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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Barbering aims to provide you with a range of specialist technical practical skills and knowledge which will equip you to seek employment or further training within the barbering industry.

This course is aimed at you should you wish to become a senior barber working on male clients.

Entry requirements

You will need to be motivated to achieve this qualification, be driven to be successful and be willing to work independently, be willing to self study,  and have the discipline required to meet deadlines and revise for exams.

You will need to have completed the Level 2 Qualification in Hairdressing, or Barbering, or Cutting & styling or Colouring & Styling.

We recommend you achieve a Level 2 qualification in barbering or have equivalent industry experience before enrolling on this course. you will require a placement in a barbershop or hair salon that provides barbering services in order to confirm a place on this programme.


City & Guilds Level 3 Advanced Technical Certificate in Barbering:

This qualification covers a very wide range of skills and knowledge required for working in the barbering industry.

The areas you will cover:

  • Cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
  • Design and create facial hair shapes
  • Shaving services
  • Barbering consultation services
  • Colour and lighten men's hair

What you'll learn (core modules)

To achieve the Level 3 Advanced Technical Diploma in Barbering candidates must successfully complete all the mandatory assessment components as well as the optional assessment components for their chosen optional units.

  • Unit 309 Barbering consultation services
  • Unit 310 Cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
  • Unit 311 Design and create a range of facial hair shapes
  • Unit 312 Provide shaving services
  • Unit 202 Colour and lighten men's hair

Benefits, skills and character strengths

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to an employer that you will have the skills and knowledge of health & safety, customer service, advanced cutting, shaving and styling services required for you to be employed as a senior barber. You will develop study skills and the resilience to learn, fail, improve and then master the skills required to be an advanced barber in this exciting and thriving industry.

How will I be assessed?

There is an externally set and marked exam that is available online as a computer based test. Students must pass this exam to achieve the qualification and there are three opportunities to pass. There is also an externally set but internally marked synoptic assessment, both of these elements will be pre-set by the awarding body, dates will be confirmed at the start of your course, and you will informed of re-sit dates for exams, you must be available for all of these exam opportunities.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

This course is taught at West Suffolk College campus.

Where will the course take me?

This qualification will lead to employment in a barber shop, cruise ship or hotel barber shop. It can also open up a  world of opportunity for your creative talents to be explored and demonstration events, competition showcases and teaching & training will be an option for you.
You could also progress into employment or to a Level 4 qualification in Advanced Techniques or Management.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

Yes there will be a top up list available for those who have the majority of tools in their kit, this will be provided on enrolment to the programme. Tuition heads are required for learning of techniques before moving to live models. A uniform polo shirt is also required to be worn whilst in the college salons, we will provide the order forms to you.

How much will it cost?

Students under the age of 19 will not have to pay course fees. Students over 19 will be entitled to a level 3 programme as long as you haven't already achieved an equivalent qualification in any other subject. If this is the case you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan that will pay for your course fees.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Apply online and an interview will be arranged with the course director for this course.

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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