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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.

Entry requirements

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.


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.

Financial information

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.

Future opportunities

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: 05 December 2018
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    • Northenden Campus is a large, welcoming campus, offering a wide range of courses for school leavers, apprentices, adults and university-level students. We’ve invested £2 million in the campus to make it a great place to study vocational and academic courses. We’ve created a wildlife haven within the grounds and wildlife corridors connecting the site to the beautiful Wythenshawe Park nearby. Some of the facilities at Northenden are open to the public, including beauty salons.

      Facilities at Northenden Campus include:

      • fitness suite
      • football pitch
      • games area
      • large library resource centre (LRC)
      • SkillZone with extensive IT tools
      • art and design workshops
      • canteen and coffee bar
      • purpose built kitchen for catering courses
      • woodwork, ceramics and jewellery workshops
      • photography studios
      • salons (open to the public)
      • wildlife corridors to Wythenshawe Park
      • wildflower meadows
      • habitats for wildlife
      • birdboxes

      Local area

      Northenden is a suburb of south Manchester. There are shops, a supermarket, restaurants and takeaways 15 minutes’ walk from the campus in central Northenden. There are also a small supermarket and shops closer to the campus. Northenden is surrounded by green space. The campus is minutes away from Gib Lane Wood and Wythenshawe Park which includes a community farm. It is also close to the Mersey Valley nature reserve; a riverside walk through miles of countryside and parkland.