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Barbering NVQ Level 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you want to learn what it takes to become a successful barber, this NVQ Level 2 Diploma is the perfect place to begin, helping you develop your cutting skills in real, working environments. Covering all the basic skills you’ll need to get started with a career in barbering, you’ll learn how to cut hair with traditional techniques, how to cut and shape beards and how to shampoo, condition, dry and finish men’s hair effectively. You’ll be able to choose certain units you want to focus in too, including changing men’s hair colour, learning how to run a reception properly and how to manage your own business! The course is recognised by the UK’s leading professional authority in the industry, The British Barbering Association (BBA). You’ll be developing both cutting and office skills that will ensure you can succeed as either an employed, or self-employed freelance barber.


You won’t need any formal qualifications to join us on this course, but you should have good listening and communication skills, the ability to work in a team, and artistic flair. We may also ask you to take a small initial assessment in English and Maths to ensure we can support you with the correct level of tuition.

Financial information

Throughout the course, your practical skills will be regularly assessed to check you’re developing all the appropriate techniques correctly. You’ll be building a portfolio of evidence, which will also include online exams, written tests and practical observations.

Future opportunities

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Further information

With this Level 2 Diploma in Barbering, you’ll have a number of the necessary skills to follow your passion and secure employment as a junior barber. You could also continue onto further courses with us at The Manchester College, developing your knowledge further with a Level 2 NVQ or Level 3 Diploma in hairdressing, opening up even more career opportunities in the industry.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 April 2018
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    • North Manchester Sixth Form is a friendly, vibrant sixth form centre offering courses for school leavers. There are a wide range of courses to choose from, including acting, medical sciences, childcare, business, film production and forensics. The comfortable, environmentally friendly site is made up of a bright modern building and the restored Harpurhey Baths. There is plenty of space to socialise and a large garden. Many of the facilities at North Manchester Sixth Form are open to the community.

      Harpurhey Baths is a Grade II listed building and part of North Manchester Sixth Form. The college has transformed the building into an award-winning exhibition space for students and the community.

      Facilities at North Manchester Sixth Form include:

      • library resources centre (LRC)
      • large open plan area for eating and socialising
      • canteen
      • garden
      • mock aircraft cabin, check in desk, working luggage scales and tannoy system
      • fitness centre, open to the public
      • exhibition and performance space, open to the public
      • panini bar, open to the public

      Local area

      North Manchester Sixth Form is in Harpurhey, a suburb three miles north of central Manchester. There are a large market, supermarket, shops, fast food chains and a post office nearby. North Manchester Sixth Form is close to Queens Park and Boggart Hole Clough, large community parks hosting events throughout the year. Queens Park has a children’s playground. North City Family and Fitness Centre is five minutes’ walk away and has a health suite and swimming pool.