City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 3

Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Enhanced Part Time Part time learning for 12 hours a week (sometimes more) with availability to grants.

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone



Start Date

Start Date
04 September 2023
*Enrolment still open

Monday and Tuesday

34 weeks

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

You'll need to have either a minimum of a Level 2 qualification in any hairdressing discipline or have gained experience of working in a barber shop without any formal qualifications.

In a nutshell

The Level 3 Certificate in Barbering is a qualification that has been specifically designed to develop your practical skills to an advanced level through a variety of techniques. It is ideal for those who aim to become senior stylists, creatively cutting men’s hair and the intricate specialist work of cutting facial hair.

This course is for you if...

... you already have a Hairdressing or Barbering qualification and want to become a Senior Stylist

... you have experience of cutting men's hair

... you're an experienced hairdresser who needs to gain qualifications to further your career

... you're looking to change careers.

What will I be doing?

The purpose of this qualification is to develop your practical skills to a high level of occupational ability to enable you to perform your own salon services.

The course is run over 15 hours per week, and covers basic techniques including mandatory and optional units.

Mandatory units include:

  • Observed/Assessed work with clients

  • Monitor procedures to safely control work operations

  • Provide hairdressing consultation services

  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of techniques.

  • Online multi-choice exams

Optional units include:

  • Colour hair using a variety of techniques

  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities

  • Consultation to identify clients' needs

  • Developing cutting/clipper techniques to achieve the desired look

  • Use of products and equipment

  • Health and safety in the salon

  • Providing suitable aftercare service

Underpinning this qualification, you'll develop a sound knowledge of monitoring health and safety whilst working in the barbering industry. You'll also develop a knowledge and understanding of the practical skills learned throughout this qualification.

What is expected of me?

For this course, you'll need to be self-motivated, hardworking, have respect for others and an enthusiasm for the subject.

What comes next?

Once you have completed the course, you'll be able to progress to NVQ Level 3 Ladies Hairdressing, or run your own salon, or specialise in hair types or hairdressing treatments.

You might want to think about these other qualifications too:

  • Level 3 Certificates and Diplomas in Hairdressing - update and learn new skills and techniques

  • Higher Professional Certificate/Diploma in Technical Salon Management - the skills to run your own hair salon

  • Award in Contact Dermatitis Prevention - the techniques to protect customers from infection.

Additional information

As a condition of your place on this course, you will be expected to purchase the appropriate kit, from our approved supplier, costing approximately £103.

To reflect industry expectations, you will be required to wear a Coleg Gwent salon uniform which is to be ordered from our approved supplier. For 2023/2024 the college will fund the cost of one full uniform. Details on how to order your free uniform and additional sets, with supplier payment options, can be obtained from your Head of School, Lecturer or Technician. The price for 2023/2024 is £45.

Additional costs could occur during the year for educational visits.

All costs are under review and subject to change.

Where can I study City & Guilds Diploma in Barbering Level 3?

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Enhanced Part Time)
Start Date: 04 September 2023

All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

Have any questions or are not sure if this is the right course for you?

Contact our Student Recruitment team