams and I’m in the process of passing my course. I am becoming more confident.”

    Hamish Tinto- Cassidy

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

2 Available opportunities 0.4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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

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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

1441 Available opportunities 5.1% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 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

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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