Here we have put together some general information about our courses which will help you understand how we work and what we offer.

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Flexible Learning
Course Start Dates
Paying for your course
Training kit
How our training works
Course durations
Choosing the right course



Leeds Academy For Hairdressing And Barbering (LAFHAB) is accredited by VTCT, the specialist awarding body for the hairdressing and beauty sector. This means that the Barbering qualifications we offer are recognised not only throughout the UK but also internationally. Being a HABIA member school ensures that our training adheres to National Occupational Standards.

We only offer NVQ courses as they are achieved through practical experience and demonstration in a real salon/barbers environment, they should not be confused with VRQs which are theory-based and do not attest to the person’s actual ability.

Flexible learning

We are committed to delivering NVQ-accredited training that is flexible to meet the needs of students. We offer:
No academic dates – we don’t work to the academic calendar, meaning learners can start at any time – not just September
Flexible Attendance – learners can attend the Academy up to 5 days a week (Tuesday – Saturdays) – it’s up to you


We specialise in NVQ Diploma courses for hairdressing & barbering, levels 2 & 3, accredited by VTCT, ie:
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Barbering
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing + Barbering Units
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Hairdressing
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering

Course start dates

We don’t work to the academic calendar, instead Students can start at almost any time. The longest anyone would have to wait for a start date is usually 1 week.  Learners who are paying in instalments will have to wait 14 days between paying their deposit and starting, which is the ‘cooling off period.’


Our course fees are both simple and extremely competitive, and can be spread over up to 9 instalments, see below.
Hairdressing Level 2 NVQ Diploma: £3495
Hairdressing Level 3 NVQ Diploma: £3495 
Level 2 Hairdressing & Barbering Combined: £4950 
Barbering Level 2 NVQ Diploma: £3495 

Barbering Level 3 NVQ Diploma: £3495 
(no VAT or other charges applicable)

fees are inclusive of:

  • VTCT lifetime registration & certification fees
  • training materials & resources
  • free refreshments whilst training
  • 1 year’s Graduate membership to the Hair & Barber Council (Upon successful completion).

Paying for your course

In addition to paying in full, you can pay your course fee in up to 12 instalments (no interest, fees or charges apply); fees can be paid in cash, by card, BACS etc. There’s no credit check, we just need a proof of identity and 2 utility bills.

Spreading the cost:

Level 2 Hairdressing / Barbering: £3495
Non refundable deposit: £375 + 12 monthly instalments of £260

All figures above are approximate and should serve as a guide, prices may be updated.
Please note: 
Certificates will not be issued until all course payments have been made.

Training kit

Learners will need to purchase a suitable training kit (we can provide information and assistance with this), and training heads to practice on (available to buy here at the academy at reduced prices).  We provide our Learners with a letter confirming their course, which allows them to open trade accounts with Salon Services, Dennis Williams etc.

How our training works

We start with classroom-based theoretical training using HABIA’s own training materials for individual units, the next stage for most units is practising on training heads. When both Assessors and you feel that you are ready, you will then start performing services on real clients in the salon or barbers, under supervision. Throughout your course duration you may perform up to 100 client services which will give you a great deal of salon/barbers experience, we do not push anyone into this. We provide one-to-one tuition and additional support where required, we have additional resources and support for people with Dyslexia or other learning difficulties. We also provide individual learning plans, and progress is tracked with periodic reviews.

Course durations

It is our mission to train people to a high standard and be “salon ready” – ie confident and experienced enough to work directly in a salon or barbers environment.  As people learn at different paces, the time taken to qualify will be different from one person to the next, and our training adjusts to meets the needs of individuals.  We therefore do not provide course durations, instead we say that the course depends on you and how frequently you attend.  Course fees entitle Learners to train for up to 18 months (24 months for the combined course), as an approximate guide an average person may attend approximately 60 full days for hairdressing or barbering, 100 days for the hairdressing & barbering combined.  For a more detailed explanation, see our page How We Work.


National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are work-based awards that are achieved through assessment and training. To achieve an NVQ, candidates must prove competence to the required standard as set out in the National Occupational Standards which describe the competencies expected in the applicable job role.  NVQs should not be confused with VRQs, which many providers offer but many Employers reject, because unlike NVQs they are largely theory-based and do not adequately demonstrate an individual’s true skill.

Choosing the right course

We offer accredited Hairdressing and Barbering NVQ courses, we want to ensure you take the best course based on your abilities, experience and career plans. This is why we suggest that prospective learners contact us or arrange to call into our Academy where we will discuss the best course options based on your existing qualifications and career ambitions.

All Learners can start at level 2, if you are already NVQ-qualified in hairdressing or barbering, you can proceed to level 3.

If you are qualified and have a certificate, once your competence has been assessed by our tutors you will can transfer the credits and units already achieved onto your new course.

With our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy, existing accreditation and industry experience can be taken into account against your course, reducing the course length and fees.

We want to ensure we deliver the course that best suit your requirements, therefore if you are unsure which course is best for you we highly recommend contacting us and arranging to visit our Academy for an informal chat where we can look at the options.

Additional information

As you would expect in any college or academy, we have certain policies in place which Learners must be aware of and adhere to.  These policies include Equality & Diversity, Policy against harassment and bullying, and we also have general terms & conditions.  The provision of training is subject to everyone’s acceptance and compliance of all our policies.

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