Qualification Information

VTCT Product Code: AH30240 GLH: 431 - 493 Age Restriction: 16
Qualification Number: 600/1484/2 Units: 8 - 18 Registration End Date: 31st Jul 2020
Level: 3 Minimum Credits: 52

Additional Information

Who is this qualification for?

The VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering is a technical level qualification for learners seeking a career as an employed and/or self-employed men's hairdresser. This qualification is based on barbering National Occupational Standards (NOS) and is recognised by the UK's leading barbering association (British Barbering Association - BBA) as being fit for purpose for preparing learners for a career as a senior men's hairdresser. Learners should hold a Level 2 qualification in barbering prior to undertaking this qualification.

Why is this qualification most suitable?

This qualification forms part of a suite of barbering qualifications. At 431 - 493 guided learning hours (GLH), this qualification is larger than the VTCT Level 3 Diploma in Barbering Studies. Whilst both qualifications qualify learners to become senior men's hairdressers, this qualification in Barbering requires learners to achieve more units and develop a greater breadth of technical skills.

Hence, this qualification is most suitable for learners who wish to focus the majority of their Study Programme on men's hairdressing. In contrast, the Barbering Studies qualification is more suited to learners who wish to undertake a Level 3 barbering qualification alongside other smaller qualifications.

What does this qualification cover?

This qualification has been specifically designed for the 16-19 age group, builds on existing knowledge and understanding of barbering and will develop an enhanced repertoire of technical skills to prepare learners for employment as a senior men's hairdresser. Learners will have their barbering skills assessed in a real or realistic working environment.

This qualification includes all the required elements to work effectively as an advanced men's hairdresser including: health and safety; client consultation; advanced cutting and; selling products and services to clients. These units are all mandatory.

Learners will further develop their understanding and skills by selecting a number of optional specialist units which include: hair colour correction; specialist scalp services and treatments; perming and colouring - the full list of optional units is presented in the learner Record of Assessment book (RoA) (specification). This qualification's structure provides learners with the flexibility to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills depending upon their designated career pathway as a senior men's hairdresser

What could this qualification lead to?

Learners who complete this qualification are eligible to become a State Registered Barber (SRB) with The Hairdressing Council.

Career opportunities as an senior men's hairdresser exist in a variety of contexts, including:

- Commercial barbershops/salons
- Specialist African type hair barbershops/salons
- Independent/self-employed/mobile/home-based settings
- Product manufacturing and training
- Television, film, theatre and media
- Armed services
- HM prison service
- Cruise liners

Whilst this qualification's primary purpose is to prepare learners for employment as a senior men's hairdresser, learners may choose to develop their skills base further by undertaking advanced specialist qualifications at Level 4, including:

- VTCT Level 4 Award in Creative Male Grooming
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Diploma in Salon Management
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Hair and Scalp Services
- VTCT Level 4 Certificate in Hair Colour Correction

Qualification Structure

Mandatory Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 5 components and earn a minimum of 20 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30435 J/601/5337 Promote and sell products and services to clients 3 4 34
UV30491 R/600/8780 Monitor and maintain health and safety practice in the salon 3 4 29
UV30506 H/600/9061 Hairdressing consultation support for colleagues 3 3 30
UV30507 K/600/9062 Cut men's hair to create a variety of looks 3 5 44
UV30508 D/600/9060 Cut facial hair to create a variety of looks 3 4 32

Optional Units - from this group you'll need to cover a minimum of 3 components and earn a minimum of 32 credits.

Unit Code Unit Ref Unit Title Level Credits GLH
UV30452 R/601/5342 Research in the hair and beauty sector 3 7 44
UV30459 A/601/4461 IT and data handling in the hair and beauty sector 3 5 41
UV30460 J/601/4463 Marketing in the hair and beauty sector 3 6 32
UV30493 D/600/8779 Maintaining personal health and wellbeing 3 7 60
UV30497 D/600/8636 Colour hair to create a variety of looks 3 11 90
UV30498 H/600/8637 Creative hairdressing design skills 3 8 60
UV30509 M/601/2481 Human resource management within the hair and beauty sector 3 7 60
UV30516 F/600/8533 Perm hair to create a variety of looks 3 7 60
UV30517 A/600/8532 Style and finish African type hair using a variety of techniques 3 5 41
UV30518 D/600/8538 Relaxing services for African type hair 3 5 44
UV40501 F/601/4347 Hair colour correction 4 12 112
UV40502 J/601/4348 Manage the creation of a hair style collection 4 10 72
UV40519 D/601/5344 Hair and scalp specialist services 4 9 72

*For full details of the Rules of Combination for this qualification please see the Qualification Specification/Record of Assessment book.


*To find specifications for individual units, click on the "Structure" tab of your chosen qualification, select the unit code in the left hand column and on the new page click on the "Download unit book" tab under the unit title.

Centres approved to run this qualification

VTCT accredits centres to offer our qualifications, but cannot advise which centres are running particular courses at any time. Please contact the centre directly to find out if they currently offering your chosen qualification.

NB: The location displayed for each centre is based upon the centre's main address. The location displayed is not necessarily the only location that the centre can deliver VTCT qualifications from. For further information on a centre's delivery capabilities please select the centre's website address.

Centre Name Telephone Website Location
Cromwell Community College 01354 692193 Visit website Cambridgeshire
Nene Park Academy 01733 368300 Visit website Cambridgeshire - Peterborough
GHQ Training @ Inspirational Nails and Beauty Academy 01872 321020 Visit website Cornwall
Truro - Penwith College 01736 335000 Visit website Cornwall
East Midlands College of Beauty & Complementary Therapies 01332 368333 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Paragon Nail and Beauty Training Academy - Derby 01332 342767 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Progress to Excellence Limited - Derby 1 & 2 01462 488218 Visit website Derbyshire - Derby
Wild About Hair 01803 666478 Visit website Devon - Torbay
Mike Taylor Education 01202 649100 Visit website Dorset - Poole
A.L.D. Hairdressing Training Academy 01914111730 Visit website Durham
The Strand Training Academy 01245 345179 Visit website Essex
Any Driver Ltd Gloucester 07989 777775 Visit website Gloucestershire
Hayden Health and Beauty Training Academy 0844 335 0152 Visit website Gloucestershire
Basingstoke College of Technology 01256 354141 Visit website Hampshire
Learning & Enterprise College Bexley 0203 045 5176 Visit website Kent
Learning & Enterprise College Bexley - Erith 0203 045 5176 Visit website Kent
The Towers School and 6th Form Centre 01233 653531 Visit website Kent
Van Hoeff Hairdressing 01227 478860 Visit website Kent
Burnley College 01282 733373 Visit website Lancashire
Preston's College 01772 225001 Visit website Lancashire
Lincolnshire Beauty Therapy and Make-up Academy Ltd 07745 437513 Visit website Lincolnshire - North Lincolnshire
Ghost Academy 020 8590 4938 Visit website London - Barking and Dagenham
By Nico Hair Academy 07577800157 Visit website London - Enfield
The World of Work 020 3589 6723 Visit website London - Enfield
Therapy Learning Centre 07956 539922 Visit website London - Havering
Elmhouse Training 020 3538 5530 Visit website London - Lambeth
Aim Skills Development 020 8552 5684 Visit website London - Newham
alan d Hairdressing 020 7634 9400 Visit website London, City of
North Liverpool Academy 0151 260 4044 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
The City of Liverpool College 0151 252 1515 Visit website Merseyside - Liverpool
@BarbersNo1 Academy 07738662795 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Progress to Excellence Limited - St Helens 07753 453425 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
St Helens College - Town Centre Campus 01744 733766 Visit website Merseyside - St. Helens
Active Lifestyles 07971 504255 Visit website Nottinghamshire
Progress to Excellence Limited - Frome 01462 488218 Visit website Somerset
Yeovil College 01935 423921 Visit website Somerset
Weston College 01934 411411 Visit website Somerset - North Somerset
Bradford College 01274 433333 Visit website West Yorkshire - Bradford
Any Driver Ltd Halifax 07989 777775 Visit website West Yorkshire - Calderdale
Kirklees College - Huddersfield Centre 01484 437000 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
The Link Training Academy 01484 425500 Visit website West Yorkshire - Kirklees
Progress to Excellence Limited - Redditch 01462 488218 Visit website Worcestershire
INDIAN SCHOOL OF HAIRDRESSING +91 7045793130 Visit website India
Big Apple Academy +353 86 3618851 Visit website Ireland
Cavan School of Barbering +353 49 432 3498 Visit website Ireland
Churchtown Institute of Beauty & Holistic Training Ltd +353 1 458 6603 Visit website Ireland
Club Man Barber Academy +353 876172304 Visit website Ireland
Fifth Grade Academy +353 1 459 0525 Visit website Ireland
Grafters Academy +353 85 1221432 Visit website Ireland
Next Generation School of Barbering +353 857164847 Visit website Ireland
The Grafton Barber School of Excellence +353 87 221 5143 Visit website Ireland
Victor Hair Designers and Beauty Salon +356 2143 2909 Visit website Malta
Edinburgh College - Granton Campus 0131 559 4050 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Edinburgh College - Milton Road Campus 0131 559 4876 Visit website Edinburgh, City of
Fife College 01592 223400 Visit website Fife
BUSTQUE 325 (PTY) Ltd. +27 (0)11 763 7667 Visit website South Africa
├ľngel Kozmetoloji Koleji +90 392 223 7773 Visit website Turkey
Tommy's Education Centre 01492 870166 Visit website Conwy
Neath Port Talbot College - Coleg Castell Nedd Port Talbot 01639 648200 Visit website Neath Port Talbot
Coleg y Cymoedd - Aberdare 01685 887500 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Nantgarw 01443 662800 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff
Coleg y Cymoedd - Rhondda 01443 663202 Visit website Rhondda Cynon Taff