What Does a Level 2 NVQ Barbering Course Involve?

Qualifications for becoming a barber start at the level of the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Barbering, accredited by the Vocational Training Charitable Trust (VTCT).

There are several ways to earn this qualification. In this article, we explain the most common ways for you to become a barber and what is involved in a level 2 NVQ qualification.

Choosing the right academy

The best training for hairdressing and barbering can be obtained at an academy or college. Most facilities are equipped with a state-of-the-art training hairdressing and barbering salon and provide training that is based on real-world work experiences. The Barbering School of Wales, for example, is South Wales’s newest city centre barber training academy with top of the range equipment and learning tools.

Professional teaching staff from within the hairdressing and barbering industries comprise the technical training team to ensure current trends can be demonstrated in the training and that it meets the needs of the industry.

How Long Does the Course Last?

The Level 2 NVQ courses at most academies usually run for 6 months, where you study two days each week, in the daytime, in the evenings, or at weekends.

You will learn all the essential practical skills and knowledge required to learn how to cut and style men’s hair through this exciting qualification based on national occupational standards for barbering. The tutor who guides you through your learning process will be your adviser.

As you learn about shape, physiology and health and safety, you will develop your knowledge and understanding of these areas. A comprehensive barbering service should include shampooing and conditioning, cutting, shaving, shaping, and finishing hair. You will also acquire the knowledge, knowledge, and skills to advise and consult with clients.

Also, you will improve your communication, customer service, and research skills, as well as learn how to solve problems in a timely manner.

You will be given the option to continue your studies in level 3 once you have completed level 2.


  • Consult directly with clients
  • Treat the hair and scalp by shampooing, conditioning, and nourishing
  • Work more effectively by improving and maintaining your effectiveness
  • Cut men’s hair using fundamental techniques
  • Cut facial hair to shape utilising basic techniques
  • Dry and finish men’s hair
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair

Month One

You will be introduced to your programme and study about health and safety, client consultation and the art of hair. Your hands-on experience will begin, as you learn how to shampoo and handle men’s hair.

Month Two

You will improve your shampooing, styling, and dressing methods and study the theory around them. You will also perform your first haircut, discover how to properly handle scissors, and use razors and clippers. You’ll then begin to start layering and graduation.

Month Three

You will proceed to grow your self-confidence by cutting hair. You will begin to learn how to cut facial hair, beginning with beard shaping, in addition to learning technical cutting techniques to produce lines and detailing. At this stage, you will also begin working on real clients.

Month Four

You will proceed to improve your cutting skills by incorporating all techniques you have learnt thus far. All your abilities will be combined, as you work to develop each skill and work through theory components to build understanding and confidence.

Month Five and Six

During your final 2 months, you will obtain the assessments you require to finish your NVQ qualification. These evaluations will be conducted on clients in our state-of-the-art academy facilities.

After month 6, you would have completed all phases of your level 2 learning experience for you to now advance to your NVQ Diploma L3 Barbering course, where you will improve your creative abilities and improve your confidence to thrive in the industry.


This course is available for Government funding if you are currently unemployed and wanting to re-join the workforce. The Adult Education Budget as administered by the Education & Skills Funding Agency seeks to employ adults and give them the skills and knowledge, they need to prepare them for work. In some cases, you may qualify for assistance towards your expenses or depending on the situation, the course price may be completely financed, especially if you are aged 19 – 23, or unemployed, or looking to retrain to return to work.

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