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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

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About the course

The Level 2 Certificate in Barbering . This qualification will provide you with the requisite knowledge, understanding and skills to work competently as a barber. Throughout this qualification you will ensure responsibility to reduce risks to health and safety, advise and consult with clients, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, cut hair using basic barbering techniques, cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques, basic colour services and dry and finish men's hair.


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Entry requirements

Entry by interview. Applicants will have completed Level 1 in Hairdressing and Barbering but we will also consider students who have achieved Grade C (4) and above in English and Maths and minimum of one other at Grade C and above. Successful applicants will be required to have current or planned experience working in a salon environment. Some of the products used in the hairdressing and beauty industry contain nuts and therefore this occupation may not be suitable for those people with an allergy to nuts.


Level 2 Technical Certificate in Barbering

What you'll learn (core modules)

The following units will be covered: Ensure responsibility for actions to reduce risks to health and safety, cut hair using basic barbering techniques, cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques, dry and finish men's hair, shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp, advise and consult with clients. Each unit will be practically assessed whilst learners work on paying clients in the salon session, during which they will be supervised and supported throughout. Oral assessment is also used to support practical and written evidence. End of year practical synoptic exams (practical trade tests) and theory exams will form your final grade of Pass/Merit/Distinction. Learners will be assigned a Personal Support Tutor who will set up their individual learning plan, and their tutor will meet with them on a one-to-one basis throughout the year to discuss targets and progress through the programme. Learners will be assured of any learning and personal support they require. Organised trips and visiting speakers are part of the course and are relevant to the hairdressing industry; they provide enrichment and inspiration for the learner's chosen profession.

Learners will be required to provide models for assessments throughout the year.

Every student is expected to work towards a GCSE Grade C/4 in English and Maths. All students, including those that have achieved C/4 grade in these subjects, will be expected to attend Directed Study sessions to complete course work tasks and assignments. Learners are required to find at least one day a week salon placement which will build relationships in the industry and could lead to employment in the future.

Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Working in the hairdressing, barbering & beauty industry attracts passionate, artistic and hardworking individuals, this is a demanding industry where maximum job satisfaction is guaranteed for the right person. An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to work daily on building your knowledge and life skills whilst planned, focused training happens weekly to ensure you have the skills required to provide high standards and excellent customer service to your developing clientele. This is an industry where teamwork, artistry and personal flair is part of every working day and that brings with it the responsibility and rewards that ensure that every day is a new and exciting challenge. If you are looking for a long term, varied career that motivates and inspires your passion then this is the career for you.

How will I be assessed?

This course has an end point practical assessment, similar to a trade test, this covers practical skills and behaviours of the professional barber, this happens at the start of the third term. There will also be and end of course exam at the end of the second term, this covers theory taught across all 5 units of barbering. Both elements must be completed and achieved in order to achieve a full qualification. You will be required to supply models for practice and exams.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

In Vogue Salon /Barber Shop.

Where will the course take me?

Learners may progress on to the Level 3 Technical  Diploma after successful completion of this course. Once learners have achieved their level 3 qualifications, they may have the option of doing the Foundation Degree in Salon Management.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Upon enrolment for this course learners will receive order forms that list all the equipment, tools and uniform requirements of the course. The uniform will consist of black trousers, a polo top, black hoody and flat black closed shoes. Learners will be required to purchase tuition/mannequin head that will be used to learn all the practical skills for barbering. An equipment list will include all electrical equipment, combs, brushes and scissors needed, including a kit bag. Each learner will be required to have access to a recommended text book that supports the knowledge delivered for this course. You may need to consider an additional cost for trips and activities throughout the year. Uniform is required for every session in the practical area.

How much will it cost?

Kit and uniform will cost appox £500

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply on line and complete the application form, you will be called in to the college to interview with a member of the team who will give you more detail about the programme an help you enrol onto the course.

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Days & times

Starting September 2021

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