Are you interested in becoming a barber? If you feel you have the natural creativity to shine in this area, this study programme provides the ultimate introduction to the industry.

This Technical Certificate in Barbering qualification is a great way to experience what a career in the industry could mean for you, allowing you to gain valuable experience and meet lots of people as you work towards a nationally-recognised qualification.

The programme is divided into modules of study that cover all aspects of barbering, including:
– Health and safety
– Client care and communication
– Client consultation
– Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
– Cutting men’s hair
– Cutting facial hair
– Styling men’s hair
– Competition work
– Work experience in a barber shop

Throughout the qualification, you will also work on the development of your Employability Skills as well as your Maths and English.

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Sep 2024 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : FTB219 (2024)
Level : Level 2
Duration : 1 Year
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Throughout the qualification, a range of theory and practical assessments will support your learning and test your knowledge and skills development.

Ongoing skills development will be tested by an end-of-course practical synoptic exam and a written paper, as well as working on clients to gain competency and confidence within this speciality field.

Entry Requirements

All entrants must hold four GCSEs at grade 3 or equivalent (or above), preferably including GCSE Maths and English. If you do not have a GCSE grade 4 in Maths and/or English you will continue studying these subjects alongside your chosen course(s). At the end of the year, you are expected to have completed and achieved all the components of your Level 2 Study Programme and improved your Maths and English skills before progressing to your next level course


Following successful completion of the course, you can progress on to our T Level in hairdressing, barbering and beauty, or an apprenticeship.

Facilities and resources

You will be taught by industry professional staff within our brand new modern barber shop within our Lifestyle Centre. Our Lifestyle Centre is also home to our state-of-the-art nail bar, hair salon, beauty salon, tanning room, spa room (including sauna, steam room and hot tub), make-up room and training salons.


Q: Will I have to wear a uniform?

A: On your first day, you will come in your own clothes, you will then be expected to wear all-black clothing. Once you have your uniform, you will be expected to wear this at all times except in GCSE or Functional Skills lessons.

Study Programme

Every full-time student at Petroc will have their own Study Programme which will include:

– Your academic or vocational qualification.

– Maths and English Language development – if you have not achieved GCSE grade 4 in either of these subjects.

– Work Experience – hours will vary depending on your qualification and course level.

– Tutor Support – to support your personal, academic and professional development.

– Sustainability – helping you to identify how you can improve the sustainability of your future employment sectors.

– Personal Development Awards – developing six key areas of personal and employability behaviours to prepare you for the working world.

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


We’ll provide you with the experiences you need to be ready for employment or the next step on your educational journey.

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