Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: HB2D2 GLH: 330 Age Restriction: 15
Qualification Number: 603/0201/X Units: 12
Level: 2

Additional Information

Documentation for this qualification last amended 04 December 2019

Statement of purpose

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering is a Technical Certificate qualification aimed at learners aged 16-19 who require a full-time Level 2 education programme and wish to pursue a career as an employed and/or self-employed junior men's hairdresser/barber.

There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but in order to optimise their chances of success, a learner will ideally hold a Level 1 qualification or equivalent in barbering.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification is based on the national occupational standards for hairdressing/barbering and includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior barber/men's stylist. Learners must achieve all mandatory units which include:

- Advise and consult with clients
- Create basic outlines and detailing in hair
- Clipper maintenance
- Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques
- Cut men's hair using basic techniques
- Dry and finish men's hair
- Hair tonics
- Health, safety and hygiene
- Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp

Throughout this qualification, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of relevant anatomy and physiology and health and safety. They will also develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to consult with clients, provide a range of cutting and barbering services specifically for men's hair, and creating basic shapes in hair. They will be able to understand the workings and maintenance of clippers.

In parallel, learners will develop their communication and customer service skills, their awareness of environmental sustainability and their commercial skills, all of which are valued highly by employers. Problem solving and research skills will also be developed.

Why is this qualification the most suitable?

This qualification is one of two VTCT level 2 Technical Certificate qualifications in barbering. In addition to this qualification is the Level 2 Extended Diploma in Barbering; both qualify learners to become junior men's hairdressers/barbers.

At 378 total qualification time (TQT), the Diploma is most suitable for learners who continue, as part of their programme of study to work towards achieving Level 2 English and maths, or those undertaking another qualification in parallel.

The Extended Diploma at 481 TQT is far larger and most suited to learners who have achieved English and maths at Level 2 and wish to focus the majority of their programme on barbering, whereby they will develop a broader range of technical skills.

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who achieve this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council. As a junior men's hairdresser/barber, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

- commercial barber shops or salons
- specialist African type barber shops/salons
- independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- armed services
- HM prison service
- cruise liners
- hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 3 in one or more of the following areas:

- senior men's stylist/barber
- creative male grooming
- salon management
- hair colour correction
- specialist hair and scalp services
- advanced hair colour correction

Who supports this qualification?

This qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).

This qualification has been approved by the Department for Education for teaching to 16-19 year olds from September 2017, and will be first reported in the technical certificate category of the 2019 16-19 performance tables (subject to confirmation).

This qualification has been developed collaboratively with employers, professional associations and key stakeholders in the hairdressing sector. The knowledge, skills and competencies gained will provide the best possible opportunity for progression into employment.

This qualification is formally supported by the following organisations:

NameWebsite address
The Hairdressing Councilhaircouncil.org.uk
National Hairdressers' Federationnhf.info
The British Barbering Associationbritishbarbers.com

Qualification Structure

Components - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
HB2D2.EX1 External Examination 1 HB2D2 2
HB2D2.EX2 External Examination 2 HB2D2 2
HB2D2.SYN Graded Synoptic Assessment HB2D2 2

Mandatory Group - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 9 units and earn a minimum of credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UCO34M Y/615/0807 Health, safety and hygiene 2 30
UHB151M D/615/0825 Hair tonics 3 20
UHB152M T/615/0815 Clipper maintenance 3 20
UHB169M A/615/0802 Advise and consult with clients 2 35
UHB175M D/615/0811 Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp 2 25
UHB177M M/615/0814 Create basic outlines and detailing in hair 2 50
UHB179M F/615/0817 Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques 2 45
UHB180M F/615/0820 Cut men's hair using basic techniques 2 85
UHB181M J/615/0821 Dry and style men's hair 2 20

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

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
Central Bedfordshire College - Dunstable Campus 01582 477776 Visit website Bedfordshire - Central Bedfordshire
Milton Keynes College 01908 637238 Visit website Buckinghamshire - Milton Keynes
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
St. Peter's School 01480 459581 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
GHQ Training @ Inspirational Nails and Beauty Academy 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
INABT Ltd 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
Carlisle College 01228 822700 Visit website Cumbria
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
GHQ Training Ltd 01752 218086 Visit website Devon - Plymouth
E-Hairdressing and Beauty Academy 01803 295195 Visit website Devon - Torbay
Mike Taylor Education 01202 649100 Visit website Dorset - Poole
Bexhill College 01424 214545 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Eastbourne 0303 003 9300 Visit website East Sussex
East Sussex College - Lewes 0303 003 9200 Visit website East Sussex
Chelmsford College 01245 265611 Visit website Essex
Harlow College 01279 868000 Visit website Essex
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Eastleigh College 023 8091 1028 Visit website Hampshire
Highbury College 023 9238 3131 Visit website Hampshire - Portsmouth
Above Bar Training - Eastleigh College 023 80211418 Visit website Hampshire - Southampton
Broadstairs College 01843 605040 Visit website Kent
Canterbury College 01227 811111 Visit website Kent
Dover Technical College 01304 244303 Visit website Kent
Folkestone College 01303 858216 Visit website Kent
Boston College 01205 365701 Visit website Lincolnshire
Boston College Spalding 01775 715880 Visit website Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Ghost Academy 020 8590 4938 Visit website London - Barking and Dagenham
Barnet and Southgate College 020 3764 8000 Visit website London - Barnet
Positive Pathways Academy 01322 436285 Visit website London - Bexley
Choppy Cut Academy 0208 804 6700 Visit website London - Enfield
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
BlackRock (London) Ltd 0151 706 0499 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
Redcar and Cleveland College 01642 473132 Visit website North Yorkshire - Redcar and Cleveland
The Salon @ 89 Academy 01933 680444 Visit website Northamptonshire
West Nottinghamshire College 01623 627191 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Bath College 01225 312191 Visit website Somerset - Bath and North East Somerset
RNN Group - Dearne Valley College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Rotherham College 01709 722 683 Visit website South Yorkshire - Rotherham
Bournville College 0121 477 1300 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Digbeth Campus 0121 6945000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Hall Green Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
South and City College Birmingham - Handsworth Campus 0121 694 5000 Visit website West Midlands - Birmingham
Halesowen College 0121 602 8025 Visit website West Midlands - Dudley
Chichester College - Chichester Campus 01243 786321 Visit website West Sussex
In House Training Ltd 01924 500647 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Wakefield College 01924 789789 Visit website West Yorkshire - Wakefield
Tommy's Education Centre 01492 870166 Visit website Conwy