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Barbering Certificate Level 3

  • Overview of the course

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    This intensive barbering course will enable you to develop essential skills and knowledge required by the barbering industry and is ideal if you wish to improve your business opportunities and increase your skill set. It will be suitable if you hold either Hairdressing Level 2 or Barbering Level 2 and/or have at least three years working in the industry.

    This course will be delivered in our state-of-the-art training room, The Academy, which includes five large air conditioned studios, all designed to provide realistic hairdressing/barbering working environments.

    You will enjoy and participate in a varied teaching and training programme and will be taught specialist skills and up-to-date techniques in creative cutting hair, cutting facial hair, shaving and facial massage.

    This course is ideal if you are enthusiastic and you hold a real passion for barbering, whilst wishing to progress towards senior level positions in the industry.

    You will work on clients in the realist college salon environment and whilst developing your creativity and vision.
  • What you'll learn

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    The course consists of both practical and theoretical aspects of Barbering. You will study a variety of topics including:

    302 - Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon
    303 - Consultation support for colleagues on hair services
    312 - Cut men's hair to create a variety of looks
    313 - Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks
    318 - Provide shaving and facial massage services
  • Entry requirements

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    You will hold a Level 2 in barbering or hairdressing and/or have relevant experience working in a salon.

    You will need to sit a successful interview and provide good references.

    Creativity, self motivation, good communication skills and a strong commitment to achieve are keys to success at Level 3.

    A good record of attendance and punctuality will be required and you will need to be highly motivated with a will to succeed and an ability to work independently and as part of a team in the barbering workshop and salon.

    You must have good dexterity and a keen interest in barbering and be willing to practise your skills outside the college.

    Good levels of English (ESOL must be at least Level 2) are important and good communication / interpersonal skills are essential.

    A tunic and barbering kit are required for the practical salon.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed on a continual basis in a flexible manner.

    Practical skills will be assessed on clients in a realistic working environment and oral questioning is also used.

    Theory assessments consist of online testing, assignments and portfolio work.
  • Is there anything else I need to know?

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    This course is a 34 week programme and is delivered one evening per week.

    An essential part of this demanding course includes excellent attendance, a good record of punctuality and study, attendance at seminars, shows and competitions.

    You will be actively encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to enter internal and external hairdressing competitions including the BBA British Barbering Association competitions, prestigious World Skills and Wella Xxposure competitions, and GMCG competitions.

    You will also be expected to provide a Level 3 barbering kit (no electrical equipment) costing approx. £129.00, a salon tunic approx. £23, or a gents polo shirt approx. £12 and black full shoes .

    It is encouraged and recommended when possible you arrange your own models for assessment purposes.

    Your timetable will include Wednesday, 5.30pm-9pm.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    In the first instance please send a message to
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the 'apply' button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details we will send you a text with a link to book a telephone interview. Please be aware that when a tutor calls you our number will appear as unknown/with-held/private.
  • Course Fees

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    Other fees: £1645.00
  • Future opportunities

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    You could progress on to:

    - Higher Education, inlcuding a Level 4 teaching qualification
    - Other hairdressing and barbering short courses
    - Employment as a barber or technical representative
    - Employment on a cruise ship
    - Own your own barbering business
    You could also attend our short courses.
  • Additional Information

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    Coronavirus Update

    In response to the COVID-19 situation we have made a number of changes to our traditional admissions and enrolment processes.
    All conditional offers and enrolments are currently being processed based on the information available to us at the time of a telephone interview and/or online enrolment.
    Once a course starts and we are able to meet with learners in person we may need to alter the class an individual attends if they do not meet the course entry requirements. We will keep learners informed of any decision to alter their class and support them through any changes necessary.
    Thank you for your understanding and co-operation in these unprecedented times.


    All learners will complete an individual learning plan which will be discussed with their tutor throughout the course.


    You may not have to pay tuition fees at all, if you fall into one of the groups eligible for fee exemptions. If you feel you may be eligible or would like someone to explain course fees in more detail, pleasecontact us via our Live Chat service available on any page of our website.

    Adult Learners

    Adult learners (19+) must provide evidence of their existing qualification at enrolment. Learners may not be able to enrol if this information is not provided when requested. If you have lost any certificates please contact your school in the first instance. If they are unable to provide a copy, you can contact one of the following exam boards (your school will be able to tell you which one applies to the exams you took):


    Whilst Coronavirus restrictions are in place, the best way to contact us is via our Live Chat service available from any page of our website. We will endeavor to staff this service from 10am – 3.30pm, Monday to Fridays.
    Bolton College works hard to ensure that the information provided is accurate.
    All courses are offered subject to student numbers and the College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or amalgamate any of the courses, fees, services, locations or facilities described at any time.

    Studying at College

    The health and safety of our learners and staff is very important to us and with the continued situation, related to the coronavirus outbreak, there will be an increased emphasis on study outside the classroom during the 2020/21 academic year. The proportion of these hours will depend on the individual qualification(s) being undertaken. You must do the work set during directed study or it will impact your progress on the course and therefore your achievement.

    Equalities Statement

    The College will treat all members of the community equally and will not favour any particular individual or group. English is our principal language but we will endeavour to provide information relating to this document in other formats and languages. If customers require this type of support they should contact the Recruitment & Relations Manager at

    Safeguarding Statement

    Bolton College are committed to ensuring that learners have a right to feel safe wherever they learn, in the classroom or online. If you have any personal safety or other worries, for example, feeling bullied; being made to feel uncomfortable or experiencing an inappropriate situation when you are attending college, please speak to the tutor, a member of the Reception Team or contact the College Safeguarding Team on 01204 482180 or via
  • Disclaimer

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    You may be aware that Bolton College currently has some limitations on the way it works, due to COVID-19. Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, due to the changeable nature of the situation and updates to government guidance, there may be changes to this programme and provision. We will endeavour to keep prospective and current students updated where appropriate and when the information becomes available.
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  • Time:

    17:00 - 20:30
    3.50 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    27 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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