L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 20 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

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

All learners will be required to always wear full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whilst in the salons and clinic. Full uniform, to be purchased by learner. This includes tunic, trousers and flat enclosed shoes.

The following will be supplied by college:

  • Face Mask
  • Visor
  • Plastic Apron
  • Surgical Gloves

What you will study

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as a junior barber including: 

Reception Duties
Health and safety
Client consultation
Shampooing and conditioning hair
Basic hair cuts
Blow dry and finishing
Cutting facial hair to shape.
Develop and Maintain your effectiveness at work

These units are all mandatory.

Learners will also develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include:

Assist with Shaving
Creating basic patterns
Reception Duties

The full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA).

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 barber.

On this course you will be working on developing your Wales Essential Skills and West Tests. These must be completed in order to gain your full qualification. This will be timetabled alongside your barbering course.

Learners will also be expected to promote the Welsh language by working towards Cymraeg Gwaith.

Additional costs for uniform and full barbering kit to be confirmed at enrolment.

You will be responsible for bringing in your own models for practical assessments each day that you have practical assessments. Without the models you cannot achieve assessments in order to gain your qualification.

You will also be responsible to find a work placement to go to once a week in a barbering shop. You will also be expected to complete a two-week work experience either within the same salon you to weekly to or a new salon. You will be fully responsible to find both placements and liaise with your tutor to put arrangements and dates in place. Pop up barber shops will also need to be attended across college campuses at the end of the course in order to give extra confidence, skills and the completion of extra assessments. This will be arranged by tutors and dates given when ready.

Course fee per year

Salon Fees: £30.00

Entry requirements

Entry onto this qualification can be via previous attainment of a Level 1 qualification in hairdressing/barbering or you must have the minimum of 3 GCSE’s of grades A*-D in Maths and English or Welsh, or have an equivalent qualification at level 2. You will also need to complete a successful interview and undertake an initial assessment.

Learners will also be responsible for bringing in their own models as a client base in order to complete their assessments. Each Learner will need to purchase an additional full barber kit, as well as the personal protective equipment at the start of the course. More information will be given on the interview days. And full kit list will be made available to purchase separately.

Teaching and assessment

Practical Assessments

2 Written Exams:

  • Shampoo and Conditioning
  • Advise and Consult with Clients

2 Essential skills Qualifications

Welsh Language

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

20 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

18 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
Maps & directions

Course code



VTCT Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

Career prospects & further study


The industry generates almost £7.7billion for the UK Economy. NHF (2018).

Can go out into the work field and become a junior Barber. Or progress onto a Level 2 Hairdressing course.


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE