City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 2

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

City of Newport Campus

Start Date

Start Date
02 September 2024


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 3 GCSEs grade D or above to include: Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh 1st Language or an appropriate Entry Level qualification. Applicants without the minimum GCSEs will be considered based on previous experience or other qualifications.

In a nutshell

The barbering sector is fast moving and there will be opportunities to learn new skills during and after this interesting training programme.

This course is for you if...

... You want a career as a barber
... You’re hardworking and friendly
... You love creative and detailed work

What will I be doing?

Being a barber has many benefits which qualified stylists will tell you about. If you're thinking about becoming a barber, these are the top reasons to become one.

  • You can be creative

  • You'll meet new people

  • Having a career in barbering will give you the opportunity to be flexible with your working hours

  • You will be able to provide a variety of services

  • It is both satisfying and rewarding

Our course is designed for people with a career interest in barbering and is ideal if you have little or no experience or skills in barbering. We will help you to develop your customer service skills when dealing with clients and employability skills for all types of jobs.

You’ll learn about:

  • Client consultations

  • Reception skills

  • Shampooing

  • Blow drying

  • Basic hair and beard cutting

There is an expectation that you attend work placement during the academic year either weekly or on block. This can either be organised by you or your tutors will support you to find a suitable placement.

The course is delivered through:

  • Theory classes

  • Practical workshops

  • Real salon environments at the college

  • Commercial sessions

  • Demonstrations

  • Group work

  • Work placement

  • Enrichment activities such as trip, visits, guest speakers and outside demonstrations.

You’ll be assessed via practical assessments, assignments, projects and multiple-choice online tests covering underpinning knowledge. Once complete, you’ll achieve:

  • VRQ Level 2 Barbering

  • Appropriate supporting qualifications to broaden your skill set and meet the needs of industry

  • Skills Activities

  • Maths and English

  • Creative Enrichment Skills (community activities and demonstrations)

What is expected of me?

You will need to be self-motivated, hardworking, friendly and have a high level of personal presentation.

There will be an expectation that you attend work placement during the academic year. All delivery takes place on campus and there will be one evening a week when you may be in college until late.

Attendance and punctuality for all sessions is a major requirement of this course.

What comes next?

NVQ Level 2 in Barbering or employment at a junior apprentice level.

Additional information

Dress code:

  • Tunic with black trousers and black shoes must be worn in salons

  • Any hair must be neatly tied back off the face

  • Any nail extensions & varnish must not be worn

  • No piercings: only a wedding ring is allowed to be worn in the salon

As a condition of your place on this course, you will be expected to purchase the appropriate kit, from our approved supplier, costing approximately £200.

To reflect industry expectations, you will be required to wear a Coleg Gwent salon tunic which is to be ordered from our approved supplier. Details on how to order your tunic and kit, with supplier payment options, can be obtained from your Head of School, Lecturer or Technician. The tunic price for 2024/2025 is £45.

Where can I study City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 2?

City of Newport Campus
(Full Time)
Start Date: 02 September 2024

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team