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Suitability: Complete beginners wishing to become a shop-ready barber or men’s stylist. There are no entry requirements.
Content: Clipper work, fading, scissor work, razor touch ups, facial hair, styling, demos, hands-on cutting, up to 150 models provided.
Goals: Get trained to a standard in which you can work immediately in a shop upon graduation, plus earn an NVQ diploma in barbering.
Location: Covent Garden (full-time) and St. Pauls-Farringdon (full-time & part-time).
Duration: 9 weeks full-time, or 28 weeks part-time
This is the most thorough and popular barbering course available in the market. You will not only earn an NVQ diploma in barbering, but you will also be trained to a standard well above this that readies you to work immediately in a shop upon graduation. This course is 99% practical training which means you won’t be spending all your time in books studying theory.
We use a results-driven training approach that is entirely hands-on. You will complete up to 150 real haircuts on models supplied by the academy, with our pro educators by your side at all times to supervise, build confidence, progress your skill level and deliver exceptional results. You will learn the foundations of barbering including cutting mens hair with clippers and scissors, shampooing, head patterns, beard trimming and delivering a thorough consultation. You will execute advanced hair styles like zero-fades and razor touch-ups. You finish the course cutting hair at a premium standard sufficient to work immediately cutting men’s hair in a shop.
This course also provides you access to our online training HUB where you will have access to videos, diagram and all curriculum materials.
Overseas Students: We accept overseas students visiting on tourist visas and can provide housing options. If you are from a country that is part of the European Union then you likely will be able to travel to the UK without obtaining a separate visa. If you are from outside of the EU then you will need to apply for a tourist travel visa form the UK government, which you can do here: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa
We sell out quickly because no other trainer uses our proven approach – our training is the best. Book your place now.
We are closed UK bank holidays.
9 Week Course Duration, Monday to Friday, 10:30-17:15
28 Weeks, Monday & Tuesday nights, 18:00-21:00
By the end of the course you will be confident and experienced after completing up to 150 real live haircuts (depending on student speed), under the support of exceptional barber trainers. We provide students all models which means that you spend your time focused on developing your skill.
Get more than just an NVQ. This course helps you master the skills needed to work in a barber shop or men’s salon. You will earn more than just an NVQ Level 2 in Barbering. You will also learn NVQ level 3 skills on our course that are essential to being a barber, such as advanced haircutting techniques like zero-fades and disconnected cuts. The Level 2 NVQ Diploma is an internationally recognised qualification which helps you find work not just in the UK but also abroad. NVQ barbering courses cannot be failed, as long as you put in the time and effort in, you will achieve it.
We provide support to help you find a job. We are here to help you not only learn the skills but to succeed in employment. This involves helping you build a photo portfolio of your cuts. We also give you access to our network of barbershops who recruit from our graduates. After the course, our students go on to getting jobs at barbershops, and some even have since opened their own shops and are doing well.
Our Complete Barbering course includes the following content:
How much does equipment cost?
Students can purchase the entire required kit of barber-grade equipment from our school for £300 (versus a £450 retail price). This includes scissors, tapering and detailer clippers, combs, 2 training heads, a blowdryer, a cutthroat kit, and other items. Alternatively, students are welcome to supply their own equipment. On course booking you will be provided a full kit list to review.
Will I really be job ready after the course?
Yes you will be job ready upon course completion. Our course is about the same number of hours as a training college, but with LSB you have more trainers on hand for support, the trainers are real barbers, you complete up to 150 haircuts, and you don’t have to provide any models yourself. We have a strong track record of our graduates going straight into jobs as barbers in barbershops, movie-sets, bands, etc.
How much experience is required for the course?
This course is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience. We will teach you our cutting techniques from scratch and you will practice these on real models under the supervision of our professional barber trainers. If an individual has some prior experience then we can fast-track them onto real haircuts.
Can you help with housing?
Certainly. We partner with a housing provider who manages several private or shared rooms in London residences, each renting at £110 per week, and within a 35-minute direct commute to the Academy. Her name is Pat and she can be contacted directly on +44 (0) 7951 789836. This is a great resource for overseas students.
Can I get an NVQ diploma in barbering even though I'm a foreigner?
Yes you can. The NVQ Diploma can be awarded to people of all nationalities. The qualification is a competency-based award in the UK, and many non-UK countries recognise it.
How many haircuts will I do on the course?
You can expect to complete up to 150 haircuts during this course. We provide you all these models. The key to becoming a good barber is practice, so we maximise the number of haircuts that you do.
Can I leave my equipment at the Academy overnight?
All full-time daytime students are provided a locker to store their belongings in overnight. The locker is large enough to fit all barbering equipment, a backpack, and a coat. We ask part-time evening students to carry their equipment home with them.
Are you closed bank holidays?
We are closed on bank holiday Mondays — Training for part-time evening course will be moved from the Monday night to the Wednesday night of the bank holiday week.
We are open on bank holiday Fridays.
We also are closed for the week between Christmas and New Years. For 9-week & 28-week courses running over this week, we add an extra week to the end of your course to compensate for the missed week.
Can I defer my course start date?
After booking, you may change or defer your start date as long as you provide us notice no later than 14 days before the course start date.
Is there lots of theory on the course?
There is about 15 hours of theory-based training and study to be done at-home. The rest of the training at the Academy is 100% practical, during which you will absorb the theory in a hands-on manner. The best way to learn the theory is to apply it while doing a haircut and interacting with the client.
I am a foreigner. Can I train with you?
Yes we accept students from across the globe, as far as South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and North America. If you want to become a barber then we are happy to train you. The only requirement is that you speak enough english to understand our teachers.
Had a sick time on the course, the level of experience and knowledge of the tutors was amazing. All of them were helpful and engaging.
Over the course of 9 weeks I feel like I have changed completely on an outlook of being a barber. This course is very good and the lectures are brilliant. Although it may come across hard, they all want you to strive and do the best you can. It does sink in!
Fantastic, all the educators are great – especially Pan as he made every day enjoyable and I learnt and progressed so much with him. The equipment and facilities are amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better place. Thank you.
I started this course with very little experience in cutting hair and hoped to be trained to a high enough standard to work in a shop. I am now confident that I could do this and that my haircuts are all completed to a very high standard. Thanks so much guys!
The course was great fun. Met new people from all over the world, couldn’t believe how much you can learn in 9 weeks. I would recommend this course to anyone who is interested in doing barbering. Enjoyed every single day of it.
I loved this course, I would do it all over gain. You can walk in not knowing how to hold scissors and by the end and by the end you can completely cut hair. It is a proven course, it works and I loved it. The trainers are top notch! I am going to miss my LSB Family!
Overall the course has been inspiring its been fantastic to learn brand new skills for starting a new career. The trainers have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share and constantly on hand to support.
Enjoyed this course very much, was an absolute pleasure to work alongside some lovely people, and talented and knowledgable educators. I have never picked up scissors or clippers when I started the course, but was guided through each stage, until my cuts were of a good standard. Very patient and supportive staff, lovely environment to learn in.
I really enjoyed my time at LSB I have massively improved my barbering skills. When I first came here I didn’t know if barbering was for me. However 9weeks later I am now very sure that I made the right decision. I would strongly recommend London School of Barbering to anyone who is thinking about taking a career in barbering.
I would like to thank all educators for their patience and all their help, it has helped me become the barber I am now. I am really looking forward to when I come back to do my level 3.
My experience at LSB has been great, I have learnt so much in the past 9 weeks. To think that I’ve never cut hair before this, to becoming shop ready is amazing. Would recommend to anyone and will never forget my first chapter in barbering with LSB! Thanks for everything.
Very enjoyable. All the educators had their own style of teaching which complemented each stage of the course they were teaching. The whole environment is really positive and a pleasure to be in daily. It’s really amazing how much you learn in just 9 weeks and that really is a credit to the educators for constantly pushing students and I really feel they pushed me to achieve my best work! Loved every minute!
Amazing! I’m from Italy and I arrived in London just for this academy, you can feel the passion for teaching and barbering. I love LSB! Thank you very much, thanks Pav, Pan, Ruby, Mike and Billy.
Coming from knowing nothing to being able to produce good quality cut in 9week is just an amazing experience. All the teachers and ambience in the shop support you to be better day by day. No matter where you came from, its like one big family.
Having never done barbering before, I was starting from scratch. The educators at Covent Garden were helpful and supportive and I wish i’d done it years ago. I really enjoyed the course and excited to be heading out to start a new chapter and career.
Coming to LSB from America, was hands down the best decision I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a career in barbering for years and when I started here, the passion ignited and has never stopped growing. Everything about the course was everything I ever wanted and more.
One of the best things I have done in a long time. I feel confident in my ability to get a job and I will honestly miss coming in everyday. I have made some great friends and have thoroughly enjoyed working with Pan, Pav and Ruby.
I really enjoyed the course. I thought the way everything was taught in steps was really helpful and allows me to apply what I have learnt to any haircut. I found all the educators skilled and knowledgable and happy to share their experience and knowledge.
Throughly enjoyable, educational and inspiring to know that I have been given all the tools to commence a new journey. It was exciting, challenging and daunting but had all the ingredients needed to push me forward. Great experience!
I arrived not expecting much, but when the trainers welcomed you with open arms I really enjoyed it. It’s miraculous how much you can learn in nine weeks. To be a complete novice at arrival and then out job ready is something you have to experience to understand.
The course has been a really enjoyable roller-coaster. I’ve loved every minute of it although my nerves have taken a beating. I really appreciate all of the trainers patience and input. You’ve all made this 9 weeks exciting and enjoyable and I can’t wait to start a career in the industry. I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone that is interested.
I had no experience prior to taking the course and haven’t taken anything as intense. The course is extremely well structured so that each day you build on an ever growing knowledge base, the fact that its split into groupings of three weeks blocks means its easy to track personal progress and learn from different teachers with different skill sets. The main asset of the course is the teachers, my personal experience with each one was outstanding, they managed the pacing of different students, varying confident levels and stages of learning. They all seemed to know exactly when you need a push or a kind word. I came a trade/craft and was lucky enough to be a tight by artists.
My course experience was fantastic! I felt very welcomed and LSB became like my second home. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my LSB tutors and would love to come back for another course. My tutors changed my life for the better and will always remember how great the school is, also I would recommend to anyone who wants to take up barbering. LSB is always very air conditioned to a good room temperature, which helps so you’re not always hot.
Please use the red BOOK NOW button on this page to book your course online. You will then pay a non-refundable deposit to reserve your space. Thereafter you will be invoiced to pay your remaining balance of £3,380 no later than TWO WEEKS before your first day of training at the academy, otherwise you risk forfeiting your space on the course. Courses booked just prior to their start will have fees due within 1 to 3 business days.
After booking you will receive a welcome email within 1 business day, in which we will include course materials and housing options. You also need a professional barbering kit for your course which we can supply at a trade price of £300, but you are also welcome to source it yourself at the retail price of £450.
Early Bird Special: Book your course 4 months or more in advance and receive £100 discount. This early bird special is not valid with the instalment option.
We are happy to offer payments by instalment to help spread your investment over a 24-month period. To qualify, you or the applicant representing you must have a source of income otherwise you will be automatically declined.
Payments consist of a deposit of either 10% or 50%, followed by 24 equal monthly payments starting within 30 days. The interest rate (APR) on the financing is 14.9%, which equates to £48.44 per month for every £1000 borrowed. You also can include the barbering equipment kit in the financing if you wish.
To apply, email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org
After sending this information, you will be emailed an application within 1 business day. If you are approved then your deposit will be taken immediately and the remaining monthly payments will start 30 days thereafter.
Financing can only be applied to courses starting 14 days or more in advance.
Our Level 2 course is eligible for career development loan funding through the Cooperative Bank. You must be 18 years old or more to apply, and also be a UK citizen. When applying you must provide our PCDL registration number: 21172. Kindly see their website for an application: http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/loans/career-development-loan
Our courses are not eligible for government funding, apprenticeship funding, or 24+ advanced learning loan funding.
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