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NVQ Level 2 Diploma

Barbering Apprenticeship

The NVQ Level 2 Qualification can be taken as part of a Barbering Apprenticeship, providing the apprentice is working a minimum of 30 hours each week in a Barbershop.

Our Hairdresser and Barber Academies in London and Ipswich offer a flexible curriculum for government-funded students, including hands-on creative workshops and demonstrations in our modern, air-conditioned environment.  They will spend either one full week at the Academy for each month of their course or 1 day each week. Whether an apprentice is new to the hairdressing world or a qualified hairdresser or barber working towards NVQ Level 3, Alan d Hairdressing Education offers all levels of training.

We have a strong reputation for work-based-learning and have been delivering Government-funded apprenticeship training for more than 25 years. Every week a Level 2 barbering apprentice attends the Academy, their progress is reviewed by one of our team who are happy to help with any problems that may affect learning.

Our barbering Apprentices start cutting hair on their second day of training. The first week of the induction class is run jointly to ensure Apprentice Barbers receive the same basic cutting skills as Ladies Hairdressers before moving onto specific Barbering techniques.

During the first week (5 days) of the Induction class, Apprentice Barbers will learn the 5 longer Alan d Foundation Haircuts on dummy-heads. Over the remainder of the course, apprentices cut men’s hair on live models and dummy-heads using the scissor-over-comb method, clippers, trimmers, beard and moustache trimming and wet-shaving. Client care, shampooing and Barbershop etiquette all form part of this module.

During their time at the Academy, apprentices work on live models, dummy heads and take online tests towards the completion of their NVQ. In many cases, Barbering apprentices complete their course in less than the prescribed 15 months.

Apprentices are assessed to confirm their progress at each stage of the course. It is our policy to fast-track those that perform particularly well and whom we consider to be ready for their End-Point-Assessment (EPA).

The Level 2 Diploma for Barber Professionals includes VTCT online testing to complete the qualification. Alan d & VTCT certification is awarded on completion of the course. Alan d & Central have a well-rehearsed Safeguarding Policy and is an Equal Opportunities organisation.

Beginners Barbering Course Dates:


September 13 / October 18 / November 22 / December 6


January 10 / February 14 / March 21 / April 25
May 30 / July 4 / August 8 / September 12
October 17 / November 21 / December 12

The NVQ Level 2 Qualification can be taken as a barbering Apprentice at either of our Hairdressing Academies.

What about Advanced barbering apprenticeship Courses?

If you’re looking for an advanced barbering apprenticeship qualification, take a look at our Level 3 NVQ Diploma.

Employer Information

Terms & Conditions for Enrolment for Level 2 Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing or Barbering)

Work-Based-Learning training is fully funded for those under 19 by the ESFA.

The employer will receive a grant of £1000 paid in equal amounts after months 5 & 13.

The employer will be liable for the End-Point-Assessment (EPA) cost, presumed to be approximately £250.

Those 19 and over at the start of their training are partly-funded, so a contribution of £25 per month is paid by the employer up to a maximum of £350, payable by S/O.

The only other cost is the VTCT registration fee, currently £150, and the EPA as above.

Salon-owners – are you happy with the training your apprentice barber is getting?

We appreciate that finding the perfect apprentice barber is difficult enough and keeping them focused can be even harder.

Are you getting the training support that both you and your apprentice deserve?

Don’t forget, day release options are now available at all our locations. Alan d and VTCT certification is awarded on completion of the course.

If you’re considering transferring training to either our London, Ipswich or Chigwell Training Centres, get in contact today.


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