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VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering


2023 dates will be released in June

  • Free VTCT level 2 barbering Diploma
  • No experience necessary
  • Master the practical skills of barbering 

You will learn the creative art of cutting and styling men’s hair, along with the specialist work of colouring, perming & cutting facial hair. 

At our school, you’ll train in a salon environment on clients with the support and guidance of our experienced tutors. This extensive course offers a winning formula to excel your career as a competent barber.

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Our course is specifically designed to develop practical skills to a high level that will enable you to become a professional barber. No previous experience required.

You’ll train in a salon environment on clients with the support and guidance of our experienced tutors. This prepares you with confidence to work in the industry. 

Throughout the course you’ll master the creative art of cutting, styling men’s hair, along with the specialist work of colouring, perming & cutting facial hair. You’ll develop a range of skills, techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for successful performance as a barber.

To further enhance your practical skills and prepare you as an accomplished barber, you’ll learn the theory related to carrying out barbering services. 

On completing the course you’ll achieve, VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Barbering. This is a recognised, modern day qualification. It will allow you to gain professional insurance equipping you for a career either as an employed or self-employed barber.

The barbering and men’s grooming industry is growing with men spending more than ever on their appearances, including the use of hair and beauty products. Barbering is up there in terms of regular and repeat customers, with men visiting their barbers every few weeks, some even sooner! There are many women entering the world of barbering which is bringing new depths to the industry.

The course is absolutely perfect for beginners and no previous experience is needed, we’ll teach you all you need to know! 

This course is fully funded, if you meet the criteria (please see the course fees section), which means that the course is free. Please apply using the booking form.

Due to the high number of applicants our enrolment process is on a first come, first served basis if all criteria are met within the timeframe allocated.

Please note, models are required throughout the course. We have a Facebook group and helpful tips to support you in finding models. 

If you’re looking for a hairdressing course, take a look at our Level 2 Hairdressing Diploma

Read our blog on past barber student Jo, who took to the clippers at 40…

  • Cutting techniques
  • Cutting facial hair
  • Styling men’s hair
  • Scissor work
  • Clipper work
  • Skin fades
  • Blending
  • Scissor over comb
  • Clipper over comb
  • Colour theory & practice
  • Depth/tone
  • Permanant & semi permanant
  • Bleach
  • Foil techniques
  • Man Perm
  • Diverse hair types – including type 3 & 4
  • Shampooing & conditioning
  • Cutting theory & terminology
  • Client consultation & individual style
  • Health & safety
  • Hair structure theory
  • Marketing and branding
  • Self-employed
  • Barbershop
  • Salon
  • Television, film, theatre and media
  • Cruise liners
  • Armed services
  • HM prison service

On successfully completing this course, you are eligible to become a graduate State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.

The British Barbering Association (BBA) is a professional body that recognises this qualification.

Are you feeling nervous about making a change? Check out Jo – she changed careers at 40 and hasn’t looked back!

2023 dates will be released in June. 

Models:  You will be responsible for providing models, at least 30 models will be required throughout the course.

Assessment: Pre-course projects, course homework, ongoing practical assessments in class and theory exams. Access to a computer is required to complete the course.

Full funding is available for those:

  • Over the age of 19 on August 31st 2023
  • Resident of Norfolk
  • Resident of the U.K. for a period of 3 years or more (Ukraine citizens do NOT have to wait 3 years)
  • Not currently in any other government-funded training
  • Earn under £18K OR unemployed and in receipt of Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance.

Part funding is available if you meet the above criteria but earn over £18K per annum. As a co-funded learner,£1029.20 is payable by yourself. This can be paid in interest-free instalments.

Course kit 

Please note, you must purchase a professional standard kit to use on the course and at home. Kits are available at a discounted price from one of our suppliers for approximately £500. You will also require student insurance and our uniform which equates to approximately £80.  You could claim this back within 3 months after the start date

The course includes exclusive access to our online student area, exam fees, course theory work, specific videos and unlimited support inside and outside of the classroom.



*Providing you meet the funding criteria & complete the application process, then you’ll be offered a place. Places are limited and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

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I have been going to the school as a model for hair, make up and other beauty treatments for about over a year now and the whole place is run so professionally. It is an absolute pleasure to help the students to gain confidence in themselves and in the new knowledge and skills they are gaining from the amazing tutors there. If you are thinking of being a model for the school or a new student I cannot recommend the place enough or big up the great things that go on there. The school is so inclusive of anyone no matter age, sex or background, its so welcoming to everyone. Thank you for all the wonderful experiences I have shared with your students and I look forward to many more. Penny
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Pen Xxxx
11:09 17 May 19
I have Completed my level 2 makeup artistry, and I’m now close to finishing my level 3 photographic makeup course at the Norwich school of beauty. The tutors are absolutely lovely and always give the best feedback. The school trains you to such a high standard and gets you ready for the next step in your career, I definitely recommend this school!!!
Hollie Watts
Hollie Watts
14:41 15 May 19
Great place! I went in with not very much confidence at all and I’m now I’m coming out with so much more! The groups are small what is lovely for me as I don’t like very busy places, everyone I have met at the school is lovely and very welcoming. I’m nearly at the end of my level 2 makeup course which is a fantastic little class, I’ve learnt all the ins and outs about makeup and the skin, I’ve also learnt some great techniques for applying makeup! I hope to return to the school for some more courses in the future. Would recommend to anyone????.
Tegan Basey-fisher
Tegan Basey-fisher
09:04 15 May 19
I am in the middle of doing my level 2 makeup course and I'm enjoying every second of it. The tutors are amazing as are the techniques they teach. Iv learnt so much already and I'm only half way through! The classes are small which allows the tutors to be there to help you with anything you need, they are all so kind and friendly and making you feel like you are part of a team. This for me is so much more than a makeup course, I took this course after deciding to change my career at 37years old. I went in feeling slightly nervous and lacked a lot of confidence, now halfway through those nerves have vanished and my confidence is at its best. Anyone looking to further their skills or even start a new career, this is, personally speaking the nicest and creative place to be.
Lisa Marie
Lisa Marie
21:47 02 May 19
The Norwich School of Hair & Beauty is an asset to the city and the beauty industry. I have studied at the school and been in makeup and beauty for some time. The courses offer so much information, tutor support, practical skills and fun. If you are at all interested or thought about doing any course for some time go to an open day or give them a call. The team built up my confidence and skills in the makeup industry. I could not recommend highly enough. Thank you ladies x
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