Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Study Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 03/07/2020

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16-18 Free
19-24 £471 p/ year
24+ £471 p/ year
International £9,000 p/ year


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Barbering is an art form of its own and men's hair and styling requires specialist training if you are going to succeed in the industry. This course in barbering techniques is a vocational qualification that has been designed to develop a limited number of barbering skills to a high level of occupational ability and will prepare you to enter the men's hairdressing sector as a unisex hairdresser. This qualification includes the units to prepare you to work in this dynamic and rapidly expanding sector; client consultation, men's hair cutting and facial hair cutting using a range of tools and techniques. The course also includes the knowledge required to enable you to advise and consult with men on the type of haircut and facial hair shaping the way they want, but just as importantly what is suitable for them. You will achieve a qualification accredited by the awarding body VTCT.

Aims of the course

This course will prepare you to enter the men's hairdressing sector as a unisex hairdresser or if you are already working in the hair or barbering industry this course will provide you will a formal recognised qualification.

Unit Breakdown

This qualification covers the following units:

  • Advise and consult with clients.
  • Cut Men's hair.
  • Health, safety and hygiene.
  • Cut facial hair.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed through practical assessments and 4 online exams throughout the course.

Progression Opportunities

This qualification will prepare you for employment as in men's hairdressing/barbering and could widen your career opportunities if you are alreading working in women's or unsiex hairdressing. This qualification could also lead to you undertaking specialist qualifications at level 3 relating to barbering and/or level 2 diplomas in women's or unisex hairdressing.

Career Options

  • Employment in unisex hair salon.
  • Working independently/self-employed/mobile/home-based setting.

Entry Requirements

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous achievement of a level 2 qualification in women's hairdressing and/or a successful skills test and interview. You will meet with staff to discuss if this course is suitable for you and you will complete a free writing task that indicates an appropriate level of English ability.


Practical skills are delivered by experienced industry experts using tools and products recognised in the industry. Our skilled staff will utilise technology such as ipads and television viewing screens to support practical learning ensuring that you can view demonstrations and close up shots as many times as you need to during your practice. You will be able to gain realistic experience working on clients that book in to visit the T'ien salon on-site.

You will be required to purchase a uniform and a kit. All kits are compulsory to attend and achieve the qualification. Further information will be provided on interview. You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on: 02037573000

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