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Barbering Level 3

Course Information

  • Course Code: HB110
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Validated by: City and Guilds
  • Study mode: Full Time

This is a Level 3 Barbering programme that will give you the specialist skills needed in the Barbering industry.

There is an  increasing demand for Barbering services across the UK with many of our students going on to own their barbering business.

Guided by your tutor you will be able to choose from providing shaving services, face massage, designing and creating patterns in hair and creating facial hair shapes


What will I study?

The course will cover both mandatory and optional units that will need completing to be successful. Mandatory units include:

  • Shaving services
  • Design and create patterns in the hair
  • Design and create a range of facial hair shapes
  • Creatively cut hair using a combination of barbering techniques
  • Facial massage
  • Colour hair using a range of techniques
  • Health and safety

Guided by your tutor you will choose from providing shaving services, face massage, designing and creating patterns in the hair, colouring hair, developing and enhancing your creative hairdressing skills, contribute to the planning and implementation of promotional activities. 

Entry Requirements

A-Level 2 Barbering or Hairdressing course.


How will I be assessed?

You will take an end point theory exam and a synoptic trade test.

What can I do next?

Once you have completed your Level 3 course, you will be able to progress into employment within the sector or to University. Many students progress to the University Centre at Blackburn College. A particular course students can progress on to is:

  • Business Studies Foundation Degree FdA (Subject to Revalidation)
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Career Options


If you enjoy hairstyling and like meeting different people, this could be the perfect job for you. Hairdressers cut, colour and shape clients' hair to create the look they want.

You can train as a hairdresser either full-time or part-time at a college. You could also work as a trainee, where you would learn on the job and go to college on day release.

To become a hairdresser, you will need to have customer service and 'people' skills. You’ll need creativity and an awareness of fashion. You’ll also need a willingness to learn new techniques and methods.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire


Based in the Elizabeth Building within our £65 million campus, our salons are equipped to the highest industry standards. We have our very own commercial Spa Academy Hair and Beauty studios, including a spa, five hairdressing salons, a specialist barbering salon, a nail room, four beauty therapy studios and a media make up studio.

Enrichment & Employability

Every year, our hair & beauty students compete in Regional and National competitions such as the annual Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, The National Hair Federation Competition and Skills Olympics.

We also take our students to regular external events such as trade exhibitions, fairs and seminars, and trips to Wella, Illamasqua and Dennis Williams, to enhance their knowledge and learning experience.

To help our students learn about working in the industry, we host an annual industrial week where a number of employers and manufacturers such as Dermalogica, Jane Iredale and NSI come in to college to teach extra-curricular skills and provide advice on how to gain employment or progress to the next stage of your career. Many of these employers also offer work placements and voluntary opportunities, to help our students become ready for the workplace.

In additional to this, students also have the opportunity to take part in community events at schools, community centres and charity events which builds confidence, skills and enhances your CV.

Many of our students have gone on to own their own salons and you can even progress onto higher education following your studies.