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Apprenticeship - Barbering Level 3

Key Details

  • Available at:
    Work-Based Learning
  • Study Mode:
  • Course Length:

    78 weeks (18 months)

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Apprenticeship - Barbering Level 3


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Course Description

This framework provides a nationally agreed apprenticeship framework for a work-based learning route into employment for the barbering industry, using qualifications that combine both skills and knowledge.

The Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Barbering will allow the junior barber to advance their creative skills.

Entry Criteria

  • You must have an NVQ Level 2 equivalent in Barbering or Hairdressing or relevant industrial experience
  • You must have an employer that can cover the NVQ criteria or we can support you in finding an employer
  • You must be enthusiastic, committed and willing to learn
  • You must have a calm and caring personality
  • You will be required to attend an interview

All places are subject to satisfactory interview and meeting clientele requirements


The course is delivered in the workplace. However, Work-Based Learners will have opportunities to attend college for:

  • Upskilling classes for practical and theory
  • Commercial sessions
  • Demonstrations

You will have to attend Essential Skills Qualifications sessions at a convenient college site, if required.


The course is assessed through a blend of the following:

  • Electronic Portfolio of practical assessments for each unit Assignments and tasks
  • Multiple-choice tests covering the underpinning knowledge (Online Exams) Theory based tasks and tests
  • Work-Based Observations and Assessments
  • Your behaviour will also count towards your assessment, in terms of maturity, development, interaction and communication


The Level 3 NVQ gives you a valuable qualification and will help you progress in the right direction towards a challenging career. You will be able to seek additional responsibilities in your workplace, and may be able to work in a supervisory or managerial role.

You will also be prepared for further study at a more advanced level. You could continue to study and progress into higher education salon management.

Progression may also be available to other Hairdressing Pathways.

Campus Information Work-Based Learning

Candidates must complete all 4 mandatory units totaling 40 credits and optional units toa minimum of 26 credits to give an overall total of 66 credits to achieve the full qualification.


  • Provide client consultation services - 8 credits (3 Competence 5 Knowledge)
  • Provide shaving services - 11 credits (5 Competence 6 Knowledge)
  • Design and create a range of facial hair shapes - 7 credits (3 Competence 4 Knowledge)
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques - 14 credits (8 Competence 6 Knowledge)


  • Provide a variety of relaxing services - 9 credits (5 Competence 4 Knowledge)
  • Design and create patterns in hair - 12 credits (6 Competence 6 Knowledge)
  • Hair colour correction services 15 credits (7 Competence 8 Knowledge)
  • Develop, enhance and evaluate your creative hairdressing skills - 9 credits (4 Competence 5 Knowledge)
  • Provide specialist hair and scalp treatments - 12 credits (4 Competence 8 Knowledge)
  • Perm and neutralise hair - 10 credits (5 Competence 5 Knowledge)
  • Colour and lighten men's hair - 14 credits (6 Competence 8 Knowledge)
  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities - 10 credits (3 Competence 7 Knowledge)
  • Contribute to the financial effectiveness of the business - 7 credits (4 Competence 3 Knowledge)
  • Fulfill salon reception duties - 6 credits (4 Competence 2 Knowledge)

Additional Essential Skills units: (A proxy can be applied if we have proof of prior achievement)

  • Communications Level 2
  • Application of Number Level 2
  • Digital Literacy Level 1

Employment Rights & Responsibilities (ERR)

Other details

Course type: Apprenticeships

Level: 3

Programme Area:

  • Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy


Bilingual delivery available

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Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy

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