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Barbering (Level 3)

This course will cover the skills and knowledge to progress into employment in the barbering industry. The course is suitable for those wishing to gain the necessary skills to run their own business or work as a qualified barber.

Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need... 

Duration: 1 Year

  • 1 year Level 2 Barbering qualification

Course content

The study programme consists of practical, theory, tutorials, English and Maths.

  • Subject units:
    • Monitor health and safety practice in the workplace
    • Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
    • Cut mens hair to create a variety of looks
    • Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks
    • Colour hair to create a variety of looks
    • Creative Hairdressing design skills
    • Provide shaving and face massage services
    • Perm hair to create a variety of looks
    • Design and create patterns in hair
    • Promote and sell products and services to clients.
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience: 
    You will need to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience.
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    The programme will also involve demonstrations of current barbering trends.

Assessment methods

Each unit will have a variety of assessment criteria. This will be covered with on-line end of unit tests, assignments and practical assessments working on clients.


Barbering City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma

Plus English and maths qualifications if required
Further study and career options

You will be qualified to work as a barber or may to continue to expand on your skills with a course in womens hairdressing.

Additional information

You will be required to purchase a kit and uniform in order to undertake our Hair & Beauty courses (TBC).

Funding information
If you are aged 19 or over, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Alternatively, you can pay by instalments to help make the cost more affordable. Find out more about your payment options at 

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 13/09/2021 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Brooks Hair & Beauty Salon BBJ124

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If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

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We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.