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Barbering Diploma Level 2

Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 2 Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy

If you are interested in a career in barbering, this course will equip you with the latest skills and know how.  This Level 2 Barbering course has been developed in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current but will also set you apart in the workplace.

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your practical skills to a high level of occupational ability to enable you to perform your own barber services and you will be hands-on from the first week. Learning in purpose-built salons, you will be training in a dynamic and commercial environment.

You will benefit from the wide range of knowledge and experience our expert lecturing team has gained from years of working in the industry,
managing or owning their own salons.

This course will put you on the road to a great future; we have developed our qualifications in partnership with industry professionals to ensure the knowledge you gain is not only relevant and current, but will set you apart in the workplace.

As part of your course you will be required to carry out Work Experience and/or an Industry Placement. For more details please click here.


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Ideal if:

You wish to pursue a career in the barbering industry.

You’ll need:

You will need to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grades 4 – 9 in English and mathematics or an equivalent qualification.

At Cornwall College, we recognize that applicants without these qualifications can often offer a high level of competence as well as life experience and we will therefore consider all applications on their merits alongside their qualifications.

If you are 16-19 without the required grades, you will be required to continue to develop Maths, English and Employability skills as a part of your study programme.

If you are unsure as to whether or not you meet the requirements, please call the Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy department and ask to speak to the course manager who will be happy to discuss it with you.

You’ll learn:

This qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills in:

  • cutting men's hair
  • the specialist work of cutting facial hair
  • how to provide effective shampooing and conditioning or styling services
  • how to offer a good consultation service for clients.

As well as the practical knowledge that you will gain from working on the job, our team of industry trained professionals will guide you through the theory offering their advice and demonstrating techniques.

Students on this course will also have the opportunity to work on reception, enhancing their work-based skills in customer service, product promotion and retail sales.

Assessments are carried out during practical lessons along with some online testing.


You will be hands-on from the first week. Learning in purpose-built salons, you will be training in a dynamic and commercial environment.

You’ll love:

The industry focus of this course, working in a fast-paced and creative environment.

You’ll go on to:

Cornwall College offers the complete pathway in Barbering and you could take your qualifications further by progressing on to the barbering diploma level 3 or the hairdressing diploma level 3.  Past students have gone on to managing their own business, travel on cruise liners and to teach.

Progression Courses

I am continually excited about the challenges and opportunities we are faced with, which help us train people to be prepared for careers in such a creative and fluid industry.” Traci French - Team Lead Barbering & Hairdressing


The Cornwall College Group
Hairdressing & Beauty Therapy


Barbering Diploma

Start Date

September 2020




1 year

Barbering Diploma

Start Date

September 2020


St Austell


1 year


Dan Blackwell Barber Clique

After 11 years working in industry, Dan decided on a career change and joined the Barbering Diploma Level 2. During his studies the head barber of Clique came into the College to do a demonstration, he saw the way Dan cut hair and told him to speak to the owners about getting a job. Dan did just that and is now one of their in-house barbers.

"I love cutting hair, meeting new people and hearing their stories. It doesn’t feel like work it feels like I just hang out and cut hair. My most memorable moment at college was the first practical. I was so nervous but the tutors supported me throughout.”

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.