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Level 3 Diploma in Barbering

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering (QCF) is a technical level qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed men's hairdresser.

This qualification is based on barbering National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading barbering association (British Barbering Association - BBA) as being fit for purpose for preparing you for a career as a senior men's hairdresser.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This full-time course will start in September and take one year to complete.

A work placement within a barber shop is advisable as this will help to build on knowledge and skills to support the full completion of this course.

What will I study?

You will be taught by industry professionals and you will be based in the College's fully equipped, commercial salon, The Lounge. You will learn the theory behind the practices you explore and you will be provided with the confidence needed to launch your career in barbering.

This qualification builds on existing knowledge and understanding of barbering and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare you for employment as a senior men's hairdresser.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as an advanced men's hairdresser including: health and safety; client consultation; advanced cutting and; selling products and services to clients. These units are all mandatory.

How is it assessed?

All work is continually assessed and you will undertake practical assessments, observations, portfolio of evidence, written tasks and online testing.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should hold the level 2 diploma in barbering or a level 2 certificate in barbering along with a good standard of English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

However, if you are 19+, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

As a senior hairdresser/stylist, learners could progress directly into employment in a variety of contexts, which include:

  • commercial salons
  • specialist African type hair salons
  • independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
  • television, film, theatre and media
  • armed services
  • HM prison service
  • cruise liners
  • hospitals/care homes

Whilst the primary purpose of this qualification is to prepare learners for employment, learners may choose to develop their knowledge and skills further by completing a specialist qualification at Level 4 in one or more of the following areas:

  • salon management
  • hair colour correction
  • specialist hair and scalp services
  • advanced hair styling

I'm interested in this course, what do I do next?

If you would like any further information in relation to this course, please contact our enquiries team directly on 0800 99 66 99 or email enquire@sthelens.ac.uk or drop into our next Enrolment and Information Event. Alternatively, submit an application form to secure a place.

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