Qualification Information

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering Category: Barbering
VTCT Product Code: AH20040 GLH: 466 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 500/9040/9 Units: 11 - 20 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 53

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering is a substantial vocational qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed men's hairdresser. This qualification is based on the barbering National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading barbering association (British Barbering Association - BBA) and professional hairdressing body (The Hairdressing Council) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a junior men's hairdresser.

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing/barbering and/or a successful skills test and interview.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This is one of two VTCT qualifications in barbering at Level 2. This qualification allows learners to gather evidence in a realistic working environment or real working environment without the need for fee paying clients. Learners on completion of this qualification will become a qualified junior men's hairdresser.

In contrast, the VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering requires learners to work in a commercial hairdressing salon whereby assessments must be carried out on real paying clients in line with commercial service times; learners on completion will become a qualified junior barber.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, and will develop the knowledge and skills to prepare learners for employment as a junior men's hairdresser.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior men's hairdresser including: health and safety; client consultation; shampoo and conditioning hair; the research unit - working in the hair industry; basic cutting including facial hair and styling men's hair . These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: reception duties; providing scalp massage services; promoting products and services to clients; and perming and colouring hair - the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification). This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a junior men's hairdresser

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a graduate State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.

Career opportunities as a junior men's hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Commercial barbershops/salons
- Specialist African type hair barbershops/salons
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Television, film, theatre and media
- Armed services
- HM prison service
- Cruise liners

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a junior men's hairdresser, learners may choose to further develop their knowledge and skills by undertaking Technical Level qualification in barbering at level 3, these include:

- VTCT Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering
- VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies

Qualification Structure

Mandatory - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 7 components and earn a minimum of 26 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20386 A/600/9065 Client consultation for hair services 2 3 30
UV20483 R/600/8763 Follow health and safety practice in the salon 2 3 22
UV20484 M/600/8611 Working in the hair industry 2 4 35
UV20488 H/600/8539 Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp 2 3 29
UV20504 A/600/9146 Cut men's hair 2 6 53
UV20505 T/600/9064 Cut facial hair 2 4 32
UV30337 A/502/3795 Styling men's hair 1 3 30

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 4 components and earn a minimum of 27 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV10478 H/600/6323 Working with others in the hair and beauty sector 1 2 19
UV10480 R/600/4874 Colour hair using temporary colour 1 3 30
UV20486 A/600/8630 Colour and lighten hair 2 10 91
UV20489 A/600/8773 Salon reception duties 2 3 24
UV20490 J/600/8761 Display stock to promote sales in a salon 2 3 24
UV20492 T/600/8769 Promote products and services to clients in a salon 2 3 28
UV20494 T/600/8626 The art of colouring hair 2 7 60
UV20499 J/600/8632 Create an image based on a theme within the hair and beauty sector 2 7 60
UV20503 A/601/5366 Wig services 2 5 40
UV20512 Y/600/8537 Perm and neutralise hair 2 7 60
UV20513 L/600/8535 Provide scalp massage services 2 4 33
UV20515 R/600/8536 Relax African type hair 2 5 44
UV30342 Y/502/3805 Plaiting and twisting hair 1 3 30

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Ongel Cosmetology College +90 392 223 7773 Visit website Cyprus
Tina Kay Hair & Beauty Training Centre +354 22 346308 Visit website Cyprus
Tina Kay Hair & Beauty Training Centre - Larnaca Visit website Cyprus
Barnfield College 01582 569500 Visit website Bedfordshire - Luton
East Berkshire College 01753 793371 Visit website Berkshire - Slough
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Filton Campus 0117 909 2357 Visit website Bristol, City of
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
Macclesfield College 01625 410000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
Wild About Hair 01803 666478 Visit website Devon - Torbay
Great British Barbering Academy Ltd 01202 649100 Visit website Dorset - Poole
Bella Marie Training Academy 07817453787 Visit website Durham
Orangebox Training Solutions 07817453787 Visit website Durham
Stockton Riverside College 01642 865400 Visit website Durham - Stockton-on-Tees
Chelmsford College 01245 265611 Visit website Essex
Havering College of Further and Higher Education 01708 455011 Visit website Essex
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy - Southend-on-Sea 020 8004 8835 Visit website Essex - Southend-on-Sea
Bridge Training 01452 411112 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
South Gloucestershire and Stroud College - Stroud Campus 01453 763424 Visit website Gloucestershire
The Manchester College - Harpurhey Campus 0161 909 6655 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Moston Campus 0161 920 4414 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Northenden Campus 0161 614 8000 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
The Manchester College - Openshaw Campus 01785 774100 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
TPG Education 0161 292 5604 Visit website Greater Manchester - Manchester
Wigan and Leigh College 01942 761600 Visit website Greater Manchester - Wigan
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Haha Training Ltd 07730775108 / 07793671970 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Southampton School of Hairdressing and Barbering 023 8059 5060 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
Oaklands College 01727 737000 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
TNB Skills Training - Folkestone 01303 256305 Visit website Kent
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
North Lindsey College 01724 281111 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
West London Beauty Academy - Remix Hair and Beauty 07701032052 Visit website London - Brent
Sanrizz Education Centre 01707665880 Visit website London - Camden
By Nico Hair Academy 07532 828800 Visit website London - Enfield
College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London 020 8802 3111 Visit website London - Haringey
West Thames College 020 8326 2000 Visit website London - Hounslow
Bella Hair Academy 07711556908 Visit website London - Lewisham
Fami Hair and Beauty Institute 020 8518 1688 Visit website London - Redbridge
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy 0845 467 7754 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
Alt Valley Community Trust 0151 546 6249 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Southport College 01704 500606 Visit website Merseyside - Sefton
@BarbersNo1 Academy Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Innovative Alliance 0151 374 2606 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Wirral Metropolitan College - Conway Park Campus 0151 551 7777 Visit website Merseyside - Wirral
Harrogate College 01423 879466 Visit website North Yorkshire
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Eternal Youth 07815 098275 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Ethos Hair Training Academy 01909 231125 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Suffolk New College 01473 382200 Visit website Suffolk
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
SB Barbering 0191 567 3644 Visit website Tyne and Wear - Sunderland
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Kirklees College - Pioneer House 01924 465916 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Swindon College 01793 491591 Visit website Wiltshire
Laurus Edutech Life Skills Private Limited +91 9790927896 Visit website India
Barber Academy Cavan +353 876463701 Visit website Ireland
Carlow Youth Training +353 59 913 2245 Visit website Ireland
Club Man Barber Academy +353 876172304 Visit website Ireland
Empire School of Barbering +353 85 25 27718 Visit website Ireland
Grafters Academy +353 85 1221432 Visit website Ireland
JK School of Barbering +353 8 521 37072 Visit website Ireland
Next Generation School of Barbering +353 857164847 Visit website Ireland
Q Centre +353 22 55452 Visit website Ireland
Sharon Leavy College of Hair and Beauty +353 57 866 2600 Visit website Ireland
The Way Ahead Training Service Ltd - The Change Works Training Centre +353 87 642078 Visit website Ireland
St. Vincent's Community Training Centre +353 1 887 4109 Visit website Dublin 1
Charles Male Grooming Academy 028 6632 7034 Visit website Fermanagh and Omagh
Elevate 07743521234 Visit website Newry, Mourne And Down
Dundee and Angus College - Arbroath Campus 01241 432600 Visit website Angus
Dundee and Angus College - Kingsway Campus 01382 834865 Visit website Dundee City
Touch Mode Education +90 533 838 9518 Visit website Turkey
Nailbase Training Academy 01492 872 140 Visit website Conwy
Tommy's Education Centre 01492 870166 Visit website Conwy
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff