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
06 September 2021

*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

Tuition costs are free, but you'll need to pay awarding body registration fees of approximately £50 and buy a barbering kit costing around £150 for this course.

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Enhanced Part Time)
Start Date: 06 September 2021

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

Contact our Student Recruitment team

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

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