Barbering Level 2

Course Structure

The NVQ Level 2 in barbering , fully government funded* for all learners aged 16 – 18. 

*Government funding is subject to the following eligibility criteria:

  • You must not be on a government funded course already

  • You must have been living in the UK or EU for 3 years or more

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for NVQ 2 barbering.


To complete the barbering NVQ learners will need to pass a series of practical assessments. Experience will be gained in our fully equipped salon. During these practical sessions learners will be responsible for organizing treatments for friends and family.

Course Content

At the end of the programme you will be fully qualified in the following:

Mandatory units:

  • cut men's hair using basic techniques 

  • cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques 

  • dry and finish men's hair

  • create basic outlines and detangling hair

  • advise and consult with clients 

  • shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp

  • develop and maintain your effectiveness at work

Optional units: (pick 2)

  • Relax hair

  • Assist with shaving services 

  • Colour and lighten mens hair

  • Perm and neutralise hair 

  • plait and twist hair 

  • Temporarily attach hair to enhance a style

  • fulfil salon reception duties 

Barbering Level 3 

Mandatory units:

  • creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques 

  • design and create a range of facial hair shapes

  • provide shaving services 

  • provide client consultation 

Optional units: (pick 4)

  • provide a variety of relaxing services

  • design and create patterns in hair

  • hair colour correction services 

  • develop, enhance and evaluate your creative hairdressing skills

  • provide specialist hair and scalp treatments 

  • perm and neutralise hair

  • colour and lighten mens hair

  • contribute to the planning, implementation and evaluation of promotional activities 

  • contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business 

  • fulfil salon reception duties