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Barbering – Level 3 Diploma

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0191 447 3050




Course Level:


Typical Duration:

Up to 28 weeks.


Sunderland, Seaham.

Awarding body:

The awarding body for this course is VTCT.

Entry Requirements:

The entry requirements for Level 3 Barbering are:

  • Must be aged 19 or over.
  • Must have a Level 2 Barbering qualification, however we may be able to combine level 2 and level 3, depending on experience.


To be eligible for this course you must be 19 years old or over.


The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering is an occupational qualification that provides you with the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as an employed and/or self-employed barber able to work on hair combining a variety of different technical skills.

This qualification is ideal for those who hold a hairdressing or barbering qualification and work in a commercial barbershop/salon. This qualification covers specific skills necessary to work as a senior hairdresser in the men’s/barber hairdressing industry. The qualification builds on existing knowledge and understanding of hairdressing and develops more detailed and enhanced technical skills necessary for employment. Your skills and techniques will be assessed in a real working environment.

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.

Who it's for:

This course is for individuals who are looking to enhance their career within the barbering industry.


You will need to cover a minimum of four components and earn a minimum of 40 credits:

  • Provide client consultation services.
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques.
  • Design and create a range of facial hair shapes.
  • Provide shaving services.
  • Relevant Level 2 Award in Infection Prevention (COVID-19).

From the group of optional units you will need to cover a minimum of two components and earn a minimum of 26 credits.


During this course you will be assessed through various assessments, multiple choice theory exams, evidence portfolio and workbooks. Also, a 90% attendance is required to pass the course due to the intensity and course length.

Progression/Career Path:

Career opportunities as an all hair types hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including:

  • Commercial barbershops/salons.
  • Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings.
  • Product manufacturing and training.
  • Armed services.
  • HM Prison service.
  • Cruise liners.
  • Hospitals/care homes.


The cost is £3,345 and may be funded by a 19+ Advanced Learner Loan through Student Finance England. Advanced Learner Loans enable eligible individuals aged 19+ to invest in their development with no upfront costs. It’s easy to apply, your household income isn’t taken into account and there’s no credit check. You won’t have to pay anything back until you have completed your course and your income is over the threshold.

Advanced Learner Loans: a guide to terms and conditions – GOV.UK (

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