Qualification Information

Sector: Hairdressing and Barbering Category: Barbering
VTCT Product Code: AH20505 GLH: 345 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/8707/9 Units: 9 - 18 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2023
Level: 2 Minimum Credits: 40

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 1 September 2020

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering Studies 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 hairdressing professional 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 sucessful skills test and interview.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification is part of a suite of barbering qualifications. At 345-375 guided learning hours (GLH), this qualification is smaller than the VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering which is also included in the Performance Tables. Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become junior men's hairdressers, this qualification in barbering requires learners to achieve all the key elements of men's hairdressing/units to enable working as a men's hairdresser, but requires less optional units to be studied. This qualification is most suitable for learners who are committed to completing maths and/or English or another smaller qualification in parallel to the Barbering Studies qualification as part of their programme of study.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, builds on existing knowledge and understanding of barbering/hairdressing or will develop a complete repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a junior men's hairdresser. Learners will have their barbering skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

The content of this qualification is comprised of all the required elements to work effectively as a junior men's hairdresser including: health and safety; client consultation; shampoo and conditioning hair; cut men's hair; cut facial hair and promote products and services to clients in a salon. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills base by selecting a number of optional units from a range of specialist units which include: style men's hair; 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) on Page 5). This qualification 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 barber shops/salons
- Specialist African type hair barber shops/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 skills base by undertaking specialist qualifications at Level 3, including:

- 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 6 components and earn a minimum of 22 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
UV20488 H/600/8539 Shampoo and condition the hair and scalp 2 3 29
UV20492 T/600/8769 Promote products and services to clients in a salon 2 3 28
UV20504 A/600/9146 Cut men's hair 2 6 53
UV20505 T/600/9064 Cut facial hair 2 4 32

Optional - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 18 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV20484 M/600/8611 Working in the hair industry 2 4 35
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
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
UV30337 A/502/3795 Styling men's hair 1 3 30
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

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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
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
Newbury College 01635 584500 Visit website Berkshire - West Berkshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Total People Ltd 01606 734000 Visit website Cheshire - Cheshire East
Falmouth MAT 01326 372386 Visit website Cornwall
Truro College 01872 267000 Visit website Cornwall
Weymouth College 01305 761100 Visit website Dorset
The Bournemouth and Poole College of FE 01202 205205 Visit website Dorset - Bournemouth
Bexhill College 01424 214545 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Harlow College - East Gate 01279 868096 / 01279 868095 Visit website Hertfordshire
West Herts College 01923 812500 Visit website Hertfordshire
The Isle of Wight College 01983 526631 Visit website Isle of Wight
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Grantham College 01476 400226 Visit website Lincolnshire
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
West London Beauty Academy - Remix Hair and Beauty 07701032052 Visit website London - Brent
College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London - Enfield Centre 020 8442 3051 Visit website London - Enfield
Hairforce 1 Training Academy 07495 774490 Visit website London - Havering
AAXA 07804092978 Visit website London - Hounslow
Excellence-Solutions Limited T/A The Trade Academy 0845 467 7754 Visit website London - Waltham Forest
St Helens College - Knowsley Campus 0151 477 5850 Visit website Merseyside - Knowsley
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
North Nottinghamshire College 01709 722 683 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
South Staffordshire College - Tamworth Campus 01827 310202 Visit website Staffordshire
East Surrey College 01737 772611 Visit website Surrey
Headmasters Hair Academy 0121 459 9053 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Solihull College 0121 678 7000 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Solihull College - Woodlands Campus 0121 678 7000 Visit website West Midlands - Solihull
Aspire Sussex Ltd - Burgess Hill 01444 810710 Visit website West Sussex
Bradford College 01274 088 088 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Hair Academy by TGI Ltd 01274 505705 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Leeds City College - Keighley Campus 01535 685000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Leeds City College - The Printworks Campus 0113 284 6362 Visit website West Yorkshire - Leeds
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Churchtown Institute +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Signature Hair +353 834667243 Visit website Ireland
The Crew Academy Imagine Your Future +353 46 948 6829 Visit website Ireland
Tullamore Community Training Centre +353 579351030 Visit website Ireland
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff