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Barbering Diploma Level 3
September 2024 start

Full-Time Study Programmes & Apprenticeships

  • Overview of the course

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    The Level 3 Barbering Course is delivered in our state of the art Hairdressing Academy which includes 5 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. This intensive barbering course will enable you to be at the level which the barbering industry requires from its barbers. You will be taught specialist skills including up to date techniques in creative cutting hair, cutting facial hair, shaving and facial massage skills. This course is ideal for the enthusiastic learner that has a real passion for barbering and wishes to progress towards senior level positions in the industry. The tible is very intense and will include working on clients in the real working environment, whilst developing your creativity and vision.
  • What you'll learn

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

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    You will need a Level 2 hairdressing/ Barbering qualification or other relevant experience in a salon. You will need to pass a successful interview and provide a good reference. Creativity, self motivation, good communication skills and a strong commitment to achieve are keys to success at Level 3
  • How will I be assessed?

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    You will be assessed on a continual basis. Practical skills will be assessed on clients in a realistic working environment with industrial timings, 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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    An essential part of this demanding course is 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 exposure competitions and GM comps.

    You will also be expected to provide a Level 3 barbering kit (no electrical equipment) 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.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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    Please email:
  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    Complete an online application form on the college website.
  • Future opportunities

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    You could progress onto Higher Education: Level 4 teaching qualification. Go on to other hairdressing and barbering short courses. Seek employment as a barber, technical representative, work on a cruise ship; or even own your own barbers.
  • Enrichment

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    Sitting a job interview, writing a personal statement, applying for university - taking part in our enrichment programme will give you a CV to wow in all of these situations! You’ll benefit from departmental and cross-college enrichment with:
    • Inspiring trips and experiences
    • Meetings with industry experts
    • Visits to leading companies in your sector

    As well as giving you essential professional and technical skills, you’ll demonstrate that you’re a successful and well-rounded person, helping you to make a lasting impression.

    We want you to have fun, so we also have plenty of leisure and sporting activities for you to enjoy, improving your health and wellbeing
  • Preparing for your career

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    You'll have your own Learning Development Mentor (LDM) and Work Placement Officer, helping you create both academic and career plans.

    Thanks to our partnership with the University of Bolton, you'll also benefit from everything the University has to offer, with a range of opportunities to build additional skills and experiences, giving you everything you need to become a FUTURE SUCCESS in whichever field you choose!

    Exposure to employers is also an integral part of this programme – we'll seek to ensure that you have opportunities to gain real-word experience of your sector, either on short work experience or an extended Industry placement.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re an elite College, and part of the University of Bolton Group, offering you a gateway to all of Greater Manchester’s vast range of fantastic opportunities for specialist careers, university degree courses and higher Apprenticeships.

    We’ll reward your achievements with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre and the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    Our £75 million campus offers a refurbished fitness suite and sports hall; Apple Mac suites; libraries, a lecture theatre; hair and beauty salon; and a restaurant, café and canteen.

    You’ll also enjoy a wide range of events, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations
  • How to apply?

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    Click the yellow ‘Apply’ button on this page.

    You’ll be asked to set up a Learner Hub account so that you can track your application and enrol online. You’ll also be asked to book your interview for your course at the same time.

    If you have any difficulties setting up your Learner Hub account, please email
  • Open Events

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    Open Events are the best way to discover what life as a Bolton College student is like, giving you an insight into College life.

    Open Events at our Deane Road Campus are as follows:
    • Tuesday 17th October 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Wednesday 15th November 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Thursday 14th December 2023, 5pm-8pm
    • Tuesday 6th February 2024, 5pm-8pm

    If you’d like to attend one of these events, register by visiting here
  • Disclaimer

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    Although every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within this document is accurate, 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:

    09:00 - 17:00
    14.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    36 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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