International Students

 

The UK’s Leading barbering School welcomes students from all around the world to come and train with us.

 

Our academies operate as full-fledged barbershops. You will train on real clients to learn at our professional service standard. No other trainer can offer this. LSB has the strongest track record of graduates being regularly recruited by top barbershops and unisex salons.

Applying For A Visa

As a world leader in barbering education we take pride in welcoming students form all over the world to come and train with us.
Students from within the EU do not need a visa to visit the UK.

Overseas students from outside the EU will need a holiday visa or a short-term study visa, and can apply through the UK government portal: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

Acceptance Letter
We can also provide supporting letters for visa applications if required. In order to create an acceptance/supporting letter for you we require the below information:

• Your full name
• Date of birth
• Name of the course you would like to take
• Desired course start date

The letter will outline the course start and end date, training hours, location, fees, the topics that will be taught on the course as well as the qualifications/certificates the you will receive upon completion of the course.
Securing a space on the course

Due to high demand our courses tend to sell out quickly. You can choose to pay the course deposit of 10% the course fee to secure a space on your course before applying for your visa. Please note, in the event your visa application is declined all payments made towards your course are non-refundable and non-deferrable.

What to do when your visa is approved
If your visa application is approved you must notify us as soon as possible. You will also have to complete the remaining course fees by the due date on your invoice; no later than 3 weeks before your course start date (4 weeks before your course start date if doing an international bank transfer).

What to do if your visa is declined
If your visa application is declined you must notify us as soon as possible. If you are unsure why your visa application was refused you can request an administrative review, which will outline the specific reasons for the refusal. Please follow this link for further information: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-administrative-review-of-visa-decision You will have up to 28 days after you receive your decision to request a review.
In some cases you may be able to reapply without a waiting period and in other cases you may need to wait up to 6 months before reapply for your visa depending on the reasons of your refusal.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Which courses can I take that will give me a higher chance of my visa being approved?
There can be many reasons why your visa may be refused. If you apply for a short-term study visa you have a higher chance of your visa being accepted if you apply to take either one of the following courses:
Diploma in Barbering NVQ2 Full Time (9 week) Course
Masters in Barbering NVQ2 & 3 Full Time (12 week) Course
Diploma in Barbering NVQ2 Experienced (2 week) Course
Masters in Barbering NVQ3 Full or Part Time (3 or 15 week) Course
Clipper Fading & Fundamentals (1 week) Course
Wet Shaving (2 day) Course
Please note: If you would like to take our Diploma in Barbering NVQ2 Beginner Part Time (28 week) course or our Masters in Barbering NVQ2 & 3 Part Time (43 week) course, due to the duration of these courses it is likely your visa may be refused.

Tier 4-sponsor licence
We are not registered under the list of institutions within Tier 4 sponsorship, however we still accept students from overseas.
Most of our students apply for a short-term study visa. Some students apply for a standard visitors visa and do not claim that they plan on doing a course. If you initially apply for a short-term study visa and are refused then apply for a standard visitors visa your second visa is highly likely to be declined as well due to showing inconsistencies in your intentions.

Do we offer sponsorships?
Unfortunately we do not offer sponsorships.

Do we accept students that cannot speak English?
It is highly important that our students have a good understanding of the English language both written and verbal. If the student is unable to communicate in English they have the option of bringing an interpreter with them. The interpreter is the student’s responsibility to source and they must attend every lesson with them. The interpreter may need to also apply for a Visa.

Course Equipment

How to purchase equipment
You can purchase all your items online from our suppliers website and have them shipped to the address you are staying at in London before your course starts. You will need to ensure your equipment is ordered at least 4 weeks before your course starts, if you have them shipped to your home address but 1 week if shipping to your accommodation in London. *Please note shipping costs will be added and vary based on location. Overseas shipping costs are higher.
Equipment cannot be purchased at the academy. We do not allow equipment to be posted to the academy.

What Equipment Do You Need
Please check below the equipment that is required for your course. The links will direct you to our online supplier.
Failure to attend your course without the correct equipment & all the items required on your course will negatively affect your qualification.

Diploma in Barbering NVQ Level 2 Beginner (9wk FT or 28wk PT) Course :

Link: Full Professional Barbering Kit

Masters in Barbering NVQ Level 2 & 3 Beginner (12wk FT or 43wk PT) Course:

Link: Full Professional Barbering Kit

For the level 3 portion of the course, you also must have an additional female manikin head (100% human hair), a foil shaver and a 16mm styling brush. You can purchase these items as follows:

Link: Manikin head, medium standard

Link: Wahl Finale Foils

Link: 16mm Ceramic Styling Brush

Diploma in Barbering NVQ Level 2 Experienced (2wk FT) Course:

Please bring your barbering equipment including: Wahl tapering clippers including guards, trimming clippers, scissors, combs, neck brush, hair dryer and water spray. We require that you use Wahl tapering clippers on this course.

You must purchase 1 male manikin head (100% human hair) and clipper guards if you do not have them for your training course. You can purchase this item online at Coolblades using the links below.

Link: Male manikin head

Link: Clipper Guards — You need three guards: #0.5 (Lime), 1.5 (Plum), #5 (Yellow).

Masters in Barbering NVQ Level 3 Advanced (3wk FT or 15wk PT) Course:

Please bring your barbering equipment including: Wahl tapering clippers including guards, trimming clippers, scissors, combs, neck brush, hair dryer and water spray. We require that you use Wahl tapering clippers on this course.

You must have 1 female manikin head (100% human hair), clipper guards, a foil shaver and a 16mm styling brush for your training course. You can purchase these items online at Coolblades using the links below.

Link: Manikin head, medium standard

Link: Wahl Finale Foils

Link: 16mm Ceramic Styling Brush

Link: Clipper Guards

Clipper Fading & Fundamentals (1 week) Course:

Please bring your barbering equipment including: Wahl tapering clippers including guards, trimming clippers, scissors, combs, neck brush, hair dryer and water spray. We require that you use Wahl tapering clippers on this course.

You must yourself purchase 1 male manikin head (100% human hair) and clipper guards for this course. You can do so online at Coolblades using the links below.

Link: Male manikin head

Link: Clipper Guards

You need to have —#0.5 (Lime), 1.5 (Plum), #5 (Yellow)

2-Day Wet Shaving Course:

We are proud to have our shave course sponsored by The Bluebeards Revenge, one of the leading specialists in wet shaving for men. Over the 2-day course you will use all of Bluebeards’ top-notch shaving products and perform wet shaves under the guidance of the dedicated barber trainers of the London School of Barbering. You also will be provided a Bluebeards shave kit to be used on the course, which has a retail value of £50.

Accommodation & Living Costs

ACCOMMODATION 

(For accommodation in London)

For long-stay affordable accommodation we recommend contacting one of our acquaintances:

– Pat rents out shared and private rooms (double and single) from £110 per week in Woodford (Central Line of Underground) within a 30-minute commute from both academies. You can contact her mobile phone on +44 (0) 795 178 9836.

– Mitch and Daniel (www.mitchanddaniel.co.uk), are a property company based in London providing hundreds of rooms in the East End, the exact area of London where both academies are located. Prices start at £130 per week. You can contact them via email at [email protected] or via phone on +44 20 39 04 6406

– Monica Saunders provides a spacious Studio Apartment in Woodford Green, with a 50 minute commute to either academy. Single room rent weekly at £250 or room share at £300 between 2 people. The room has its own side access, a kitchenette, cereal provided for breakfast, weekly washing service, and a weekly cleaning service. Contact: 07958404160 [email protected]

– Ros provides a double room in a newly renovated first floor flat in Brockley (Zone 2) 20-30 minute travel to central London, £175 per week, discounts for LSB students (e.g. weekday only rates, discounts for more than 1 week etc) includes bedding, towels, WiFi, hot water/ heating, use of laundry facilities etc. Photos available: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/15076503. Please SMS or WhatsApp for more info  +44 (0)7970 779791.

– Spotahome (www.spotahome.com/london) is the largest and fastest growing on-line platform for mid to long term accommodation in Europe, with 20 cities and over 40,000 verified properties. They specialise in helping students find safe housing before moving abroad. Students are eligible for a 20% discount off their booking.

Simplystay (www.http://simplystay.club/) has over 900+ rooms in zones 1,2,3. They can help find the best accommodation whatever your budget, within London and surrounding areas. The minimum stay in rooms goes from 1 month.

For short stay accommodation we recommend nearby hotels and airbnb.co.uk

For accommodation in Manchester we recommend airbnb.co.ukBooking.com or https://www.trivago.co.uk/

LONDON LIVING COSTS

Breakdown of cost of living in London:
• Course fee including equipment and books: 4385 GBP – This based on the 9-week course at £3980 and equipment kit at £405.
• Estimate accommodation cost: 1035 GBP (based on 9 weeks staying at one of our acquaintances, her name is Pat. She offers and bed and breakfast service, with occasional dinner cooked for you at a small charge)
• Travel from Pat’s accommodation: weekly 50 GBP cost or monthly: 189 GBP cost (monthly is highly recommended) This is for a travel card that covers all zones 1-4 required to travel between Pat’s and the academy.
• Food: 15-20 GBP per day, approximately 100 GBP per week.
TOTAL – £6887

Is My Qualification Recognised Outside Of The UK ?

ITEC/VTCT currently operates in 39 countries worldwide and the ITEC qualifications are well known and recognised by employers around the world for the high standards and employability.

ITEC/VTCT strongly recommends that you contact the Embassy or High Commission of your intended destination country, as they will be able to advise you about the transferability of qualifications and any other evidence, which may be needed to work and to gain insurance.

You can find out which is the European equivalent to a UK qualification using the European Commission website: https://ec.europa.eu/ploteus/en/compare 

ITEC/VTCT offers a comprehensive suite of qualifications on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). They are recognised internationally through the Lisbon Treaty and are aligned to the EQF.

ITEC/VTCT supports the Europass service. This is a service shared across Europe and is made up of five documents designed to help learners highlight their qualifications in an effective way to prospective employers and higher/further education providers across Europe.
It is free and enables people to present their competences, skills and abilities in a clear, understandable way, removing the barriers sometimes faced when applying for jobs or continuing education abroad. VTCT is among the first UK awarding organisations to launch the Europass Certificate Supplement.

Other useful resources include the UK National Reference Point for Vocational Qualifications and https://europa.eu/youreurope/citizens/work/professional-qualifications/index_en.htm

For Australia:http://migration.com/page/Offshore_qualifications_vs_Aus_stan

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