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Level 3 Diploma in Barbering

This advanced, technical level qualification is the perfect platform to launch a career as an employed and/or self-employed men's hairdresser.

You will explore everything from advanced cutting and trimming skills to salon management and providing first-class client consultations.

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?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

During this course, you will cover the following:

  • Health and safety
  • Client consultation
  • Salon management
  • Advanced cutting and trimming skills
  • Selling products and services to clients

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 have GCSEs at grade 3 (equivalent to grade D) or above in English and maths and have successfully completed a level 2 barbering qualification.

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 are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2018), 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.

If you are an adult student aged 19 or over, course fees are dependent on your personal circumstances and you may be eligible for funding. You could also choose to apply for a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees enabling you to study now, pay later. Loan eligibility isn't dependent on income or employment status and there is no credit check. Loan repayments don't start until you have finished your course and earn over £21,000 per year.

More information can be provided upon application. For more information on the Advanced Learner Loan, please click here.

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

As a senior hairdresser/stylist, students 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 students for employment, students 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

Additional Information

As part of this programme you are required to wear a uniform. There is also a kit required to complete your assessments which can be purchased from a recommended supplier. You may be eligible for financial support to cover these costs.

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