Barbering SVQ2 SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

This exciting practical course provides you with the training needed to pursue a career in barbering.

The course is delivered in the evening (two evenings a week in the first year and one evening in the second year), or full time over one year during the day. You will study a combination of theory and practical units to complete the SVQ 2 Barbering certificate. 

Entry requirements

Your personal statement should reflect your passion for the industry.  Applicants should be effective communicators, good personal presentation, physical stamina and a high level of manual dexterity.

Ideally applicants may have experience, knowledge and interest in barbering or hold 3 passes at General grade National 4 including English or ESOL 4. 

If you are a mature student without the above your application will be considered on life skills.

  • Cut hair using basic barbering techniques
  • Cut facial hair to shape using basic techniques
  • Dry and finish men's hair
  • Shampoo, condition and treat the hair and scalp
  • Develop and maintain effectiveness at work
  • Create basic outlines and detailing in hair
  • Advise and consult with clients
  • Fulfil Salon Reception Duties
  • Information Communication Technology
  • Working Skills

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Evening
  • Online
  • Face-to-face
  • Online resources

How long will my course last?


The course is 1 year if studied full time during the day, or 2 years if studied part-time in the evening.

Students studying full time will be funded if eligible, students studying in the evening will be required to pay course fees, this is approximately £1,125. Please see information on course fees: Funding - Tuition fees (



Where can I study my course?

    • Inverness Campus

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


You will also be required to purchase a kit at a cost of approximately £250.

Additional costs

The cost of the course if studying part time in the evening is approx. £1,125 (payment plans are available). 


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I want to study full time in 2022/23 

I want to study part time (self funded) in the evening in 2022/23 

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Inverness. UHI Inverness operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.