Diploma In Barbering

NVQ2 Barber Training Course - £3980


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Fee: £3980 including VAT

*SALE: Train with us in Manchester and get £500 off the full-time course starting on 20 August 2018. (Only 1 space left!)

Full Time: 9 weeks – Monday to Friday 10:30 – 17:00

Part Time: 28 weeks – Monday & Tuesday 18:00 – 21:00

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 clients 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, fading, shampooing, 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.

Highlights include:

  • Perform up to 150 haircuts on real live clients — multiple times more than any other provider.
  • Learn techniques such as scissor-over-comb, clipper work, fading, layering and texturising.
  • Class size of 7 to 9 students, taught by professional barbers.
  • Students of all ages and both genders.

Course structure:

  • Stage 1 – Learn cutting techniques on training headblocks and watch expert demos; deconstruct the steps of haircuts; completion of theoretical coursework and exams.
  • Stage 2 – Transition haircuts from headblocks onto real live clients – focus on techniques such as scissor-over-comb, clipper work, fading, layering and texturising; teacher support with common mistakes and challenges. At this stage you will be assessed on your haircuts to be completed to standards sufficient to earn your NVQ Level 2 qualification.
  • Stage 3 – Become proficient in haircuts, learn tricks of the trade, and personalise haircuts; teacher support with refining cutting techniques; focus on finishing and cutting speed. You will be assessed on the overall quality of your haircuts that must be passed to an LSB standard, based on a range of 10 factors. For the daytime course, at the end of week 9 you will participate in a class competition where you will present your best haircut against peers and be rated. The outcomes of this final stage will determine your final grade for your LSB Diploma in Barbering Level 2 certificate.

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 clients which means that you spend your time focused on developing your skill.

You also will have learning textbooks and videos to supplement your academy training.

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:

  • Cutting techniques – classic and creative
  • Scissor work – to build the structure of a haircut
  • Clipper work – clipper over comb, fading, zero-fades
  • Razor touch ups, beard and moustache trimming
  • Shampooing and conditioning the hair and scalp
  • Consultation skills
  • Health & Safety
  • Style and finishing techniques
  • Access to our Barber Jobs platform where over 1000 barbershops recruit LSB graduates


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


At the end of your level 2 course you have the option to continue your training on our level 3 course, which teaches skills such as advanced scissor work, advanced fading including foil fades, and cutthroat shaving.

Some students prefer to take this advanced course immediately following their level 2 course. If you too wish to do so then you can book the 2 courses together and lock in a £320 discount.

(book L2 & L3 together here)

If you’d like to wait to decide then that is completely fine. Your cutting standards at the end of your level 2 course are more than sufficient to immediately starting working at a shop cutting paying clients.



5% OFF early bird discount: You can receive a 5% discount off your course price if you book a course 3 or more months in advance. Please email info@londonschoolofbarbering.com to request a voucher code to be applied to your online basket at checkout. You will need to provide us with the name of the course, the start date & the location.

Manchester 5% OFF grand opening discount: Get 5% off all 2018 courses in Manchester to celebrate the opening of our great new academy. Apply the code MANCHESTER2018 to your online basket at checkout.



Please use the BOOK NOW button on this page to book your space on the course. We will then send you a welcome email within 1 business day.

If you pay by deposit then we will include an invoice for your remaining payment balance, which is due no later than 3 WEEKS before your first day of training at the academy (4 weeks if paying via international bank transfer), otherwise you risk forfeiting your space on the course. Courses booked just prior to their start will have fees due within 3 business days.


We are closed UK bank holiday Mondays and are open on Good Friday. We are also closed for the week between Christmas and New Years, and this week is added back onto all course end dates to ensure that no training is missed.


October 2017

Excellent – all educators were really brilliant and helped us all reach our potential as best they could.

The St Paul’s branch was also brilliant for making me feel more shop ready and I can’t wait for Masters!


October 2017

Great from day 1.

Great instructors that always help and motivate in their own way.

Loved every minute of my time there.


October 2017

I will always remember my time at LSB.

I have made great friends for life and can’t wait to start my new career in barbering.

Thank you.


September 2017

Loved every minute of it and learnt more than I expected.

All the educators are amazing.

Best 9 weeks of my life! xxx


September 2017

It was awesome,

came to the best academy ever,

lovely staff, helpful educators.

Most importantly I made it from zero to hero.

Thank you LSB.


September 2017

My experience has been amazing,

I’ve enjoyed every minute and can say that I feel fully confident about cutting hair in every aspect.

The teachers have been great, all in their own ways, they’re so good at what they do and really take the time with every student.

I feel gutted I’m leaving but I am very excited to put what I have learnt into the profession.

This course has changed my life and my personal confidence as an individual has boosted to the top.

I can’t be thankful enough to every member of the LSB team,

you are all an inspiration and should be proud of what you do!!

Thank You!


September 2017

I came into the course with no experience,

now I have finished I feel so confident with barbering.

All the educators gave me helpful advice and guided me brilliantly.

Each educator took the time to help me achieve the best I can,

offered me tips and tricks to become comfortable cutting hair.

I have loved every minute and every day.


August 2017

My experience was amazing,

I got what I expected.

I came with little barbering experience

but the course gave me new standards.

I improved a lot in such a short space of time!

Thanks to the amazing teachers;

Filipe, Henry, Franco and Pavlos.

I can’t wait to start level 3.

Thank you.


August 2017


The standard of teaching from all educators is incredible.

Whoever doesn’t believe that you can go from zero to hero in 9 weeks will be proven wrong.

Thank you LSB!


July 2017

Amazing Experience!

Will highly recommend to anyone and everyone.

All staff from manager to educator to apprentice,

show exceptional professionalism and make everyone feel welcome.

I will be back!


July 2017

Great experience, amazing teaching with true attention to detail from the beginning to end.

Would highly recommend it to anyone looking to embark on a career in barbering.

P.s Ollie is a legend.


July 2017

Was great. Special thanks to Bryony, Matthew and James, who made the experience amazing.

Great tutors, great atmosphere.

I’m really happy.


June 2017


I had the most amazing experience,

I had never cut hair in my life but now I can cut and shape everything on my own.

I am a full qualified barber.


June 2017

I really enjoyed this course.

It’s an unforgettable time in my life.

The educators are very nice and professional.

They taught me a lot of skills to do a haircut.

Thank you so much.


May 2017

Brilliant course for my massive career change,

I felt very supported by all the educators.


May 2017

Amazing, learnt so much!

Great staff and great system.


May 2017

Exceeded exceptions. Really pleased with everything.

Can’t wait to start work on Monday!!!

I feel I am barbershop ready.


May 2017

Brilliant! Educators made the whole experience!

Top class to all of them.

Feel very confident with what I have been able to learn/experience.


April 2017

Had a wonderful experience.

Met some lovely people. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. Great support when needed.

Always learnt something new every day!

Will definitely recommend!

Thank you!


April 2017

Life changing!


April 2017

Awesome. Great teachers, delivery and guidance.

Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn the trade of barbering.


April 2017

Really really good! Great bunch of teachers and class mates. Going to miss it.

Feel barber ready too which is great.


April 2017

Excellent experience, learnt so much.

Sad it has gone so fast.

Thank you.


February 2017

I had literally no experience in barbering before i entered this 9 week course. Now due to excellent facilities and very high level of training I feel I can work in the industry with the fundamentals of the trade I learned from this course.

Thank you to everyone at the LSB and I would definitely recommend this to anyone thinking of becoming a barber.




February 2017

Before LSB with my previous experience i thought i had it in the bag but, LSB taught me a whole new way to it all and i can’t thank the whole of LSB family enough for what they have done for me.

Love you all and thank you for everything god bless you all and i hope the best for everyone i met here.


January 2017

Loved it been amazing – and so excited to start my new barbering career!

Big thank you to Pan, Pav and Bryony for amazing teaching, wouldnt of done it without them!


January 2017

For me these 9 weeks were pretty amazing.

the educators were spot on Pav, Michael, Jordan, Panos, B and Amir ( the ones i got the pleasure of working with)


December 2016

Really intense in the start but i am happy i pushed myself to a result, i want to do level 3 Masters in the future as i want to gain more skills.

The course gave me a lot of motivation to the life outside, i am looking forward to working as a barber.

I want to thank Amir a lot for his support and skills.

And thanks to Mike and Justis for founding LSB!


December 2016



Cannot believe how much i have progressed thanks to the LSB team (Amir, Katie, B, Jordan).

Really confident to get into the barbering industry.


Thank you LSB


December 2016

It exceeded my expectations.

The staff were amazing.

I feel ready to enter a shop and keep learning!



From knowing nothing about barbering to finishing the course i have had an amazing experience right from my first day. The educators make it, they are passionate about what they do which really comes across and helps learning the skills easier. I have met some good friends and can’t wait to get a barbering job in Bristol.

Thank . you so much it has been amazing!!


December 2016

My experience at LSB has been fantastic. The teachers were supportive of my individual needs and taught me a variety of techniques, not just the easiest, and some salon tips.

I have been blown away by the pace at which i have learnt a whole new skill with such confidence.

Thanks to Pan, Pav, Amir, Bee and Katy.


December 2016

I have really enjoyed my time at LSB, I feel i have learnt a huge amount in a short space of time and made a few good friends at the same time.

I am now considering coming back for my Level 3 at some point.

Thank you!


November 2016

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.


November 2016

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!


November 2016

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.


October 2016

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!


October 2016

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.


September 2016

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!


September 2016

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.


August 2016

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.


July 2016

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.


July 2016

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.


July 2016

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!


July 2016

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.


June 2016

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.


June 2016

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.


May 2016

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.


May 2016

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.


April 2016

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.


April 2016

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!


March 2016

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.


February 2016

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.

Thanks Guys!


February 2016

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.


January 2016

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.

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Complete beginners wishing to become a shop-ready barber or men’s stylist. There are no entry requirements.

  • London School of Barbering Diploma in Barbering Level 2
  • ITEC Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

You will need a professional standard barbering equipment kit that can be purchased directly from our preferred supplier Coolblades at a 25% discount. This equipment is professional grade and is to be used on the job following your course. All items are hand-selected by the LSB team and are the best tools in the market for cutting men’s hair. Included in the kit are LSB’s proprietary textbook learning resources that supplement your daily training and help develop your knowledge and understanding much more rapidly.

You can purchase the equipment kit online from Coolblades using the link below:

Link>>> Full Professional Barbering Kit

**This kit and items are mandatory and you must purchase from our supplier only to ensure that the required standard is met.

Will I really be job ready after the course?

Yes you will be job ready upon course completion. Our training academies operate as full-fledged barbershops. All clients are real and you will have the support of our Educators to learn all the techniques and styles to deliver top standard haircuts.

We have a strong track record of our graduates going straight into jobs as barbers in barbershops, movie-sets, bands, etc.

Can you help with housing?

Certainly. We partner with several housing providers of private or shared rooms in London residences, each renting at around £100-130 per week. This is a great resource for overseas students. Please email us to request the housing list.

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 clients. 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. In these weeks training will occur on Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

We are open on bank holiday Fridays and training resumes.

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?

Courses are non-cancellable and non-deferrable. All payments made are final and non-refundable.

Is there lots of theory on the course?

We provide top standard learning resources with our step by step videos and visual diagrams. You can review these resources from the comfort of home or on your smartphone.

We also have about 5 hours of learning modules which we will review and discuss at the academy during your training.

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.

What are the license requirements to legally work in London as a barber? Do my hours from the U.S. transfer?

Each state has its own process to recognise hours earned overseas. We’ve had a strong track record of Americans training with us and receiving reciprocity for their hours. The process typically entails the learner completing a form for their state board after training with LSB, and LSB provides a letter of reference confirming their hours and modules covered.


Booking your course with financing instalments (UK residents only)

We are happy to offer the ability to pay for your course in instalments for up to 48-months. Payments consist of a deposit between 10%-50%, followed by equal monthly payments starting 30 days thereafter. The finance APR is 19.9%. Barbering equipment and learning materials can not be included in your finance. Financing can only be applied to courses starting 14 days or more in advance.

To qualify, you or the applicant representing you must meet the following minimum requirements, otherwise you will be automatically declined:

  • a source of income
  • working at least 16 hours per week
  • 18 years or older
  • UK resident or citizen

To apply please select the “apply for finance of the full amount” option when booking your course on our website.

After you pay your finance deposit, the remaining monthly payments will start 30 days thereafter via direct debit. Your space on the course is reserved only after you make the initial deposit payment, after which you will receive our welcome email within 1 business day.

Booking your course with a Career Development Loan (UK residents only)

You can finance your course fees via a career development loan from the Cooperative Bank. You must be 18 years old or more, and also be a UK citizen. Loan applications must be made within 4-8 weeks of your course starting. For further information and to apply please call our office on +44 207 404 0998. Lines are open 9:00am – 5:00pm GMT Monday – Friday.

Our courses are not eligible for government funding, apprenticeship funding, or 24+ advanced learning loan funding.

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