The Level 2 Technical Certificate in Barbering (360) is aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in the barbering industry.  Learners could progress into employment, onto an Apprenticeship, or further their studies by taking other qualifications at Level 3.

Compulsory topics include:

• Principles of practice of hairdressing
• Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
• 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 detailing in hair

  • Practical assessment
  • On-line exam
  • Independent learning
  • Client documentation
  • Assignment writing
  • Paper based exams
  • Oral questioning
  • Portfolio evidence
  • Extended barbering industry work experience

While studying your Barbering qualification, you will be required to do extended hours of voluntary or paid work in a professional and established Barbershop. 

  • Level 3 Advanced Barbering Technical Diploma 
  • Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeships
  • Full time employment.
Level 2 – 4 x GCSE grade D or level 3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
  • Your prior academic GCSE achievement will be assessed to determine the correct entry point and suitable programme placement
  • Level 2 Barbering placement
  • Good attendance and punctuality. 
Level 2 Hairdressing and Retail
You can apply on-line through the Oldham College web-site or call into Odlham for advice and guidance


  • Barber
  • Hairdresser
  • Male grooming technician
  • Facial hair specialist
  • Retail
  • Trichologist
National Careers Advice

Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development